Common name : Hump-nosed lizard, Hump-snout lizard, Lyreshead lizard

Scientific name : Lyriocephalus scutatus

Family : Agamidae

Native to : Sri Lanka

Interesting fact : They are known to act dead if picked up and males exhibit beautiful breeding colours.

Conservation status : Near Threatened

Aptly named, the hump-nosed lizard’s nose has a rounded bulge. The head has two spines at the back. A typical V-shaped skin fold below its neck is covered in patterned scales. They gape their mouths showing their red mouths when threatened. They can be found on tress of dense and moist forests, and feed on earthworms, termites, butterflies and moths.

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