Bronchocela cristatella Green Crested Lizard
Also known as:
Green Tree Dragon, Borneo Blood-sucker, Green Tree Lizard
Lowlands, Selangor, MalaysiaJanuary 18, 2017
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
This graceful, agile lizard is one of the most commonly seen agamids in large swaths of southeast Asia. Like most of the other agamids in the area, they are active by day but are often seen resting at night in forest vegetation.

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.

Kubah National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 26, 2017
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
Their incredibly long tails help them balance while maneuvering from branch to branch. (This one is not maneuvering, though. It was just sleeping until my presence woke it up.)
Kubah National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 28, 2017
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
My sister calls this one the Goth Lizard. It was extremely well camouflaged in a hedge on a drizzly morning. I noticed it while I was waiting for a taxi. You don't have to go deep into a forest to find these lizards.
Santubong Peninsula, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 29, 2017
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
This one was, however, in an actual forest. Not too deep though.
Santubong Peninsula, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 30, 2017
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
This one perched high up a tree trunk in a public park. Day-glo!
Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaFebruary 23, 2018
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
This one looks like it's had a rough time recently.
Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaFebruary 24, 2018
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
This one was young and frisky, showing off its lizard agility by jumping from branch to branch.
Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaFebruary 26, 2018
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
The first one here greeted us at the bottom of Mulu's canopy walk. The second one was up on the canopy walk handrail. They are known to change from green to brown, though this was the first brown one I've seen.
near Poring, Sabah, MalaysiaFebruary 28, 2018
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
I might as well record a photograph of one of these common lizards from every location where I see them, just in case it's ever split into umpteen jillion separate species.
Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, MalaysiaMarch 9, 2018
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
Here's a particularly bright one. Check out the weak cross-bands composed of blue spots.
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