Bronchocela cristatella — Green Crested Lizard
Some other names for this species:
Green Tree Dragon, Borneo Blood-sucker
This graceful, agile lizard is one of the most commonly seen agamids in large swaths of southeast Asia. Like most of the other agamids in the area, they are active by day but are often seen resting at night in forest vegetation.
Their incredibly long tails help them balance while maneuvering from branch to branch. (This one is not maneuvering, though. It was just sleeping until my presence woke it up.)
My sister calls this one the Goth Lizard. It was extremely well camouflaged in a hedge on a drizzly morning. I noticed it while I was waiting for a taxi. You don't have to go deep into a forest to find these lizards.
This one was, however, in an actual forest. Not too deep though.
This one perched high up a tree trunk in a public park. Day-glo!
- Bronchocela cristatella account on The Reptile Database
- Bronchocela cristatella account on Ecology Asia
- 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