INDO-MALAYAN Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest
reptiles

Thinking of doing expedition travel after everything has calmed down? I do a lot of my guiding and lecturing work on Silversea.


Agamidae, Dragons

Calotes. Dragons can change colour quickly! (Angkor Wat, Cambodia).

Calotes nigrilabris, 'Black-lipped Lizard'. Endemic to Sri Lanka, where it usually found at high altitude above 100o metres  (Horton Plains, Sri Lanka).

Ceratophora stoddartii, 'Rhino Horned Lizard'.  Endemic to Sri Lanka, where it usually found on moss-laden branches of shrubs in high altitude cloud forest (Horton Plains, Sri Lanka).

Bronchocela cristatella, 'Green Crested Lizard'. (Khao Sok National Park, Thailand).

Draco spp.'Gliding Lizards'

These amazing lizards are common, but often difficult to see at first. They are usually noticed clinging upright on tree trunks. The males will often display a bright flap of skin from their neck, the gular flag. They get their common name from the fact that they can glide long distances using their wing-like, patagia; stretched skin supported by elongated thoracic ribs.

possibly Draco indochinensis 'Indo-Chinese Flying Lizard' (Jahoo Camp, Cambodia).

Family Gekkonidae, Geckos

Gekko gecko, 'Tokay Gecko' (Baan Maka, Thailand). This is the 'orginal gecko'. The name 'gecko', 'tokay' and all the other similar common names throughout Asia come from the loud call of this species. It is a large lizard, up to 30 cm long. It often has bright orange spots. This species is mostly found on trees in tropical rainforest across tropical Asia and into some Pacific islands, but also around human habitation within that range.

Family Viperidae

Calloselasma rhodostoma, 'Malayan Pit Viper'. A small specimen with lighter for scale (Jahoo Camp, Cambodia).