Common Gliding Lizard
|Common Gliding Lizard|
The Common Gliding Lizard (Draco sumatranus) is a lizard with elongated ribs and skin flaps on the sides of its body. When opened, these skin flaps allow it to glide between tree trunks. It is primarily a tree dweller, except that the females come down to the forest floor to lay eggs. The body length is of about 9 cm, with a slightly longer tail. The body is of a dark grey/brown colouration with stripes and patterns to help it camouflage against the tree trunks. The males have a yellow triangular flap of skin under the chin, the gular fold, which is used to communicate with other lizards, mostly for mating. Females have a much smaller and blue flap. They feed on small insects.
- Photos and description
- J. Mcguire. Phylogenetic systematics of Southeast Asian flying lizards (Iguania: Agamidae: Draco) as inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence data. 2001 Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
- Nick Baker and Kelvin Lim Wild Animals of Singapore: A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptilles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes, 2008, ISBN 978-981-05-9459-6
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