Most reptiles look the same no matter what time of year you find them. But right before rainy season, when the breeding season starts, some of the lizards display fantastic new colors.
The most brilliant of the breeding lizards is the Indo-Chinese Forest Lizard. Though most of the year they’re quite gray,
in spring both males and females develop fantastic blue heads, like this one in Chatuchak Park:
Now you can see why they’re also called the “Blue Crested Lizard”. One individual in a small park in Silom was the bluest herp of any kind that I’ve ever seen. The breeding colors were in full display on this one:
This is the very city habitat I found it in
Indo-Chinese Forest Lizards aren’t the only lizard to change color in breeding season to attract a mate. Their close relative, the Oriental Garden Lizard, changes as well. Though most of the year it is a drab brownish color:
During breeding season the males can become a deep red:
Or even a brilliant red and yellow:
If you’re paying attention, you’ll see when the lizards turn this year, and get to pick up on a beautiful sight.