Birds Species
16 September 2023 ( 81 views )

Five-lined flying dragon

A miniature flying dragon!
This species is a Five-banded gliding lizard (Draco quinquefasciatus).

This medium-sized gliding lizard is found across southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra and Borneo, where it inhabits lowland primary rainforest. It is recognized by the five dark bands across the olive green dorsum and orange patagium, which is the wide flap of skin supported by ribs extending from the sides of its body. This species has the ability to glide from tree to tree by stretching the patagium.

The five banded gliding lizard, Draco quinquefasciatus, is found in lowland rainforests from southern Thaliand and Malaysia to Sumatra and Borneo, and in Singapore. It is one of about 40 species in its genus, all lizards that glide using a membrane supported by elongated thoracic ribs (the patagium). A medium sized lizard, it reaches a total length of about 27 cm (10.6 inches). As suggested by its common name, D. quinquefasciatus has five dark bands, dotted with white spots, across its back and the dorsal side of its patagium. Both males and females have a long gular flag, in males it is bright

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