Scientific name Draco volans
Higher classification Draco
|Similar Draco, Reptile, Common Gliding lizard, Agamidae, Scaled reptiles|
Draco volans, the common flying dragon, is a species of lizard endemic to Southeast Asia. Like other members of genus Draco, this species is known for its ability to glide using winglike lateral extensions of skin called patagia.
Philippine flying or gliding lizard draco volans up close
This lizard grows up to 22 centimeters in length, including the tail. The body is tan in color with dark flecks. The patagium of the male is tan to bright orange with dark banding. The female's patagium has irregular markings rather than banding.
The common flying dragon lives in open secondary forest and on forest edges.
This species feeds mainly on ants, and possibly other insects.
The female common flying dragon digs a hole in the soil to serve as a nest, and lays eggs in it.
This species can be found in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore.