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Calotes versicolor


Calotes versicolor
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Copyright: Raju Chatterjee (rajuchatterjee) (45)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 550D, Canon 18-55 Kit Lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-24 0:59
Viewed: 2832
Points: 0
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my garden mate.

The Oriental Garden Lizard, Eastern Garden Lizard or Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor) is an agamid lizard found widely distributed in Asia. It has also been introduced in many other parts of the world.


Changeable Lizards eat mainly insects and small vertebrates, including rodents and other lizards. Although they have teeth, these are designed for gripping prey and not tearing it up. So prey is swallowed whole, after it is stunned by shaking it about. Sometimes, young inexperienced Changeable Lizards may choke on prey which are too large. Occasionally changeable lizards also consume vegetable matter. They are commonly found among the undergrowth in open habitats including highly urban areas.


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