Photo Of The Month

July 2024

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  • Common Name: Changeable Lizard
  • Scientific Name: Calotes versicolor
  • Date Taken: March 1st, 2019
  • Location: Udon Thani
  • Thailand
  • Photographer: Howard Cunningham

  • Commonly known as the Oriental Garden Lizard, or Changeable Crested Lizard,
    it is a widespread species native to south and southeast Asia. It was
    introduced to Singapore from Malaysia and Thailand in the 1980s. In
    Singapore, it appears to have out-competed the native Green Crested Lizard.
    It belongs to the Agamidae family and is noted for its ability to change
    color, particularly during the breeding season, when males turn bright
    red or orange on the head and throat. Primarily insectivorous, it eats
    insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, and ants; as well as small
    vertebrates, including rodents and other lizards. The Changeable lizard
    is relatively common and is found in a wide range of habitats. They are
    found in gardens, forests, and urban areas, among undergrowth, in open
    habitats as well as highly urban areas. Males become highly territorial
    during breeding season. They discourage intruding males by brightening
    their red heads and doing "push-ups". Each tries to attract a female by
    inflating his throat and drawing attention to his colored head. About
    10—20 eggs are laid, buried in moist soil. The eggs are long,
    spindle-shaped and covered with a leathery skin. They hatch in about 6–7
    weeks. They appear to adapt well to humans and are thus not endangered.

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