The Garden Fence Lizard (Calotes versicolor) is very common in Thailand, they will readily co-habit with humans, and they are quite at home in your garden. You often see them sat on a rock, a tree, the garden fence, or even on a basketball like the one in the photo below. Like many small reptiles and insects in Thailand, they are sometimes regarded as a tasty snack.
The Garden Fence Lizard is a welcome sight to most home owners in Thailand, not only is it amusing to watch them scurrying around the garden, they also play a valuable role in keeping smaller pests such as cockroaches and grasshoppers under control. Unfortunately if you have a dog or a cat, you are not likely to have garden fence lizards residing in your garden.
Garden Fence Lizard Facts.
- The Garden fence Lizard can quickly change color, usually from olive to bright orange or crimson. The males throat turns red when faced with an aggressor, and when attracting a mate.
- Garden Fence Lizards are sometimes also called “changeable lizards”.
- They eat insects and small vertebrates, and swallow their food whole.
- They are closely related to the Iguana.
- Like a chameleon, they can move both of their eyes in different directions.
- The female garden Fence Lizard lays her eggs in the ground, eggs hatch after approximately 8 weeks.