Peninsular Rock Agama (Pasmmophilus dorsalis)

Also known as the South Indian Rock Agama, the Peninsular Rock Agama is a species of Agamid lizard that is native to southern India, specifically the Western Ghats, South Arcot and Nallamalai Hills. Peninsular rock agamas are typically found on bare rocks and feed mainly on insects.  During the breeding season male P. dorsalis will assume a bright red and black coloration in-order to attract females.


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Image(s): J.M. Garg

Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissma)

…a large species of aboreal Iguana (Iguanidae) which is endemic to the island chain of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Lesser Antillean iguanas typically inhabit scrub woodland, mangroves, and rainforests where they will feed on leaves, flowers, fruit and other plant material. I. delicatissma  is fairly similar to its more popular cousin the green iguana (I. iguana) but can be distinguished by its more blocky, shortened face, the lack of a striped pattern along its tail, and the lack of  a large round scale below its ear holes. 

Currently Iguana delicatissma is listed as endangered by the IUCN, as it faces threats from hunting, habitat loss,  the introduction of predators, and even the introduction of the other member of its genus I. iguana which directly competes with I. delicatissma and is known to hybridize with it. 


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Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma inornata)

…a species of fringe-toed lizard (Uma spp.) which is endemic to the state of California in the United States. Within California, the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard is restricted to habitats with fine, windblown sand deposits in the sandy plains of the Coachella Valley, Riverside County, California. U. inornata is very well adapted for live in the desert, it is noted for possessing a wedge-shaped nose which allows it to burrow through sand. It also has elongated scales which cover its ears to keep out sand. 


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Allison’s Anole (Anolis allisoni)

Also sometimes known as the blue-headed anole, Allison’s anole is a species of anole (Anolis spp.) which is known to occur in Cuba, Honduras and several surrounding islands. Allison’s anoles are typically seen in the canopy and on the upper trunk of tall palm trees (typically coconut palm trees) where they will feed on a range of invertebrates which also inhabit the trees. 


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