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Philippine Sailfin Lizard

Hydrosaurus pustulatus


  • Philippines, New Guinea, and eastern Indonesia


  • Rainforest


  • Fruit
  • Insects
  • small fish
  • Mammals

This agile agamid (member of the Agamidae family) makes its home both in the water and in the trees.

Its flattened toes propel it swiftly through either. When threatened, it will dive from the branches to the safety of the water. Both venues provide this omnivore with plenty to eat, including fruit, insects, small fish, and mammals. As males age, they exhibit violet coloring; both sexes are pursued for the pet trade.

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