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Draco volans
Flying lizard (Draco volans) male.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Draco
Species: D. volans
Binomial name
Draco volans
Linnaeus, 1758

Draco volans, the common flying dragon, is a species of lizard endemic to Southeast Asia.[1] Like other members of genus Draco, this species is known for its ability to glide using winglike lateral extensions of skin called patagia.[2]

Description[edit]

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This lizard grows up to 22 centimeters in length, including the tail. The body is tan in color with dark flecks. The patagium of the male is tan to bright orange with dark banding. The female's patagium has irregular markings rather than banding.[3]

Habitat[edit]

The common flying dragon lives in open secondary forest and on forest edges.[3]

Biology[edit]

This species feeds mainly on ants, and possibly other insects.[3] A study was conducted in Eastern Mindanao, Philippines, that the found that species exclusively feeds on ants. [4]

The female common flying dragon digs a hole in the soil to serve as a nest, and lays eggs in it.[2]

This species qualifies as a gliding animal as opposed to a parachuting animal[5]. This means that it doesn't have to deal with the aerodynamic and metabolic imperatives required for active flight[6]

Range[edit]

This species can be found in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore.[1] and India(Kerala)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Draco volans. The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ a b Crew, B. Flying dragon lizard a true gliding reptile. Australian Geographic. 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Draco volans. EcologyAsia.
  4. ^ Smith, Brian E. (December 1993). "Notes on a Collection of Squamate Reptiles from Eastern Mindanao, Philippine Islands Part 1: Lacertilia" (PDF). Asiatic Herpetological Research. 5: 85–95. 
  5. ^ Colbert, Edwin H. (March 10, 1967). "Adaptations for Gliding in the Lizard Draco" (PDF). American Museum Novitates. 2283: 1–20. 
  6. ^ Maina, John N. (July 3, 2015). "The design of the avian respiratory system: development, morphology and function". Journal of Ornithology. 156: 41–63 – via Springer. 

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