Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hump-nosed Lizard (Lyriocephalus scutatus)

 Hump-nosed Lizard (Lyriocephalus scutatus)

Engish:     Hump-nosed Lizard
Scientific: Lyriocephalus scutatus
Sinhala:    ගැට හොඹු කටුස්සා [Gata-hombu
                 Katussa] / කරමල් බෝදිලියා [Karamal

This agamid lizard is endemic to Sri Lanka. It can be seen in wet zone forests such as Sinharaja and Kanneliya.  Lizard can be identified by its hump like structure on the top of its nose. Most of the time it can be seen hanging on stems of trees vertically. If threatened this lizard opens its mouth by showing dark colored inside as a defense mechanism for enemies.

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