Herp herp, hooray! Sumatran Draco πŸ˜

The adorable herp I chose was the Sumatran Flying Dragon (Draco sumatranus) or more commonly known as a Draco! ❀️ This native cutie can be found on trees all throughout Singapore, at the edge of forests and in parks and other green spaces with abundant sunlight. β˜€οΈ The dracos are diurnal, only scuttling around during the day when there is sufficient sunlight and heat. An exception to this would be when it is gliding through the air from tree to tree, or when females come down to the ground to lay their eggs. πŸ₯š

The sumatran flying dragon.
Credit to Chien Lee.

The draco has usually been seen eating ants, termites and other small insects that crawl upon the tree bark. 🐜 They are usually solitary, camouflaged against the tree bark. However, when they need to find each other to mate, the male opens his big bright throat flap to attract a female, who in turn opens her own duller-coloured throat flap. 🦎

The bright yellow throat flap of the Sumatran Flying Dragon (Draco sumatranus).
Credit to BP Chua.

One thought on “Herp herp, hooray! Sumatran Draco πŸ˜

  1. Engaging write-up that’s both informative and enjoyable πŸ™‚ Did you know that aside from displaying its dewlap, males also do β€˜push ups’ to attract females? Check out this video of a similar Draco species, Draco volans, in action: https://youtu.be/9PlM12Qxzlg

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