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Maned forest lizard (Bronchocela jubata)

Bunglon surai or maned forest lizard (Bronchocela jubata) is a species of tree lizard in Agamidae which also includes flying lizards (Draco Sp.) and sailfin lizards (Hydrosaurus Sp.). This species can change skin color, although not as striking as the color change in African chameleon species (Chamaeleonidae).

B. jubata has a total of about 55 cm with more than half the length is the tail. This lizard is easily recognizable by a row of saws or manes on the back neck. This saw consists of many flattened scales, long and tapered but rather soft. The head is layered with scales, angled and protruding. The eyes are surrounded by petals decorated with dark green spots.

Dlium Maned forest lizard (Bronchocela jubata)

The back are light green to yellowish green. When they feel in danger, the color turns yellowish brown or dull green. The lower part of the body is pale greenish yellow or whitish, the palms and feet are yellowish brown. The tail is light green with dark green streaks rather bluish and the tip becomes brown wood.

B. jubata generally lives in bushes and trees on the edge of forests, gardens or yards. This lizard often falls from the tree when chasing prey and immediately runs towards the nearest tree. They eat a variety of insects including butterflies, moths, dragonflies, mosquitoes, flies, and moths. This chameleon captures prey in silence between the leaves.

Bunglon surai lay eggs on fertile, sandy or bushy soil. Females dig the ground using a snout and incubate two eggs in sandy soil under a layer of litter which is buried by bushes in semi-open forests.



This lizard will change the color of the skin to the color of the surrounding environment when it feels threatened. Camouflage appears under the outer shell where nanocrystal substances change and space between them changes the way it reflects light.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Bronchocela
Species: B. jubata

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