Bronchocela jubata - Maned Forest Lizard
This prehistoric dragon like creature is incredibly difficult to spot in the field. It can actually rapidly change color to match its surroundings, adding to the difficulty of locating. The flash of the camera makes this view stand out, but take a look at the male image, to see how the coloration matches the leaves.
As I am walking the path, I do not bother looking for lizard shapes, a fruitless exercise. I look for vertical sticks with no leaves or branches, a dead giveaway for this lizard.
You can approach slowly with great success. The lizard has such confidence in its camouflage, that it remains motionless, assuming that it cannot be seen
Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.
''Bronchocela jubata'', commonly known as the maned forest lizard, is a species of agamid lizard found mainly in Indonesia on the islands of Singkep, Java, Bali, Sulawesi, Karakelang, Salibabu; Nias Island, Singkap Island, Borneo also in Thailand, Cambodia and Philippines. Although in the past it was thought the species may be found in India, either on the mainland or in the Nicobars, this is not the case according to herpetologist Indraneil Das. It is also known by the common name of "bloodsucker",.. more