Amazon Forest Dragon
Some other names for this species:
Amazon Wood Lizard, Guichenot’s Dwarf Iguana, Broad-headed Wood Lizard
Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, Peru—January 22, 2013
I spotted this sleeping lizard on a hike with Mitch Berk on our last night of this Peruvian Amazon adventure. I had previously seen a couple of similarly-sized small green sleeping lizards at night, and assumed that this was the same species, Plica umbra
. I took a photo or two from above but didn't give it much thought.
The next day I ran into Mitch, who said that he thought something about the shape of the lizard's head didn't seem right for Plica umbra, and he compared with some other photos and concluded that it was in fact a tiny baby Enyalioides laticeps, a species that neither of us had yet seen, and which I particularly wanted to see as it would be my first representative of the lizard family Hoplocercidae. Dick Bartlett took a look at the photos and agreed with Mitch, so there you have it: new species for my life list, in a new genus, in a new family. Good thing I had bothered to take a photo, even if it is a pretty crappy one.
Here is a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2013 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.
Madre Selva Biological Station, Loreto, Peru—January 12, 2014
On this year's trip to Peru, we saw many more sleeping Enyalioides laticeps
than the single one from last year. Here are a couple of fairly large ones from our first night out.
Here is a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2014 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.
Madre Selva Biological Station, Loreto, Peru—January 13, 2014
This one is almost but not quite as young as the tiny baby we found last year.
Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, Peru—January 19, 2014
This one has a nice combination of bright green and strong pattern.
Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, Peru—January 21, 2014
So far this is the only one of these lizards that I've ever seen during the day. They are much easier to find when they are sleeping!
Madre Selva Biological Station, Loreto, Peru—January 31, 2016
Madre Selva Biological Station, Loreto, Peru—February 3, 2016
Here's a couple more from a few nights later. I saw several others on this trip also, all of which were sleeping in the vegetation at night. Across my three visits to this area, I must have seen at least twenty of these at night, and exactly one during the day.
My Travelogues and Trip Lists page includes a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2016 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.