10 Beautiful Blue Reptiles

Blue Reptiles

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While blue is a colour not too often seen in nature, there are some absolutely gorgeous blue reptiles out there. And since we’ve done other cool colours like pink and orange, we thought it was time for blue to get it’s turn! SO, keep on reading to learn about 10 beautiful blue reptiles we share the earth with.

Top 10 List

1. Grand Cayman Blue Iguana

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana
Grand Cayman Blue Iguana
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Scientific Name: Cyclura lewisi
Geographic Range: 
Grand Cayman Island
Lifespan: 
25 – 40 Years
Conservation Status:
Endangered

The Grand Cayman Blue iguana is an endangered iguana that can be found on the rocky sunlit areas of Grand Cayman Island. They are also spotted along the shore lines, as that is where the females prefer to lay their eggs. By 2003 fewer than 15 of these animals existed in the wild, mainly due to loss of habitat and being preyed upon by wild cats and dogs. Thanks to various organizations, hundreds of captive-bred blue iguanas have been released on their native island in an attempt to save the species. We hope that the population improves and the earth is able to keep these gorgeous iguanas!

2. Blue Tree Monitor

Blue spotted tree monitor
Blue Tree Monitor
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Scientific Name:  Varanus macraei
Geographic Range: 
Island of Batanta in Indonesia
Lifespan: 10+ Years
Conservation Status:
Endangered

The blue tree monitor is also referred to as the blue spotted monitor, which comes from the fact that these gorgeous lizards are black with blue scales scattered across their entire body. Another reptile that is confined to only a small island, the blue tree monitor can only be found on the Island of Batana, which only has a size of 450 km2. As the name suggests, they spend much of their time up in the trees, using their prehensile tail to get around, and looking for food (which is thought to include various insects).

3. Green Tree Python – Blue Morph

Green tree python Blue morph
Green Tree Python – Blue Morph
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Scientific Name:  Morelia viridis
Geographic Range: Australia and New Guinea
Lifespan: Average 20 Years
Conservation Status: Least Concern

While not all green tree pythons are blue, there are some gorgeous blue morphs and phases out there. The females are slightly larger than the males in these snakes, and they spend most of their time up in the trees. They have a unique way of coiling themselves up in the branches, which is one of their most recognizable traits. They are very popular in the pet trade, and thankfully despite the high numbers being smuggled in from the wild, they are still considered to be “least concern” according to the IUCN.

4. Electric Blue Gecko

Electric Blue Day Gecko
Electric Blue Gecko
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Scientific Name: Lygodactylus williamsi
Geographic Range: A small area of Tanzania
Lifespan: 
5 – 10 Years
Conservation Status:
Critically Endangered

Electric Blue Geckos are an extremely endangered gecko that can only be found in a few spots throughout Tanzania. The two main causes of their dwindling population are: illegal collection for the pet trade, and deforestation. Only the males of this species are a gorgeous bright blue, with the females being a bronze or green colour, or a mix of the two. These geckos live in the trees, spending their days eating insects, drinking water from the leaves, and occasionally eating nectar.

5. Sinai Agama

Sinai Agama
Sinai Agama
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Scientific Name:  Pseudotrapelus sinaitus
Geographic Range: 
Northeastern Africa and parts of the Middle East
Lifespan: 
Agama Lifespans Average 20+ Years
Conservation Status:
Not Listed

The sinai agama is an agamid with both long legs and a long tail. These lizards are active during the day, searching for food like insects, arthropods, and various plants. Normally sinai agamas are brown in colour, but during breading season the males will develop a bright blue colour in order to attract a female.

6. White-Lipped Pit Viper

White Lipped Pit Viper
White Lipped Pit Viper
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Scientific Name: Trimeresurus albolabris
Geographic Range: 
Southeast Asia
Lifespan: 
Average 11 Years
Conservation Status:
Least Concern

White lipped pit vipers have two colourations, some are a brilliant bright green, and some are the gorgeous soft blue shown in the photo above. Like all pit vipers, these snakes have venom they use to defend themselves and subdue their food. Their main food consists of birds, small frogs, and small mammals. Unlike many arboreal snakes, these vipers will strike and hold on to their prey instead of the more common strike and release.

7. Blue Panther Chameleon

Blue Panther Chameleon
Blue Panther Chameleon
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Scientific Name: Furcifer pardalis
Geographic Range: 
Madagascar
Lifespan:
 3 – 5 Years
Conservation Status:
Least Concern

The range of where the panther chameleon lives will dictate the main colours of their body. According to Wikipedia: “Panther chameleons from the areas of Nosy Be, Ankify, and Ambanja are typically a vibrant blue, and those from Ambilobe, Antsiranana, and Sambava are red, green or orange. The areas of Maroantsetra and Tamatave yield primarily red specimens. Numerous other color phases and patterns occur between and within regions. Females generally remain tan and brown with hints of pink, peach, or bright orange, no matter where they are found, but there are slight differences in patterns and colors among the different color phases.”

8. Blue Rainbow Lizard

Blue Whiptail Lizard
Blue Whiptail Lizard
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Scientific Name: Cnemidophorus splendidus
Geographic Range: 
Venezuela

Not much can be found on this beautiful blue whiptail lizard, but regardless it sure is a brilliant bright blue, and worth a mention!

9. Blue Anole

Blue Anole
Blue Anole
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Scientific Name:  Anolis gorgonae
Geographic Range: 
Island of Gorgona
Lifespan: 
Average Anole Lifespan is 3-8 Years
Conservation Status:
Thought To Be Threatened

The next blue reptile on our list is the blue anole. The blue anole is a small, very threatened species of lizard that can only be found on one island in the Colombian Pacific. This means that any dangers presented to them can be detrimental to their population. Major threats to these little lizards include deforestation and destruction of habitat, as well as the introduction of the western basilisks to the island. What’s cool about these anoles is that both the males and the females are a bright gorgeous blue, instead of just the males as is the usual.

10. Green Tree Snake – Blue Phase

Green Tree Snake - Blue phase
Green Tree Snake – Blue Phase
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Scientific Name:  Dendrelaphis punctulata
Geographic Range:
 Australia
Conservation Status:
Least Concern

The green tree snake is a slender, large-eyed, non-venomous snake that can be found throughout various parts of Australia. As their name suggests they are usually a green/olive green colour, but sometimes they can be found in a gorgeous blue colour, like the snake in the photo above. Their main diet is made up of frogs, small reptiles, and their eggs. However they have been known to eat small fish, mammals, geckos, and young turtles.

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