Family : Agamidae
Species : Bronchocela cristatella
Size (snout to vent) : 13 cm
Size (total length) : 57 cm
A stunning species, the
Green Crested Lizard inhabits primary and secondary forest, but can also be
found in disturbed areas and parklands. The body colour is bright green,
sometimes with a bluish tinge on the head. When threatened the body colour
can become more brown. Males have an attractive neck crest. The tail makes
up over 75 percent of its total length.
This lizard is known to occur in Burma, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia,
Singapore, various islands of the Philippines (from Luzon in the north to Mindanao and
Palawan in the south), Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and other parts of Eastern
Indonesia, and Java. It is absent from Bali.
In Singapore its
abundance is in decline, possibly due to competition from the introduced
Changeable Lizard Calotes versicolor.
Fig 1 : Specimen from Singapore's central forests showing great agility in
clinging to vegetation with slender fingers and toes.
Fig 2 : Specimen from Semenggoh Forest, Sarawak, Borneo.
Fig 3 : Searching for insects on the rotting trunk of a dying tree, Singapore.
Note the extremely long tail.
Fig 4 : Specimen from Temenggor Lake, northern Peninsular Malaysia.
Fig 5 : Specimen from Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.
References : H1, H2, H13