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The tragicomedy actor of Sinharaja

Hump-nosed Lizard (Lyriocephalus scutatus)
Sinharaja Rainforest

Fun Facts
All the world’s a stage, and all the hump-nosed lizards are merely reptilian players! Easily identifiable by the hump-like structure on top of its nose, and thus named quite aptly, the hump-nosed lizard is as theatrical as it looks. This species is known to dramatically play the damsel in distress and act dead when picked up, all part of Act I of its defence mechanism!

Lesser-known Facts
This agamid lizard is endemic to Sri Lanka, and is called ‘Bodilima’ in Sinhalese. It can be seen in wet zone forests such as Sinharaja and Kanneliya, hanging vertically on branches of trees. If threatened, this lizard opens its mouth, and much like an opera singer hitting the high notes, reveals the bright lining of its oral cavity as Act II!

Catch their performance LIVE throughout the wet lowlands and the mid-hills, from 25m up to an elevation of 1650m. Usually found at Ratnapura, Udawattakele Sanctuary, Gannoruwa, Gammaduwa, Hanthana, Mathugama, Knuckles Mountain Range, Adam's Peak, Gampola, Kandy, and Sinharaja Rainforest.



Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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