Bronchocela cristatella — Green Crested Lizard
Also known as:
Green Tree Dragon, Borneo Blood-sucker, Green Tree Lizard
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!
This one looks like it's had a rough time recently.
This one was young and frisky, showing off its lizard agility by jumping from branch to branch.
The first one here greeted us at the bottom of Mulu's canopy walk. The second one was up on the canopy walk handrail. They are known to change from green to brown, though this was the first brown one I've seen.
I might as well record a photograph of one of these common lizards from every location where I see them, just in case it's ever split into umpteen jillion separate species.
Here's a particularly bright one. Check out the weak cross-bands composed of blue spots.
- Bronchocela cristatella account on The Reptile Database
- Bronchocela cristatella account on Ecology Asia
- Das, I. 2004. Lizards of Borneo
- Das, I. 2010. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-east Asia
- Grismer, L. L. 2011. Lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and their Adjacent Archipelagos