Anolis bombiceps — Blue-lipped Forest Anole
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These forest-floor anoles have fantastic camouflage in the leaf litter. With these guys, the Crested Forest Toads, and the Western Leaf Lizards, you had to look carefully at every dead leaf to make sure it wasn't a herp.
The little babies are not quite as great at looking like dead leaves, though still pretty good at it.
It's like Where's Waldo for the herpetologically inclined.
I didn't realize that the Anolis bombiceps I had seen last year were all juveniles until I met this great big strapping fellow (which, as usual, was found by local staff member and herp-finder extraordinaire Edvin). They aren't very fast runners, so when their excellent camouflage has failed to keep their presence a secret, they open their mouths in a comical threat display. We were not frightened.
This lizard would be hidden on the forest floor, but is relatively obvious on a decaying log.
One more from 2016. This lizard had more of a blue tail than the others I've seen (though you can also see some blue in the tails of some of the previously-pictured lizards on this page).
I just love the camouflage on these lizards. It's a little less effective on the wide trunk of a tree than in the leaf litter, but it still doesn't look like a lizard at first glance.
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Dixon, J. R. and Soini, P. 1986. The Reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos Region, Peru
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest