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A place to document and learn about the lizard species found in India.

Some of the largest gaps in our knowledge of Indian herpetofauna are in the distribution and natural history of species. Simply put, “Where is it found? What does it do?” Threats to the survival of species are often landscape level issues that require landscape level data in order to address them. Professional scientists and researchers work with limited funds and time, and are often forced to work in small areas. This is where Citizen Science initiatives can help. Your individual observations will help build a database that one day, might provide the information needed to save a species from extinction. We invite all of you to add your observations in the form of photographs or checklists.  

General instructions for uploading observations:

1. While uploading your observations, please provide as much information as you can, such as precise locality of the observation, notes on behaviour, scale counts & measurements  etc (if available). These help in verifying the accuracy of your observation as well as provide valuable information on natural history.

2. While uploading observations of identified species, please verify the spelling of the scientific name  against those in India Biodiversity Portal  or the Reptile Database

3. If an observation is unidentified, try to provide good quality, good resolution photographs.  Any peculiarity of the animal that may not be visible in the photograph should be mentioned in the "Notes". Scale counts and other morphological/morphometric information will go long way in helping to determine the identity of species. Also, please bear in mind that many species of lizards cannot be identified reliably based on photographs, as our knowledge of their biology, variation in colour and other aspects of morphology  etc is rather poor.

4. If you are uploading a checklist, try to make it for small geographical areas, such as local sites, as this will improve the accuracy of distribution data of species.

5. Some useful field guides for identification based on photographs are:

a) A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of India by Indraneil Das [New Edition]

b) Amphibians and Reptiles of Northeast India by M. Firoz Ahmed, Abhijit Das & S. K. Dutta

c)  TERRALOG: Agamid Lizards of Southern Asia, Draconinae 1 &

      TERRALOG: Agamid Lizards of Southern Asia, Draconinae 2 - Leiolepidinae by Ulrich Manthey

d) Amphibians and Reptiles of Similipal Biosphere Reserve by S. K. Dutta [FREE DOWNLOAD!]

 

Happy Herping!