(Last Updated on : 25/02/2016)
Variegated Mountain Lizard is an Indian Reptile
that bears a scientific name "Japalura variegate
" found in the northern part of Indian states like Assam
. It is an agamid lizard found in Bangladesh and Nepal.
Head of Variegated Mountain Lizard
The head of Variegated Mountain Lizard covered with small, irregular, keeled shields above; canthusrostralis sharp; a small tubercle behind the superscalar edge; throat covered with small keeled scales; a series of small shields commences at the chin and runs backwards parallel to the lower labial shields.
Tongue of Variegated Mountain Lizard
The tongue of Variegated Mountain Lizard is scarcely notched in front; two small canine teeth in each jaw; the upper with fifteen very small molars on each side, much smaller than those of the lower jaw, which arc sub-corneal and seventeen in number.
Folds in Variegated Mountain Lizard
A fold across the throat of the Variegated Mountain Lizard in the male is with a small gular pouch. Nape of the neck is granular with scattered larger tubercles.
Sexes of Variegated Mountain Lizard
The sexes of Variegated Mountain Lizard have the nuchal crest. It is composed of triangular lobes. It is continued along the back as a slight serrated ridge, and gradually disappears on the anterior part of the tail.
Trunks of Variegated Mountain Lizard
The trunks are slightly compressed; the upper parts are covered with smallish, keeled scales, intermixed with larger ones, all having their points obliquely directed upwards. Ventral scales strongly keeled, of moderate size; there are about thirty-eight scales in a longitudinal series between fore and hind limb.
Scales of Variegated Mountain Lizard
All the scales of Variegated Mountain Lizard are rhomboid and keeled, those on its lower side being the largest.
Hind Limbs of Variegated Mountain Lizard
The hind limb of Variegated Mountain Lizard extends to the eye, if laid forwards; toes with keeled scales below; the fourth hind toe is one-fourth longer than the third. Back with alternate brown or black and greyish or yellowish-white cross bands which ascend obliquely backwards; head above variegated with black; a light, black-edged cross band on the inter-orbital space.
Lips of Variegated Mountain Lizard
Variegated Mountain Lizard has a white or yellow band along the upper lip; another irregular band along each side of the neck, confluent with one of the light cross bands.
Colours of Variegated Mountain Lizard
The colours of Variegated Mountain Lizard vary to a considerable extent in this species. A large female is almost wholly black above, variegated with yellow, all the larger scales being of the latter colour.
Characteristics of Variegated Mountain Lizard
The characteristic bands on the head and side of the neck of Variegated Mountain Lizard are present. This species is a native of Sikkim
; it attains a length of 12 inches, the tail taking two-thirds of it.