The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Category: Lizards

Draco cyanopterus on Siargao island

Draco Cyanopterus

We’ve written before about the tambokaka (flying lizards) of Siargao island. Recently I was able to get some better photos of this particular species named Draco cyanopterus and some of its diagnostic features. While this lizard is familiar to Siargao natives, the range map for this species doesn’t include Siargao and we’ve received some interest from the […]

September 4, 2017

sailfin lizard on siargao island

Sailfin Lizard in the Treetops!

This sailfin lizard is easily the largest we’ve seen around our property here on Siargao island in the Philippines. And it showed up in such an unexpected spot…

August 27, 2017

The Philippine sailfin lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus) on Siargao island.

The Philippine Sailfin Lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus)

We’ve written before about the large sailfin lizards that lurk outside our kitchen window. Recently, I’ve been seeing smaller juvenile sailfin lizards in the river out back. While they are skittish and will bolt and scamper over water when alarmed, they do often rest unobserved for long periods on rocks and branches.

July 28, 2017

Tambokaka: The Philippine Flying Dragon

Tambokaka: The Flying Dragon

A dozen or so species of draco flying lizards find their home in the Philippines. Collectively known as tambokaka in this region, they glide gracefully between trees for distances up to sixty meters.

June 14, 2017

A Hydrosaurus Sailfin Lizard on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

A Hydrosaurus Sailfin Lizard

This sailfin lizard of the genus Hydrosaurus paused just long enough outside of our house this afternoon for me to get a few pictures.

June 7, 2017