Sunday, April 3, 2016

Multi-colored Tree Lizard, Polychrus marmoratus (Family Polychrotidae)

Polychrus marmoratus inhabits much of South America east of the Andes, including Guyana, French Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Amazonian Brazil, and Brazil’s Atlantic Forest; Paraguay. It also occurs on the Isla de Margarita. Court (1858) first reported it from Trinidad, and it was first reported from Tobago by Barbour (1916). Its presence on Trinidad, Tobago, and the nearby Bocas Islands of Gaspar Grande, Monos, and Chacachacare was confirmed and detailed by Boos (1984, 1990). The multi-colored tree lizard is arboreal, spending much of its time in understory bushes, and the forest canopy. It is often found in pairs.  The diet includes a variety of invertebrates as well as fruits. It will drink droplets of water off of leaves. 

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