Pinocchio lizard (Anolis proboscis) - Nose out and sniff
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Pinocchio lizard (Anolis proboscis) - Nose out and sniff

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Going extinct or was thought being extinct, Pinocchio lizards are extremely well camouflaged and live high in the canopy. 

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Pinocchio anoles were thought to be extinct for about 50 years before being recently rediscovered in the cloud forests of northwest Ecuador.

Alejandro Arteaga, a co-founder of the educational and ecotourism company Tropical Herping, which conducted the search for the lizard has found along with a team of photographers and researchers found the Pinocchio lizard recently in rainforest of Ecuador.


The Pinocchio lizard, properly named Anolis proboscis, or the horned anole (Anolis proboscis) is a small lizard belonging to the genus Anolis of the family Polychrotidae.
It was discovered in 1953 in Ecuador. Presumed extinct when it was not seen after the 1960s, it was rediscovered in 2005.
The species had been officially sighted only three times since that year until 2013 when researchers found evidence of a breeding colony in the remote regions of Ecuador.

 

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Some of the reason of not being found is that this small lizard is practically not moving during the day.Pinocchio lizard move very, almost ridiculously, slowly—hardly faster than a crawl.
Another reason is that acually the lizard lieves in the areas different to what has been suggested in the literature.
Also aan importat role is playing  its cryptic camouflage that helps it blend into the dense vegetation of the cloud forest.




Habitat
In the warm rainforest of Ecuador, Brasil.
Different to what has been suggested in the literature, the Pinocchio lizard was recently spotted not in deep cloud forest, but mostly in open area at the forest border.


Diet
Small insects



Breeding
unknown



Interesting facts
• The defining feature of the Pinocchio lizard—properly named Anolis proboscis, or the horned anole—is the male’s long protrusion on the end of its nose.
• The reptile wasn’t formally described by scientists until 1953.
• Horned anoles sleep at the end of branches, turning a pale white color as they snooze
• Far from being a sturdy, rigid structure, researchers have found that the horn is actually quite flexible.
• Pinocchio lizard — proper name Anolis proboscis, or the horned anole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sources :
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/08/pinocchio-lizard-spotted/
http://www.anoleannals.org/2012/05/31/rediscovery-of-the-enigmatic-ecuadorian-horned-anole/
http://www.anoleannals.org/2011/03/28/new-sightings-of-horned-anole/
http://www.anoleannals.org/
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