Colourful new lizard species discovery in India

This video says about itself:

In Rajasthan, India, a 15-year-old boy called Navratan Harsh or ‘lizard boy’ lets lizards crawl all over his face.

From Wildlife Extra:

New species of gecko lizard has been found in Central India

A new species of gecko lizard has been discovered in the Satpura Hill ranges in Central India by four researchers.

The new species has been named Eublepharis satpuraensis after the location in which it was found in, reports The Asian Age.

The lizard belongs to the family of leopard geckos, which are some of the least studied lizards in India.

The gecko was located while researchers Zeeshan A Mirza, Rajesh V Sanap, David Raju, Atish Gawai and Prathamesh Ghadekar were studying amphibians in the region.

“The first picture of this species came to me in 2009 from Melghat Tiger Reserve,” said Mr Mirza, who is currently doing his research at Bengaluru’s National Centre for Biological Sciences.

“Later a few more pictures followed which led us to Satpura Hills, where we discovered the new gecko,”

The specimens of adult male and female were found in the Satpura Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, and juveniles were collected from Amravati district.

The species were collected near the boulders, rocky outcrops and burrows mostly in the nights.

The paper also states that the geckos are nocturnal and secretive in nature. At the slightest disturbance, the species retreats.

The scientific description of this new species is here.

See also photo here.

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