Gonocephalus liogaster — Blue-eyed Angle-headed Lizard
Also known as:
Tropical Forest Dragon, Orange-ringed Anglehead Lizard, Crested Forest Lizard, Comb-crested Agamid
It seems like every time you turn around in Malaysia you run into another fantastic arboreal lizard. Some have crazy scale patterns. Some come in neon-bright colors. Some have incredibly long tails and garish eye makeup. Some are just crazy overall. This species settled for a crazy crest and the world's bluest eyes.
Only the adult males have the blue eyes though. Little ones (as here) and females are still fine-looking lizards, but not quite so exciting.
Little ones are very similar to little Gonocephalus borneensis, but some details of the scales on the face distinguish them.
One of my two most common sayings about lizards is "any day with a horned lizard is a good day". The other is "any place with lizards in the trees is a good place". Borneo is definitely a good place.
This must be a subadult male whose eyes have started transforming into the brilliant blue of a fully grown male.
- Das, I. 2004. Lizards of Borneo
- Grismer, L. L. 2011. Lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and their Adjacent Archipelagos
- Manthey, U. 2010. Agamid Lizards of Southern Asia: Draconinae 2