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Green crested lizard
Bronchocela cristatella
Family Agamidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This large green lizard is very well camouflaged among the green vegetation where it may perch motionless. It is active during the day and is arboreal, found in bushes and trees usually in forested areas and inland wild places.

Features: Total length to 57cm. A slender body with small, bumpy (keeled) scales. It has a spiny crest on the back of its neck and a very long tail. Generally a plain bright bluish green although it may change to dark brown or grey. It has a dark ring around the eyes, and dark brown patch on the ears and the tip of the tail.

What does it eat? It eats insects such as beetles, flies and ants.

Baby lizards: Mama lizard lays 1-4 large, spindle-shaped eggs which are buried in the soil.

Status and threats:
It is not listed among our threatened animals. But it is no longer as commonly seen as in the past. It has been displaced by the more aggressive Changeable lizard (Calotes versicolor).

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Oct 04



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