DENR National Capital Region through its South Field Office (SFO), retrieved an Oriental Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor) from Talon 5, Las Pinas City. The reptile was immediately taken to the Wildlife Rescue Center (WRC) in Quezon City for health checks and rehabilitation.
The Oriental garden lizard is an insectivorous lizard introduced to the Philippines and other parts of the world. It is also known as the “Changeable Lizard”, due to its wide variation in coloration and ability to change colors significantly during the breeding season.
This kind of species is usually found among the undergrowth in open habitats including high urban areas, that’s why it appears to have adapted well with humans and is therefore not considered endangered. It is, however, considered an invasive alien species in most places where it was introduced, endangering local lizard species.