The reptiles of the seasonal drier forests of tropical Asia...
Calotes versicolor, 'Oriental/Changeable Garden Dragon/Lizard'. Develops bright red throat in breeding season.
These lizards get their name from the fact that they can glide long distances using their wing-like, patagia; stretched skin supported by elongated thoracic ribs.
They are perhaps slightly easier to see in the drier forest than the wet. The males display a bright flap of skin from their neck, the gular flag.
Butterfly Lizards live in open areas, where they construct burrows which they duck into quickly when they are alarmed.
Leiolepsis sp. 'Butterfly Lizard'
Varanus bengalensis, 'Indian/Land/Bengal Monitor'. Found in India, the middle east, and into south-east Asia.
Ahaetulla prasina, 'Oriental Whip Snake', 'Asian Vine Snake'. Very thin, with long pointy snout and large eyes. Usually seen sliding through canopy. Throughout south-east Asia.
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