fortheloveofherpetology: Tennent’s Leaf-Nosed Lizard (Ceratophora tennentii)
- Only found in the Knuckles Forest Region in Central Sri Lanka
- Little is known about this species as a whole
- These lizards are Oviparous, or egg laying
- Classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red list as of 2006 due to habitat fragmentation
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Tennent’s leaf-nosed lizard is found in the wet tropical montane cloud forests of the Knuckles mountains in Sri Lanka, although they have been recorded in several other forest habitats.
These lizards are not very agile and rely more on their coloration to avoid predators rather than speed. They are diurnal and reported to eat insects and other small arthropods.
Much of this species habitat has been cleared for illegal logging, agriculture, and the cardamom, coffee, tea, and rubber plantations over the past two centuries. But in 2000, areas above 1,067 m above sea level were protected and labeled as conservation forest and cardamom cultivation abandoned within these areas. However, rather than allowing the natural regeneration, the cardamom was taken over by invasive weeds such as mistflower (Eupatorium riparium) and Lantana (Lantana camara). Due to the threats affecting their native habitats the Tennent’s leaf-nosed lizard was placed on the endangered list by the IUCN in 2006.