Asia HK Lizards Species Profiles

Changeable Lizard – Hong Kong Wildlife | 變色樹蜥 – 香港野生動物

One of the most common lizards in Hong Kong is Calotes versicolor.
It has many common names: Changeable lizard, Crested tree lizard, Oriental garden lizard, Eastern garden lizard, and even Bloodsucker.

Common throughout Hong Kong including all major islands, it is also widely distributed in Asia. These lizards can grow up to 40
centimeters. They are sun-loving lizards, can often be found basking in the middle of the day.

They are not chameleons but there are similarities. They can move each of their eyes in different directions similar to what chameleons do.

As the name suggests, they can change color. Males can change to bright red in the throat, the entire head, or parts of the body during the breeding season. In spite of the fact that they can turn red, they are not venomous. Still, bites are what you often get when you catch them.

Calotes versicolor (Daudin, 1802)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Calotes
Species: versicolor

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其中一種香港最常見的蜥蝪是Calotes versicolor。在牠有很多名字: 變色樹蜥, 雞冠蛇, 馬鬃蛇, 貓公蛇甚至叫做吸血者。

在香港非常普遍包括大部分主要的島嶼, 同時也廣泛遍佈亞洲。這些蜥蝪體長可達40厘米, 喜愛陽光, 你可以很容易看到牠們在享受日光。

一如牠們的名字, 牠們可以轉變身體顏色, 牠們不是變色龍但也有相似的地方。雄性的喉嚨部分, 能夠變成鮮紅色, 甚至整個頭部或身體各個部分, 一般發生於繁殖期間。牠們也可以轉動眼睛到不同的方向, 就像變色龍一樣。