Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Imitating A Twig

I spied this Changeable Lizard trying to blend in with the twig it was on. I had to capture the moment as the lizard reminded me of Sri Lankan Stilt Fishermen.
This species is so named as they can change their colors quite quickly. The main color is usually a light brown to grayish olive and speckled with dark brown bands. They can change to iridescent green, or hued in bright orange, red, blue and black. Hence, they have often been often called chameleons by people here because of their ability to change color.
However, the ability to change colors only existing in the male lizard during the breeding season. The only similarity to chameleons is the lizard's ability to move each of its eyes in different directions.
The only thing that this lizard was doing was changing leg position.


Shawn said...

Hmmm... Shirls, I are you sure that could be a Changeable Lizard? I don't think so. It looks small, and the way it is holding onto the twig makes it look more like a Earless Agamid. I can confirm it for you if you have some side shots of the lizard. I've seen one before, and it was exactly the same as this one. Same look, same pose.

Shirls said...

Hi Shawn, the lizard is definitely a changeable lizard. The twig isn't that narrow it's how the photo turned out that is what makes it interesting.

Shawn said...
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Shawn said...

Oh then I should be wrong then. Taking a closer look, yes, it does look more and more like a changeable. Well, just curious, hoping that you did not mistake a rare lizard for a common one!