Species Details


Draco blanfordii

Blanford’s Flying Lizard Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Draco blanfordii
Family : Agamidae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Mixed evergreen forest
Description : Blanford's flying lizard is a small, slender lizard that measures around 20-25 cm in length. It has a flattened body and long, slender limbs with sharp claws for gripping tree trunks and branches. Its skin is covered in small, pointed scales that give it a rough texture. The lizard is typically brown or green in color, with a series of white, yellow or orange spots or stripes on its body and tail.

One of the most unique features of this is its ability to glide through the air. It has a flap of skin called a patagium that extends from its ribs to its hind legs, which it can stretch out to catch the wind and glide for up to 30 meters between trees.

It is an insectivore and primarily feeds on ants and other small insects. It uses its long, sticky tongue to catch prey while perched on tree branches.

It is a diurnal species, meaning it is most active during the day. It spends most of its time in trees, using its sharp claws and long tail to cling to branches and avoid predators. When threatened, it can detach its tail as a distraction and then regrow it later.

It is found in primary and secondary rainforests, where it can climb and glide between trees. It is most commonly found at elevations of 300-1,000 meters above sea level.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Durjoy Raha Antu,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka; information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol. 25. Amphibians and Reptiles. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka; photo credit:Rushenb(wikimedia), photo copyright:wikimedia. more information please contact with us.