Some other agamids have ornamentation including throat sacs or crests, like the burst of reptilian sunshine that is Lyriocepahlus scutatus (see picture below). Despite their odd appearance, few studies have been done on these unique lizards, two of which are endangered and three of which are critically endangered, according to The National Redlist 2012 of Sri Lanka. And the functions of these horns, scientists are discovering, might be as different as the horns themselves. Somaweera and his team focused mainly on the critically endangered leaf-nosed lizards (C. tennentii) and found that on these and on rhino horn lizards (C.
Another theory is that the horns may be a form of camouflage helping the reptiles blend into their environment. As different as their faces are, these lizards’ choices of habitat vary greatly as well.
Ceratophora lizards’ current distribution—and scarcity—is shaped largely by historical and current agricultural practices, Somaweera said. During the late 18th century, “expansive forest cover in Sri Lanka’s central mountain regions began to give way to ‘colonial landscape,’ including land used for cultivation of coffee and then tea, destroying most of the historic range of the rhino-horned C.
I emailed Ruchira Somaweera and asked him your question – he says they eat a variety of foods, including insects (moths, caterpillars, bees, large ants, cockroaches), some other kinds of arthropods and the young of their own species!
The larger horns are probably an evolutionary adaptation to attract insects and bugs as a survival mechanism so they could get food. We’re Moving!As of October 22, 2014, Weird & Wild will be hosted on National Geographic's main news site. The lacy leaves and wandering branches of a Japanese maple lend drama to the grounds of the Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina.


Autumn paints the valleys of Denali National Park in Alaska, home to more than 650 species of flowering plants—and many animal species.
Red maple leaves and gold on a cottonwood announce the arrival of fall in the pink sandstone canyons of Zion National Park in Utah. Autumn’s grandeur spreads across Eagle Lake on Mount Desert Island, one of several coastal islands that make up Acadia National Park in Maine. Quaking aspens like these in the Elk Mountains of western Colorado, whose leaves tremble in the slightest wind, are common across North America.
Colorado’s Raggeds Wilderness—named for peaks like Marcellina Mountain—turns to gold in autumn.
Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is ablaze with fall colors—the yellow and orange of poplars, birches, striped maples, and hickories, punctuated with the red of sugar and red maples. Hikers in Denali State Park, just east of the national park, take in awe-inspiring views of the Alaska Range. Autumn softens this aerial view of New York City’s Central Park, the first public park built in the U.S. New research on this little-known and much endangered genus of agamid lizard, which is found only in the tropical lowland and mountain cloud forests of Sri Lanka, is poised to shed a great deal of light on these creatures’ unusual horns. The rarest ornaments, however, belong to the closely related Cerataphora lizards: Four of the five species have a horn on their noses that vary in size and shape depending on the species and sex. Built in 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt, the Biltmore is the largest private residence in the United States and includes more than 75 acres (30 hectares) of manicured gardens.
Eagle Lake, which supplies water to nearby Bar Harbor, is deep, clear, and relatively free of plant life.


Known for tolerating poor soils and cold climates, aspens flash yellow against their white bark in an unmistakable sign of coming winter. The wilderness covers nearly 65,000 acres (26,000 hectares) of the White River and Gunnison National Forests. They follow Little Coal Creek Trail through alpine meadows overlooking a river bright with glacial silt. The leaves that surround her are from maples, oaks, and dozens of other species, the result of an aggressive tree-planting program in the 1970s. It includes some of the world’s largest stands of fast-growing aspen trees, which can gain 5 feet (1.5 meters) in a year. Barn and field echo the nickname given to the valley during the Civil War—Breadbasket of the Confederacy. Yet the park's 843 acres (341 hectares), seven bodies of water, and more than 30 bridges and arches offer a vital sense of calm and space in the city that never sleeps.
Long called the “Forest City,” Portland maintains at least 20,000 trees today, including about a hundred elm trees that survived a 1960s outbreak of Dutch Elm disease.
I thought it was a bodilima (Sinhalese name) but I newer saw a species like that ever and after!



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