The 21 Most Amazing and Most Colorful Lizards in the World
Here’s a list of the most colorful lizards in the world.
1.) Five-lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus)
The colorful American Five-lined Skink is native to the United States. The juvenile is also commonly known as Blue-tailed Skink while the adult is also commonly known as Red-headed Skink. This skink is remarkable for its blue colored tail and for the 5 yellow lines on its body.
2.) Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus)
The Crested Gecko of New Caledonia is a unique-looking gecko species thought to have been extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. Its peculiar appearance is brought about by the hair-like projections found above its eyes that look like eyelashes. This gecko has a wedge shaped head and a crest that runs from each eye to the tail. The toes and the tip of the tail are also unique because these are covered with small hairs.
It can also occur in different colors such as grey, red, brown and yellow of various shades. In addition, Crested Gecko’s colors are brighter and more prominent at night. It is also known for a variety of common names such as Eyelash Gecko, Guichenot's Giant Gecko and New Caledonian Crested Gecko.
3.) Rainbow Agama (Agama agama)
The Rainbow Agama, as it common name implies, is a very colorful lizard that can be found Sahara, Africa. This lizard is often seen in the heat of the day. During mating season the males become stunningly colorful; the head and neck and also tail turning bright orange, and the body dark blue. It feeds on insects and is also commonly known as the Red-headed Agama and the Common Agama.
4.) Gold Day Dust Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda)
The colorful Gold Dust Day Gecko of Madagascar and Comoros is a lizard that feeds on insects and nectar. This tiny lizard, growing up to 9 inches long, is bright green or yellowish green or rarely even blue in color. Its neck and upper back are characterized by yellow speckles. Its upper eyelids, feet and toes are blue.
5.) Indo-Chinese Forest Lizard (Calotes mystaceus)
The blue-colored Indo-Chinese Forest Lizard is an agamid lizard endemic to Southeast Asia. This beautiful lizard with a yellowish lips is also commonly known as Blue-crested Lizard.
6.) Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)
The Panther Chameleon is a very colorful chameleon species that inhabits tropical forest in Madagascar. Male Panther Chameleon, which is more brilliantly colored and much larger than, can grow up to more than 45 cm in length. Of all the most colorful lizards, Panther Chameleon is one of the best choices for a pet. Just provide it with a precise environment which is almost exactly the same as a jungle and feed it with necessary foods which are rich in vitamins.
7.) Two-horned Chameleon (Kinyongia multituberculata)
The unique-looking Two-horned Chameleon is a bright green lizard endemic to Usambara Mountains in Tanzania. Scientifically named Kinyongia multituberculata, it can attain an average length of about 18.7 cm.
8.) Dwarf Gecko (Gonatodes concinnatus)
The Gonatodes concinnatus is a dwarf gecko that can be found in the Americas. The above photo was photographed in Colombia. Species of Gonatodes, commonly known as the dwarf geckoes, can be found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
9.) Oriental Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor)
The Oriental Garden Lizard is a unique lizard that change color during breeding season. The male’s throat turns into bright red. This agamid lizard has also been introduced in many other parts of the world. In India, it is commonly known as Indian Garden Lizard. It is also commonly known as the Eastern Garden Lizard or Changeable Lizard.
10.) European Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis)
The European Green Lizard of Europe is a colorful lizard that grows up to 40 cm in length excluding the tail which can be twice the length of the body. It feeds on insects, lizards and mice.
11.) Barking Gecko (Underwoodisaurus milii)
The unique-looking Barking Gecko gets its name from its sharp and barking defensive call. It is also commonly known as the Thick-tailed Gecko because of its distinctive plump tail. This lizard is reddish-brown with bands of white and yellow spots and paler underbelly. It can be found in Australia and can grow up to 95 mm in length.
12.) Colorful Chameleon (Fucifer minor)
The Furcifer minor is a vibrantly colored lizard species native to Madagascar. It belongs to the Chamaeleonidae family. This colorful and beautiful chameleon is threatened by loss of habitat.
13.) Banana Split Mountain Lizard (Japalura splendida)