10 Amazingly Cool and Freaky Lizards

Pinocchio Lizard

Lizards have been one of the world’s greatest fascinations since the beginning of time. From brightly colored chameleon pets, to video game characters and even the wildly popular Godzilla movie; we have a special place in our hearts for these strangely interesting reptiles. In this article we pay tribute to the lizards that inspire so much interest. So sit back and enjoy exploring these 10 amazing, cool and freaky lizards.

1. Pinocchio Lizard

Pinocchio Lizard
Pinocchio Lizard “Anolis proboscis” – Photograph by Alejandro Arteaga

The accurately named “Pinocchio Lizard” aka pinocchio anole was thought to be extinct for the last 40 years. Rare sightings were described by photographers and travelers but little to no actual proof existed of this species until recently. They’re described as being a very slow moving lizard. And no one knows the use of their long nose at this point. The picture above is that of a male, the female pinocchio lizards are said to not have a long nose.

2. Flying Dragon – Draco Volans

Flying Dragon - Draco Volans
Flying Dragon or Gliding Lizard (Draco Volans) – Photograph by Project Noah

As much as the world would enjoy a miniature flying dragon, Draco Volans can only glide. They have “wings” which tuck in beside their ribs. When they feel the need to move, this cool lizard can glide from tree to tree (up to 26 feet at a time). Being territorial creatures, a male flying lizard will claim 2 – 3 trees for food, shelter and breeding.

3. Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko

Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko
Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko “Uroplatus phantasticus” – Photograph by Piotr Naskrecki

This evil looking gecko sports some of the best camouflage the world has ever seen. As their name suggests, the leaf-tailed (aka flat tailed) gecko mimics the appearance of a dead leaf. From their perfectly shaped tail to their colors, veins and texture, when these guys are sitting on a leaf they are incredibly hard to spot. Despite the coloration of the lizard of above, most are brown.

4. Northern Four Horned Lizard

Northern Four Horned Lizard
Northern Four Horned Lizard – Picture by Christopher V. Anderson

Chameleons are without question one the most popular lizards due to their fascinating colors and overall appearance. But not everyone knows that some have “horns.” This one in particular has 4 horns on what could be called the nose. Other very similar species have 3 very long, noticeable horns spanning from their nose to above the eyes. Two of the most entertaining aspect of these lizards (a side from their beautiful colors) is their rocking movement, which mimics the movement of twigs and tree limbs, and of course their tongues which shoots out at incredible speeds to capture food like crickets and other small insects.

5. Mexican Mole Lizard

Mexican Mole Lizard
Mexican Mole Lizard (Bipes biporus) – Photograph by Carl J. Franklin

Hard to believe this is actually a lizard, huh? This is really a lizard and it is native to Baja California and Mexico. As their worm like appearance suggests, they spent most their lives underground and usually in sandy areas.  They have the unique ability to move like a worm or snake but it also has working limbs, which is does use.

6. Marine Iguana

Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana – Picture by Life of Sea

Found in the waters of the Galopagos Islands, the marine iguana has the unique ability to both live and forage under water. They enjoy the warmer waters on the rocky shores of the islands but can also be found up to 30 feet under water. As you can see in the picture above, their overall appearance mimics that of rocky surface mixed with a reef like appearance on top of their head spanning down its back and tail.

7. Sailfin Lizard

Sailfin Lizard
Sailfin Lizard or “Dragon” – Photography by Monroyrios

Found in the tropical rivers of the Philippines, this Sailfin lizard is quite unique in its abilities. First and foremost, they’re incredible swimmers. But what they’re most well known for is their ability to run on water. This is typically seen when they’re running from predators, they can run for short distances on water until they glide in. Quite often they will hide underwater for up to an hour, or until the predator is gone.

8. Hump Nosed Lizard

Hump Nosed Lizard
Hump Nosed Lizard (Lyriocephalus) – Photography by Niroshan Mirando Photography

It’s easy to see where this cool lizard gets its name from. A rather large “nose” is the feature point to why this lizard made our list of amazingly cool and freaky lizards. While there isn’t a wealth of information to be found on this particular species, it is commonly stated that species is endangered due to the recent habitat loss from human activities.

9. Rhinoceros Iguana

Rhinoceros Iguana
Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta)

Another endangered species is this Rhinoceros Iguana, which is easily one of the coolest looking iguanas in the world. The horn like outgrowth above their nose slightly resembles that of an actual rhinoceros, not to mention their coloration. They can grow up to 4 1/2 feet in length, making it one of the largest iguanas in the world.

10. Cape Melville Leaf-tailed Gecko

Cape Melville Leaf-tailed Gecko
Cape Melville Leaf-tailed Gecko (Saltuarius Eximius) – Picture by Conrad Hoskin

Found on Cape Melville in Northern Australia, this freaky looking gecko sports an appearance that looks more like a strange bug than a lizard! This species was only recently discovered, making it the 7th member of the “Saltuarius”  genus. Little is known about this species other than its native location, size, color and “sit-and-wait” approach to feeding, which is common for most geckos.

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