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Re: Bipedal lizards
On Thu, 19 Jun 1997, Dictator-for-life Calvin wrote:
> Thanks to all who responded about the bipedal lizard
> I've known about the basilisk and the Australian frilled lizard being
> able to do the emergency biped thing for a while, but I could have
> sworn that not too long ago I saw a post about a Central American
> lizard that is really, truly, honest-to-goodness habitually bipedal.
> If I remember right, the lizard in question had either just been
> discovered, or just been discovered to be a biped.
> I really hope I'm not losing my mind, so if anyone out there knows
> what I'm talking about, please drop me a message.
> Thanks in advance,
> Matt Wedel
I haven't heard of any habitually bipedal lizard from South America but
the Australian Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) comes close.
Apparently bipedal locomotion is the prefered style when on the ground
(however most of their time is spent in trees). I've posted the reference
to this before but I'll have to do some digging to find it again, maybe
Darren Naish has it.
- Bipedal lizards
- From: "Dictator-for-life Calvin" <MWEDEL@gslan.offsys.ou.edu>