How to Draw a Green Forest Lizard

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Green Forest Lizard in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represents how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Green Forest Lizard.

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How to Draw a Green Forest Lizard - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the head, make the bottom longer, rouded, and jagged for its cheek

Step 2: At the top, draw small spikes coming from its head

Step 3: Draw two lines for the body

Step 4: Front legs are next, they need to be bent forward

Step 5: Draw two hind legs, bent the same way as the front

Step 6: Draw a long tail, because this guy has a big one

Step 7: Add lines along its "back" for stripes

Interesting Facts about the Green Forest Lizard

This large species of lizard is native to the Indian subcontinent, and grows up to twenty-five inches in length from nose to tail. They are a forest-dwelling lizard that is found in India and Sri Lanka. They have very pronounced green and white scales on their bodies, but what stands out the most are their colorful and large heads. Their heads may be up to twice as wide as their body, and usually boast a unique array of black, orange and red coloring. It is only mature males who have this trait, as the heads of females and immature males tend to be a bright greenish-yellow that suitably matches the color of the rest of their body. There is not much known about the roosting habits of this species, but it is known that they will reside in trees heavy in foliage. This is presumably so that they can blend in with their surroundings.

Did you know?

  • They have spines that grow down the length of their backs. The closer that they are to the tail, the shorter these spines become.
  • When resting on a brightly colored leaf, these lizards are practically invisible to predators.
  • Mature males of this species often have dark black splotches under their eyes, which resemble a thick ring of eyeliner.
  • Another name for this lizard is the Green Forest Calotes.
  • Their tails are very long, which helps them to balance when walking across high-up tree branches.

Arts and Crafts Activity Notes: Draw the green forest lizard and make enough copies for every participant. Distribute the copies and have each person color in their lizard with colored pencils, markers or crayons. Instruct them to color the scales on the body to show their name or initials, and then once the coloring is done instruct them to cut them out using safety scissors. Proceed to use these lizards to decorate a surface of the room, such as a door, or personal areas like cubbies or desks.

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