Closeup of Garden Fence Lizard (Calotes versicolor)

Detail of the head of a Garden Fence Lizard (Calotes versicolor). Members of the agamid family, related to North American Iguanas, calotes versicolor are able to move each of their eyes in different directions. Like chameleons, they do not shed their tails, and they are able to change their color. Males like to display themselves from prominent places, particularly the tops of garden fences, hence their common name. Other names include Crested Tree Lizard, Changeable Lizard, Oriental Garden Lizard, and in Sri Lanka they are known, quite unfairly and incorrectly, as Bloodsuckers.

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