NEOTROPICAL Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest
reptiles

The reptiles of the South American jungle...

Order Squamata: Lizards & Snakes

Suborder Iguania

Family Dactyloidae: Anole Lizards

Family Tropiduridae: Neoptropical Ground Lizards

Yarina Lodge, Ecuador

Plica sp. 'Racerunner Lizard'. Colours described as 'mint chocolate chip' to blend in with lichens and mosses on tree trunks that they run up and down. They are reported to even sleep clinging vertically onto the tree trunk. 

Family Colubidae: 'Rear-fanged Snakes'

Snake in the Amazon, (Image by Damon Ramsey).I've got my eyes on you!

Imantodes cenchoa, 'Blunthead Tree Snake' (Yarina, Amazon, Ecuador). With such large eyes and their vertical pupil slits, these snakes reportedly have great vision. Apparently, their eyes make up some 25% of their head! This snake was hanging out of tree when I was canoeing in the backwaters of the Amazon at night. They are found in lower trees in rainforest throughout South & Central America.

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Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".