Thursday, September 24, 2009

Moulting Gliders

Thought that the tag to my folder for the Common Gliding Lizards made an interesting title for this post. Did a round of palm tree inspections to see what I would find. A failed start began this round, forgot to insert a compact flash card into the camera duh? Had to run back home to retrieve card before I could begin photographing the strange looking Common Gliding Lizards I spotted on a palm tree. In total, there were five lizards on three palm trees at various stages of moulting and looking like alien species. I was witnessing a mass moult among the population of gliding lizards living on a cluster of palm trees.What amused me was watching one lizard contort itself in a ballet like movement to get dead skin to come off.On a different cluster at the other end the lizards weren't moulting.The pair I observed were busy feeding on ants going round the palm tree.

4 comments:

ria said...

I always learn so much about our fascinating wildlife from your blog. Thank you for sharing!

Shawn said...

Gosh! That 4th shot is simply stunning! You're really lucky to be able to spot so many of these creatures... Saw one of them in Sungei Buloh today but it didn't stay for long, hence I couldn't get much shots. :(

Shirls said...

thanks ria!

shawn, i have been to these palm trees so many times that the lizards probably think oh it's the tree inspector again. :) The baby clouded monitor lizards are shyer than the gliders.

Shawn said...

I see... Hey must tell me where you find em if I do make my way there during november! I'd absolutely love to see more of them.