Draco volans

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Draco volans
Flying lizard (Draco volans) male.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily: Draconinae
Genus: Draco
Species: D. volans
Binomial name
Draco volans
Linnaeus, 1758

Draco volans, the common flying dragon, is a species of lizard endemic to Southeast Asia.[1] Like other members of genus Draco, this species is known for its ability to glide using winglike lateral extensions of skin called patagia.[2]


This lizard grows up to 22 centimeters in length, including the tail. The body is tan in color with dark flecks. The patagium of the male is tan to bright orange with dark banding. The female's patagium has irregular markings rather than banding.[3]


The common flying dragon lives in open secondary forest and on forest edges.[3]


This species feeds mainly on ants, and possibly other insects.[3]

The female common flying dragon digs a hole in the soil to serve as a nest, and lays eggs in it.[2]


This species can be found in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore.[1]


  1. ^ a b Draco volans. The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ a b Crew, B. Flying dragon lizard a true gliding reptile. Australian Geographic. 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Draco volans. EcologyAsia.