Aphaniotis fusca — Dusky Earless Agama
Some other names for this species:
Earless Agamid, Peninsular Earless Agama, Earless Lizard
Agamids are relatively large, diurnal, and common lizards in Malaysia, so you'd think I would see a lot of them during the day. You would be wrong though. I did see a lot of them, but almost entirely at night as they slept in the rainforest. For example, I saw many Aphaniotis fusca in both West and East Malaysia, but this was the only one I saw during the day.
That evening I saw my first sleeping Aphaniotis fusca. They look so helpless splayed out on leaves at night. Watch out for those nasty snakes, little lizard!
The next evening, I saw a few more napping earless agamas. The first one pictured here jumped down from its sleeping perch and caught a leaf in this dramatic pose. The second one probably knew I was there also since it's eyes were open, but it chose to believe that I couldn't see it.
Some Aphaniotis fusca preferred twigs to leaves for their comfy bedding.
In certain areas, some (but not all) adult male Aphaniotis fusca have striking blue eyes.
- Das, I. 2010. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-east Asia
- Das, I. 2004. Lizards of Borneo
- Grismer, L. L. 2011. Lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and their Adjacent Archipelagos