Rainbow lizards are a species of lizard that originally thrived in the Oradian rainforest in southern Amrisa. They are brightly colored with skin that changes in both pattern and color, and can even produce colors not visible to humans. Scientists believe that they use skin color to communicate needs or mood with each other and with humans, and to attract mates. Both males and females display the changing color patterns, with males generally exhibiting more intricate patterns in the presence of females. Due to their beauty, many people kept rainbow lizards as exotic pets before the eruption of Mount Oacana. A few were even cared for at the Library of IFERA during the years immediately following The Disaster. By the time that Memorial Biodome was established in 81 AD, only three known rainbow lizards remained (including one male and two female). The Memorial Biodome conservators worked carefully to increase those numbers over time, and with the help of other Sanctuary City families, provided rainbow lizards with ideal greenhouse environments where they could be protected and continue to grow in number. By 120 AD, the Memorial Biodome was beginning to reach capacity as many protected species increased in number. The conservators began to work with other Sanctuary City families that owned private greenhouses to allow them to host animals, including rainbow lizards. Over the next several decades, rainbow lizards were highly sought after by those who could maintain an environment for them.
Genetics and Reproduction
Female rainbow lizards usually lay between 3-5 eggs each spring, which can then be fertilized by a male. About 60-80 percent of those fertilized will be viable, hatching within 72 days. Female rainbow lizards are also capable of reproducing asexually from unfertilized eggs. In the event that no eggs are fertilized, approximately 10-20 percent of eggs may still produce a hatchling that is a genetic clone of the mother.
Growth Rate & Stages
Rainbow lizard hatchlings are usually only about 4-5 cm long. Ideally, the mothers care for them for the first month, but they can be safely separated after that. They reach adulthood within one year. Rainbow lizards can continue to grow their entire life, reaching up to 125 cm in length.
Ecology and Habitats
Rainbow lizards love hot and humid environments with plenty of fresh water around. If the temperature drops too low, their metabolism will slow and they become lethargic.
Dietary Needs and Habits
The rainbow lizards are herbivores, preferring to nibble on leafy green plants and flowers.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
As of 240 AD, all known rainbow lizards were living in greenhouse habitats in Sanctuary City.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Rainbow lizards use a variety of senses including sight, touch, smell, and hearing. In particular, they have exceptional vision, allowing them to perceive ten times more color than the average human, including ultraviolet and infrared.
3 to 6 kg
Up to 125 cm
by Egor Kamelev
Rainbow lizard are able to communicate moods and needs through the brightly colored patterns on their skin
Hosting Rainbow LizardsRainbow lizards are closely monitored and protected by the conservators of Memorial Biodome. Sanctuary City families with greenhouses may apply to host one or two rainbow lizards. The application process ensures that the family has a suitable and safe habitat for the rainbow lizards, and can responsibly care for them. Rainbow lizards are still considered to be the property of Memorial Biodome, even when residing with host families, and strict penalties are imposed if the lizards are harmed or die from negligence or abuse.
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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
I love that they have come back from only three of them, and that they now live safely in greenhouses. I also really like the fact that females can reproduce asexually if necessary.
Thank you! Indeed, Academy scientists believe that the rainbow lizards may have died out completely without asexual reproduction. However, the males are also highly prized as they lend some diversity to the species.
Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
These must be so beautiful to look at. Luckily they were saved from extinction.
Thank you for the comment. I am also glad they were able to survive. It would have been a great loss to Kaiter to lose such a beautiful creature.
Love the article! More people should include Chameleon inspired animals into their worlds :) This reminds me that I really should do so too... And congrats on the feature :)
Thanks! I enjoyed imagining them and thinking about how they might live after their habitats were destroyed.
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
I love idea of families hosting lizards in their home :D This is a nice way to get everyone involved with the conservation effort :D
Thanks for the comment! It was interesting to think about how they might survive the destruction of their habitat with the help of the Amrisans.
Neat species! And I really like how important the conservation of this species is in the article overall :P There was a sentence that was quite shocking, but has no further explanation within the article:How do the lizards communicate with humans? The way it is worded it seems to imply intent of the lizards in communicating with the humans, in which case, it'd be neat to know more about that.
I think that I was imagining it would be like how humans understand what their cats want by their meow. In this case, the human would learn what the lizard wants by its color. That might be something to clarify in the future! Thanks for the comment.
That's a pretty cool article. Also, the ones that are 125cm long must be on the end of their lives.
Yep, that sounds right. The longest ones would be the ones that have lived long, healthy lives. Thank you for the comment!