Amazon lava lizard

Tropidurus torquatus

''Tropidurus torquatus'' is a species of lizard in the family Tropiduridae, the Neotropical ground lizards. Its common name is Amazon lava lizard.
Amazon Lava Lizard in the rainforest - not on lava. We saw some of these in our rainforest lodge (Tariri) in the Amazon near Manaus. Unlike the Galapagos Lava Lizards, that actually live on lava - these are rainforest lizards and can be fairly easily approached. Amazon,Brazil,Geotagged,Tropidurus torquatus,Winter

Appearance

This is a medium-sized lizard with a relatively large head. Its scales are overlapping. The reproductively mature female ranges from 7 to 10 cm snout-to-vent length . One sample of adult males had a mean SVL of 8.68 cm , while another found a mean SVL of 11 to 12 cm .
Lizard in the Pantanal During the dry season in the Pantanal, lizard are to be found in every little corner. Amazon lava lizard,Brazil,Lizard,Pantanal,Reptiles,Tropidurus torquatus

Naming

The specific name, ''torquatus'', is Latin meaning "adorned with a neck chain or collar".

Behavior

Other aspects of the biology of this species have been well-studied, from the production and morphology of its spermatozoa, to the histology of its liver, kidneys, and red blood cells. An inventory of the parasites inside the bodies of a number of lizards found three nematode species, ''Physaloptera lutzi'', ''Parapharyngodon bainae'', and ''Oswaldofilaria chabaudi'', as well as an unidentified tapeworm and an acanthocephalan.

Habitat

This lizard lives mainly in open habitat types, especially restinga, part of the Atlantic Forest biome. It may occupy disturbed and degraded restinga. It is also known from the Abrolhos Archipelago, indicating that it can colonize offshore islands. It lives in the Cerrado. It may be found in residential areas, where it is adept at climbing the walls of houses. It is mostly ground-dwelling, living in termite nests and on or under rocks and logs. It is associated with many other animals, including giant ameiva, coati, brown capuchin, guira cuckoo, and false coral snake.

Reproduction

The female may lay several eggs at a time, but a clutch of two is common, particularly in coastal areas. Clutch sizes may be larger in other geographical ranges.

Food

This species is omnivorous, eating invertebrates and plant material. It favors ants, and on plants it prefers the fruits and flowers. It commonly eats the fruit of ''Chomelia obtusa'', higuerón, and smilaxes. It especially favors the fruit of little coca during the summer.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyTropiduridae
GenusTropidurus
SpeciesT. torquatus
Photographed in
Brazil