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The 21 Most Amazing and Most Colorful Lizards in the World

Here is a list of the most colorful lizards in the world.

Here’s a list of the most colorful lizards in the world.

1.) Five-lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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The Banana Split Mountain Lizard is a colorful and unique lizard from China and Tibet where it is a popular pet. As a pet, it requires a warm, humid environment because it is a very curious and active creature. It feeds on crickets, mealworms and waxworms. It is friendly with humans, but try not to hold it. It is also known for a variety of common names such as Japalura Tree Dragon, Dragon Agama, Chinese Tree Dragon and Neon Tree Dragon.

14.) Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)

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The Leopard Gecko of Southern Central Asia is a ground-dwelling gecko that naturally inhabits desert areas. This nocturnal lizard can be found in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. It is one of the most unusual geckos for having eyelids. This unique gecko is a popular pet in captivity.

15.) Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko)

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The Tokay Gecko is a spotted gecko like the Leopard Gecko. It can be found in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. This lizard that can grow up to 40 cm is known as Tuko in the Philippines. This nocturnal arboreal gecko can be found also in South Asia. Its natural habitat is rainforest tree and cliffs and feeds on insects like scorpions and centipedes.

16.) Ornate Day Gecko (Phelsuma inexpectata)

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Ornate Day Gecko is a colorful lizard native to the Reunion Island. It is one of the smallest geckos and can attain a length of 12 cm and feeds on insects and nectar. It is dark green in color with 3 red stripes that extend from the snout to the neck.

17.) Common Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon)

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The Common Chameleon is a colorful European lizard that can be found in Greece, Malta, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus. It can be found also in Northern Africa and western Asia.

18.) Five-lined Mabuya (Trachylepis quinquetaeniata)

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The Five-lined Mabuya is a colorful African skink species similar in appearance to the American Five-Lined Skink. It is also sometimes referred to as the Rainbow Mabuya or Rainbow Skink. Its tail is blue in color and the body is characterized by five yellow lines, hence the common name.

19.) Blue-tailed Sandveld Lizard (Nucras caesicaudata)

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The beautifully colored Blue-tailed Sandveld Lizard of Africa is similar in appearance to the Five-Lined Mabuya and the American Five-Lined Skink. The three lizards have blue colored tails and a body characterized by yellow lines. Blue-tailed Sandveld Lizard can be found in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe living in dry, sandy and savanna areas.

20.) Iberian Emerald Lizard (Lacerta schreiberi)

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The uniquely-looking Iberian Emerald Lizard of Portugal and Spain is a lizard with unusual markings and bright coloration. It lives naturally in temperate forests and shrublands. This threatened species due to loss of habitat is also commonly known as Schreiber's Green Lizard.

21.) Peninsular Rock Agama (Psammophilus dorsalis)

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The very red Peninsular Rock Agama of Ghats, India is lizard species that has a large head. The underside is yellow with the throat mottled with grey. It usually basks on bare rocks and feeds on insects. It can grow up to 34 cm in length. It is also commonly known as South Indian Rock Agama.

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Comments (4)

Voted up. Excellent

Good article. Nicely written. Nice pictures (yeah, really amazing too). It just doesn't change the fact that they are still lizards and I'm not particularly a fan of things that crawl. Besides that, this is an excellent article.

very nice!

very lizards...always loved lizards