Reptile of the Day: Collared Lizard, aka Cuvier’s Madagascar Swift (Oplurus cuvieri)

collared Lizard or Cuvier’s Madagascar Swift (Oplurus cuvieri)

The collared lizard gets its name from the black-and-white markings around its neck. Because some other Madagascar lizards have similar markings, they’re also occasionally called by the same name. So my guidebook prefers to head off any confusion by skipping the “collared” altogether and opting for the name Cuvier’s Madagascar swift.

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