The Glider of the Forest

Cicak terbang/ Draco volans

The Flying Dragon is actually a lizard member of the Draco gliding lizard genus commonly found in woods near human settlement. It can spread a fold of skin attached to its movable ribs to form “wings” that it uses to glide from tree to tree to escape predators. The Flying Dragon also has dewlaps or gular flap which can be extended and is used in courtship for the males to attract females. Females store their eggs in the ground near the base of a tree after digging the soil using their snout.

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Nikon D200 with 300mm lens; 1/1250 sec. at f. 5.6; ISO 640; tripod.

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