29 Jul 2011.
E B Forsythe NWR, Atlantic Co, NJ.
TANZANIA: Kilolo Dist.; 2.7 km NE Kilolo District Office; Along norther boundary of the Stambuli Farm, -7.959744°, 35.840099°, 1984 m.
Found in burnt over shamba in a tight coil on the ground. Apparently slightly injured and missing the terminal few centimeters of it's tail.
The lizard of my youth. First one I've seen in years, the Brown Anoles are really hitting them hard.
Another lizard I never saw when growing up. They're all over now. Super beautiful.
Chelydra serpentine. Found about 100 feet from a vernal pool as it tried to cross a road at the park.
Color patterns vary widely among individuals, populations, and islands. Animals are predominantly colored gray, black, or brown with large or small white dots along their backs. Dorsolateral stripes vary in number, length, and color. All individuals have a white or blue-white mottled stomach. The chin shield and throat patch are often light pink. Juveniles generally have a bright blue tail and more dots than stripes.
The sharp-mouthed Lizard measures approximately 1.3 to 1.6 inches (35 to 43 mm) in length from snout to vent. The species has a yellow-brown color with males having a purple dewlap that blends into crimson near the tip.
Coloration may vary significantly from a brownish-red to a dark black or a very light gray, and colors shift in reaction to temperature and behavioral state. They are often incorrectly referred to as "chameleons" because of their ability to slightly change color, but they are not related to true chameleons. They have a crest along the tail, probably serving to demonstrate dominance in a contest against another male for a female. The male has a bright yellow-orange dewlap which is also used in determining dominance when attempting to control territory. They usually are from 5-8 inches in length, but occasionally will grow up to 10 inches.
Doesn't have venom