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|I hope I have got the ID correct. This picture was taken during my recent trip to Ocean park, Hongkong. Was waiting for a water ride when this beautiful lizard appeared as it was waiting for me to take a pic. Surprisingly, Hongkong is not featuring as a country which I can choose from where this picture was taken.|
The Oriental Garden Lizard, Eastern Garden Lizard or Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor) is an agamid lizard found widely distributed in Asia. It has also been introduced in many other parts of the world. It is an insectivore and the male gets a bright red throat in the breeding season leading to a common incorrect name of "Bloodsucker".
Two small groups of spines, perfectly separated from each other, above each tympanum. Dorsal crest moderately elevated on the neck and anterior part of the trunk, extending on to the root of the tail in large individuals, and gradually disappearing on the middle of the trunk in younger ones. No fold in front of the shoulder, but the scales behind the lower jaw are much smaller than the others; gular sac not developed. From thirty-nine to forty-three series of scales round the middle of the trunk. The hind foot (measured from the heel to the extremity of the fourth toe) is not much longer than the head in the adult, whilst it is considerably longer in the young. The coloration is very variable, sometimes uniform brownish or greyish-olive or yellowish. Generally broad brown bands across the back, interrupted by a yellowish lateral band. Black streaks radiate from the eye, and some of them are continued over the throat, running obliquely backwards, belly frequently with greyish longitudinal stripes, one along the median line being the most distinct; young and half-grown specimens have a dark, black-edged band across the inter-orbital region.
Changeable Lizards eat mainly insects and small vertebrates, including rodents and other lizards. Although they have teeth, these are designed for gripping prey and not tearing it up. So prey is swallowed whole, after it is stunned by shaking it about. Sometimes, young inexperienced Changeable Lizards may choke on prey which are too large. Occasionally changeable lizards also consume vegetable matter. They are commonly found among the undergrowth in open habitats including highly urban areas.
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wow what a shot. He looks as if he is proudly soaking in the rays and the leaves in the background almost give him a prehistoric dinosaur posture! :0)Such big eyes too! Would love to see him even closer!
Ciao Sujoy, difficult light, but great capture of fantastic preistorich monster, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Just beautiful and in very good quality. Well captured. It is a pleasure to view and a very good note too.