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INDO-MALAYAN Tropical & Subtropical Dry (Deciduous) Forest

The reptiles of the seasonal drier forests of tropical Asia...

Order Squamata: Lizards and Snakes

Family Agamidae: 'Dragons'

Dragon in Cambodia (image by Damon Ramsey)Dragon (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
(Yala National Park, Sri Lanka)

Calotes versicolor, 'Oriental/Changeable Garden Dragon/Lizard'. Develops bright red throat in breeding season.

Draco spp.'Gliding Lizards'

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. 

Gliding Dragon, (Bali Barat, Indonesia)

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

Subfamily Leiolepidinae: Butterfly Lizards

Butterfly Lizards live in open areas, where they construct burrows which they duck into quickly when they are alarmed.

(Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia)

Leiolepsis sp. 'Butterfly Lizard'

Family Scincidae

Skink (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).

Family Varanidae

(Yala National Park, Sri Lanka)

Varanus bengalensis, 'Indian/Land/Bengal Monitor'. Found in India, the middle east, and into south-east Asia.

Suborder Serpentes: Snakes

(Bali Barat National Park)

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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Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly in the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.