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© Margarita Ramos
Habitat:found only on the island of Gorgona, in Colombia  
Status:Critically Endangered

This is one of the world’s only pure blue lizards, and unfortunately it’s on the verge of extinction. The Blue Anole (Anolis gorgonae) looks like a little slice of sky as it slinks through the dense forests of Gorgona. The lizard is so reclusive and rare that scientists have a hard time even estimating what the total population of the species may be. All we know is that it’s in danger due to deforestation, since the lizards are primarily arboreal, and over zealous collecting of the lizard for the pet trade.

Interestingly, there is no sexual dimorphism between males and females – they both have the stunning blue skin. The dewlap, or flap of skin under the lizard’s throat, isn’t brightly colored as are most but instead is pure white. The contrast between the white flap and bright blue skin provides a unique look to this impressive lizard.

Conservation efforts are still being proposed to save this little beauty.