Plica umbra — Blue-lipped Tree Lizard
Some other names for this species:
Subspecies I've seen:
P. u. ochrocollaris
Olive Tree Runner
Plica umbra ochrocollaris — Olive Tree Runner
I never did see any of these diurnal lizards during the day, but I saw a couple sleeping at night. This one was resting in plain sight about five feet off the ground. We took a few photos until it started to get nervous, then caught it and brought it back to the field station to take photos the next day. Unfortunately for me, it ended up getting released before I got any daytime photos.
This individual, of nearly identical size to the one from Madre Selva, was resting vertically and obscured by foliage. My bet is on this one for surviving to adulthood.
This lizard, hanging upside down from a tree trunk that was leaning over a creek, was the first Plica umbra that I've seen during the day.
Leaves serve just as well as twigs for Plica umbra bedding.
On my 2016 trip I only got a couple glimpses of this species, and only this one terrible photo. I'm not even completely sure that I've identified this lizard correctly, but I couldn't come up with any other candidates.
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Dixon, J. R. and Soini, P. 1986. The Reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos Region, Peru
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest