It’s Friday and that means it’s time for my 18th mystery object. This week I have picked a skull (I can hear the groans already), but it’s a cute one and when I asked Melissa (who is not a biologist) what it is she got it in three guesses. I asked her how she worked it out and her reply was “I thought about it and it worked”, which speaks volumes about the principles behind identification methods.
So, I invite you to think about this and see if you too can make it work:
So, what is it? Answers in the comments section below – I’ll also do my best to respond to any questions, but tomorrow is a busy day for me, so I might not get much opportunity. Remember – think about it and it might just work.
P.S. if you get it early on I might turn your answer white to give others a chance of working it out for themselves.
I reckon it’s a chameloen of some sort.
Well done! It’s not even 8am and you got it already.
No trick photography in this one, which helped! I am quite fond of the beast in question. Teeth looked non-mammal, the eye orbits looked pretty big to me which suggests one of two things. I then did a quick google image search to confirm.
Is it a lizard?
It is indeed a type of lizard
I also would go with chameleon. Those are some huge eyes.
Some kind of lizard with bulging eyes so my guess is a chameleon.
I’m guessing gekko, mostly because they are the only sort of lizard I think could be described as “cute” 🙂
There are other cute lizards!
Any dimensions? And does it come from Madagascar?
This one is about 1.5cm long and not from Madagascar.