Sri Lanka Kangaroo Lizard (𝘖𝘵𝘰𝘤𝘳𝘺𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘪)

Otocryptis weigmanni (Juvenile) | Chamod Goonathilake ©
Otocryptis weigmanni (Juvenile) | Chamod Goonathilake ©

Otocryptis weigmanni is an Endemic, Small agamid with a slender body, and long hindlimbs. Five digits on hindlimbs. Male is dull brownish-grey in color. Male’s head, neck region, and dewlap often become luminescent greenish-blue. The Male has a well-developed dewlap with a maroon patch. The Female is light brownish-yellow in color. Found on the forest floor, among roots of large trees, on low vegetation and even on boulders along streams. Durnal and terrestrial. They have the ability to run short distances using hindlimbs (Bipadal running). Sleeps on low vegetation at night. Lay 3-5 eggs in a pit that female digs.

DISTRIBUTION: Wet zone from sea level to 1,300 m above.

Diet: Caterpillar arthropods and grubs.

Otocryptis weigmanni Sleeping behaviors | Chamod Goonathilake ©
Sleeping Behavior Otocryptis weigmanni | Chamod Goonathilake ©


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