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Maned forest lizard (Bronchocela jubata)

The great crested canopy lizard or maned forest lizard (Bronchocela jubata) is an animal species in the Agamidae, a tree lizard that can change skin color, although not as striking as the color changes in species in African chameleons (Chamaeleonidae).

B. jubata has a long tail and a total body of 55 cm with more than half the length of the tail, has a row of serrations from the back of the neck and forms a line to the tail. The serrations consist of many scales that are flat, rectangular and pointed but slightly soft.

Dlium Maned forest lizard (Bronchocela jubata)


The head is covered with scales, has angles and protrudes. The eyes are black with white and reddish brown outer circles. The petals are round in shape and decorated with spots of dark green and white with folds of scales on the wild.

Back and body are light green to dark green with multiple plots of yellow or white. The toes have very long toes with pointed nail tips. Three fingers on the very front end and two other fingers appearing at the base on each side.

The underside is pale yellowish green or whitish, the palms and feet are yellowish brown. The tail is light green with brindles of dark or bluish green and progressively becomes woody brown.

The Maned Forest Lizard will change the skin color to match the color of the surrounding environment when it feels threatened. Camouflage appears under the outer shell where the nanocrystalline substance changes and the space between them changes the way light is reflected.





Living in bushes and trees on the edge of the forest, garden or yard. These lizards often fall from trees when chasing prey and immediately run towards the nearest tree. They eat a variety of insects including butterflies, moths, dragonflies, mosquitoes, flies and alates.

The Great Crested Canopy Lizard captures its prey by staying quiet in its leaves. The female lays 2 eggs in fertile, sandy or hardened soil in a slightly open forest by burrowing with a muzzle.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily: Draconinae
Genus: Bronchocela
Species: Bronchocela jubata

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