Numerous lizards seen in steeps and foothills of Chui region
AKIPRESS.COM – Nature enthusiast from Kara-Balta town Nikolai Radchenko reported a growing number of jumping lizards in the steppes and foothills of the Chui region.
“When you walk about a hundred meters along the steppe foothills in hot weather, you’ll immediately see these jumping lizards scattering in different directions from under your feet. Their movements are rapid and lively. I remember as a child, we used to intentionally catch them and compete with each other. It was quite challenging to catch them as they would swiftly escape by detaching their tail if grabbed,” he shared.
Biologist Irina Stezhko provided information about these lizards. “The jumping lizard, also known as the steppe or common lizard, is widely found in Central Asia. Its name originates from its swift and agile way of moving. It can reach a length of 28 centimeters, including the tail. Female lizards have brown or gray coloring with a white underside, while males display bright green mating colors during the spring. In the wild, lizards feed on various insects, and larger specimens may even consume small rodents. Interestingly, these lizards have the ability to detach their tail as a defense mechanism, which later regrows. Birds and small predators are their primary threats. It is advisable to avoid touching these lizards due to their strong jaws, and their bites may trigger allergic reactions.”