Aphaniotis fusca Dusky Earless Agama
Also known as:
Earless Agamid, Peninsular Earless Agama, Earless Lizard
Lowlands, Selangor, MalaysiaJanuary 15, 2017
Dusky Earless Agama (Aphaniotis fusca)
Agamids are relatively large, diurnal, and common lizards in Malaysia, so you'd think I would see a lot of them during the day. You would be wrong though. I did see a lot of them, but almost entirely at night as they slept in the rainforest. For example, I saw many Aphaniotis fusca in both West and East Malaysia, but this was the only one I saw during the day.

My Travelogues and Trip Lists page includes a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on this trip to Malaysia, as well as a travelogue of the trip.

Lowlands, Selangor, MalaysiaJanuary 15, 2017
Dusky Earless Agama (Aphaniotis fusca)
That evening I saw my first sleeping Aphaniotis fusca. They look so helpless splayed out on leaves at night. Watch out for those nasty snakes, little lizard!
Lowlands, Selangor, MalaysiaJanuary 17, 2017
Dusky Earless Agama (Aphaniotis fusca) Dusky Earless Agama (Aphaniotis fusca)
The next evening, I saw a few more napping earless agamas. The first one pictured here jumped down from its sleeping perch and caught a leaf in this dramatic pose. The second one probably knew I was there also since it's eyes were open, but it chose to believe that I couldn't see it.
Santubong Peninsula, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 30, 2017
Dusky Earless Agama (Aphaniotis fusca)
Some Aphaniotis fusca preferred twigs to leaves for their comfy bedding.
Santubong Peninsula, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 31, 2017
Dusky Earless Agama (Aphaniotis fusca)
In certain areas, some (but not all) adult male Aphaniotis fusca have striking blue eyes.
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