New records of Indian Garden Lizard, Calotes versicolor (Daudin, 1802) from Iran (Sauria: Agamidae)

Document Type : Research articles


1 Department of Environment, Biodiversity and Wildlife Bureau, Tehran, Ira

2 Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Golestan University, Gorgan, Iran

3 Islamic Azad University, Zahedan and, Sistan and Baluchestan Provincial Office for Department of Environment, Zahedan, Iran

4 Sistan and Baluchestan Provincial Office for Department of Environment, Saravan, Iran


The Indian Garden lizard has been recorded as herpetofauna of Iran but the only existing
records belong to far years before in which Balnford (1870) and Zarudny (1903) recorded
2-3 specimens in Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran. Afterward, there were no
records on the species in the country. Based on the existing records the mentioned
localities were investigated for years and using the information gained from local people
finally we could find two specimens in Geravani village in Saravn city area, one adult and
the other a juvenile. The captured adult had snout- vent length of 121.7 mm and tail
length of 293.2 mm. The main color of the adult one was light brown to gray with
patches of dark brown and white. Red throat and orange shoulders and orbit area were
the main colorful parts. Other parts are under investigation to find more specimens.