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Names used:

  • Lat. Takydromus sexlineatus, 
  • English. Asian grass lizard, long tailed grass lizard, long tail lizard.
  • German. Langschwanzeidechsen, Sechsstreifen-Langschwanzeidechse
  • Dutch. Langstaarthagedis
  • French. lézard à longue queue
  • Spanish. Lagartija Asiatica Cola Larga
  • Vietnamese. Đó chính là liu điu

Distribution: Throughout South East Asia: South of China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and more.

Subspecies: Takydromus sexlineatus sexlineatus and Takydromus sexlineatus ocellatus.

Habitat: Takydromus s. lives in open grassland, disturbed area’s and plantations. In these areas they live between higher grass, wild vegetation, shrubs and small trees. They do not appear in wetlands, tropical dense forests and rain forests.

Climate: Although the countries distributing Takydromus s. are tropical, the lizard lives in areas where there is enough sun to make it less humid. All countries have periods of dryer and wetter seasons  what differs per area.

In the most extreme situation the night temperature drops to about 15 degrees Celsius and the day temperature goes up to about 35 degrees celsius. Most captured grass lizards come from areas where there isn’t such a big difference between temperatures.

Behavior: For a lizard, Takydromus sexlineatus is pretty active. It hunts for prey in an active way and isn’t really a sit and wait predator.  They climb through and over tall grasses, twigs and branches and can balance with there tail on the lightest blades of grass.

In their natural environment you can find several grass lizards together, but it isn’t a social behaving, group animal. They tolerate each other and that’s about it.

Appearance T. sexlineatus sexlineatus and T. Sexlineatus ocellatus. The biggest difference between the subspecies are somewhat stronger contrast between stripes and the contrasting white pearls on the male ocellatus.

Both sub species can loose their tails when caught by it and will grow a new one which isn’t looking as good as the original tail. In the wild it doesn’t seem to harm the grass lizard too much, although the animal has more of a challenge on climbing higher grasses.

Eggs laid by  the grass lizard can be found in humid soil but most of the time females will drop their eggs just above the ground in fine bladed grasses. The outcome of females and males is genetically decided and not by warmer or cooler temperatures.

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