Hambubukakg: The Flying Lizard

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Agamid lizards of the genus Draco are also referred to as flying lizards, flying dragons, or gliding lizards. These lizards have membranes that can be expanded to form wings (patagia), which are made of an enlarged set of ribs. They are insectivores of trees.

Despite being incapable of powered flight, they frequently experience lift during their gliding flights. One lizard can glide for up to 60 meters (200 feet), losing only 10 meters (33 feet) of height in the process. This is a significant distance given that one lizard is only about 20 cm (7.9 in) long overall, tail included. They are fairly prevalent in woods, areca gardens, teak plantations, and other natural areas throughout Southeast Asia and southern India.

Are flying lizards poisonous?

The flying lizard is not eaten by humans. Many Filipinos mistakenly assume that this species is poisonous, despite the fact that this is not (Taylor, 1966). Thus, the only advantage is the aesthetic enjoyment of watching a lizard species with such vibrant colors take flight.

How long do flying lizards live for?

This type of lizard can live up to eight years.

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