Native or Introduced
Found in forests, mangroves, scrubland, and beaches where they tend to stay close to water. As well as in large canals in built-up areas.
Carrion, small reptiles and mammals, bird eggs, insects.
Males are extremely territorial. Upon encountering another male, they will first take a threatening posture then begin fighting viciously, often leaving severe bite wounds.
Lead a solitary life.
They are diurnal creatures and hunts during the day.
Where can you find it in Singapore
Sungei Buloh (mangrove habitat), Macritchie Forest, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Upper Seletar (lakeside tree), Sentosa (beach).
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Nice summary about the characteristics of this species! Yes, males are territorial. Did you know that their ‘threatening’ behaviour makes them look like they are wrestling, or even hugging? Check out some photos in this blog: https://wildshores.blogspot.com/2012/03/when-lizard-hugs-you-what-does-it-mean.html#.XqeS_C-w3s0