Painted Lip Lizard

The Painted lip lizard (Calotes ceylonensis) is a colourful arboreal lizard, endemic to Sri Lanka. It can be recognized by its laterally compressed body, long and slender tail, swollen cheeks and the reddish-orange stripe on the upper lip which turns white on being agitated. This species of lizard is recorded in the semi monsoon forests and other cultivated areas situated in the dry and intermediate zones of the country. Most often it is seen basking on tree trunks and branches waiting for its prey which includes insects, ants and small invertebrates.