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.

Reptile of the Day: Elephant-Eared Chameleon

The elephant-eared chameleon (Calumma brevicorne) is the second kind of chameleon I’ve gotten the chance to encounter here in Madagascar, but so far only at night. That’s because, to the human eye, chameleons are easier to spot at night. During the day, our eyes get tricked by chameleon’s ability to change their color to blend in with their surroundings. But at night …