Y’Know the Flying Dragons in Avatar? Tiny Real-Life Version Photographed in Indonesia

Click for slideshow. Photo: Reddit user Biophilia_curiosus

Can’t Wait Until They Find the Full-Sized Species…
A Reddit.com user by the name of Biophilia_curiosus posted a few photos that he took in Indonesia. They show an amazing species of gliding lizard which basically looks like a miniature dragon. Fans of the film Avatar will be reminded of the flying Toruks… More photos below.

Biophilia_curiosus wrote: “The crazy part is that those lines you see running through the wings like veins are actually its ribs! Evolution did a number on these guys. They can expand and contract their chests at will to glide great distances. We were only able to catch females as they were laying their eggs. All we could do is watch as the males soared overhead.”
The photos were taken in Buton, Indonesia, in the Lambusango Forest reserve. As far as I can tell, nobody has identified the exact species of this lizard. Biology geeks who recognize this specimen, please let us know what it is in the comments below.

Biophilia_curiosus wants to become a conservation biologist and currently works for Operation Wallacea. I wish him (or her? always hard to tell with anonymous usernames) the best of luck with that. The world certainly needs more of those…

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  1. Kim says:

    Why are they depicted as lacking melanin?

  2. CopperWag says:

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