Location: The Philippines are located between
Borneo and Taiwan.
The flying lizards of South East Asia are small
lizards with expandable lateral scaly wings known as patagia
which enable them to glide from tree to tree to escape predators.
There are nine species of flying lizards in the Philippines and
biologist Skip Lazell is familiar with all of them.
The northern most Philippine species of flying lizard was discovered
and described by Skip from Batan in the Batanes Islands, a group
of islands also known as the Typhoon Islands because of the high
winds which hit them first. Mark and Skip investigate Skips
theory that the Batan flying lizards are evolving away from flight
because it is hazardous for them to glide in the strong winds which
could rip their patagia, smash them into trees or take them out
to sea. Skip and Mark also plan to visit remote island of Itbayat,
even further to the north, to see if any more flightless flying
lizards live there, but reaching Itbayat is a challenge in itself.
Mark is also keen to seek out the endemic McGregors
pitviper found only in Batans rainforests. This small, brightly
coloured snake is poorly known and only found on this single small
island, one of several such Batan endemics.
This male Batan flying lizard (Draco jarecki)
may be evolving away from flight.
||Common Asian treefrog
||Flat-tailed house gecko
||Common house gecko
||Indo-Pacific tree gecko
|Mabuya sp. A
|Mabuya sp. B
||Gray's water skink
||Batan flying lizard
||Spotted winged flying
||Philippine water monitor
||VIPERS & PITVIPERS
Location: "Hidden valley" is a resort site located to
the southeast of Manila.
Location: The Batanes Islands of Batan and Itbayat are the northernmost
islands of the Philippines, located in the route of