Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My new friend...calotes bachae

I have decided that nothing surprises me anymore amongst the flora and fauna of our garden in Ho Chi Minh City. When the brown snake appeared a few weeks back, approaching our front gate here..I cast a quizzical brow. Snakes? I hate snakes.

The other day, our men about the garden, Mr. Khai and Mr. Thuan came to the front door...beckoning me to come quickly. I ran out...to see a snake and a forest dragon and one who clearly had the upper hand..or jaw. I am not quite sure what happened. Did the snake get the dragon? Did the dragon get the snake? All I know was one was living (dragon) and one was not (snake). Or maybe it was playing dead..some of my pictures would indicate otherwise. I decided not to feature them here.

After show and tell was over, the dragon went on his way, my guess is
to where he was discovered, amongst the palm trees.

Before he left...a wink, wink to me. 
I am still deciding if I like dragons.

Our forest dragon... calotes bachae is a species of lizard
in the Agamidae family..in case you were wondering. 
It is found in areas around Vietnam from National Parks to 
dense tropical forests and in our urban garden in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ours appears to be in the midst of mating season. 
The colours of the male become vivid..from cobalt blue to  
bright turquoise to attract females and intimidate males. 
He got me.

By night...he takes on the appearance of the rest of his body...dark brown. 
You can read more on this lizard lounger in National Geographic News here.

I am still thinking of a name for him..a little quirk of mine to
name creatures around the garden. 

Have you met Ozzie? here

If you have any names for my blue headed lizard friend, 
I welcome them kindly.


  1. Wah! I can't say that I love snakes, but they are indicative of healthy environment. That lizard is wild! Awesome pics. B

  2. High drama in your garden! How long was the snake? If the forest dragon did not end up eating the dead snake, can we assume that the snake attacked the forest dragon rather than vice versa? The colors on the forest dragon are glorious...I hope he finds a mate. Have the wild creatures in your garden stayed away from your dog? The name that comes to mind when I look at the forest dragon is Atticus. Enthralled, Leslie in Portland

    1. Hi Leslie

      Love Atticus...done! We have to keep an eye on our dog. So far so good but we have to be cautious. It the fleas and ticks that are driving us crazy at the moment...Spring in a tropical environment is like nothing I have seen before..everything comes out to play...even snakes and forest dragons.

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    3. I well remember how everything grows in the tropics! What does your veterinarian in Vietnam say about the flea and tick treatments that are available (online and through vets) for dogs? With a monthly application of Frontline Plus, a topical treatment which is said to kill fleas, flea eggs, ticks (brown dog ticks, lone star ticks, deer ticks, and American dog ticks) and chewing lice, our dogs have never had any problems with fleas or ticks. If that isn't effective in S.E. Asia, maybe a daily swim in your chlorinated (?) pool will help?? I'll be hoping for the best! Leslie in Portland

  3. Woah!! That might have me cowering inside with a good pair of binoculars. Equally exciting (not) is our armadillo that decided to make a nightly appearance in the last couple of weeks. Chester would go bonkers and I was afraid to let him out. I'll bet if I showed an armadillo photo it would freak out the locals there as much as that DRAGON makes me shudder!

  4. More importantly Sarah...what shall we call your Armadillo ? I kind of like the ring of Atticus Armadillo. What do you think? :)

  5. wow! what a shot!you must have had the camera on you... iphone again? ;-)
    But that snake looks scary!