Common leopard geckos, one species of lizard has been found inhabiting the plain plain of Nepal.
Reptiles with the scientific name ‘Eublepharis macularius’, are land lizards, which were first discovered in the Kamdi corridor in the Banke district in the process of research on biodiversity. The lizard was named ‘Baghe Mausuli’ in Nepali because the pattern on his body resembled tiger stripes. It belongs to the family of Eublepharidae.
According to reptile expert Karan Shah, with the record of this new reptile for Nepal, a new family has been added to the reptile class. This is the 11th lizard species found in Nepal and so far 38 species of lizards have been recorded throughout the world. These reptiles are also found in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.
Unlike other lizard species, it cannot climb smooth surfaces because it does not have foot pads. In addition, it is crepuscular in nature; active at dusk.
Besides Kamdi, it has been found in Sunwal, Nawalparasi and Gurbhakot from Surkhet and recently in the Kusum area along the Banke National Park, said National Trust for Nature Conservation conservationist Santosh Bhattarai.
A team consisting of Shuklaphanta National Park ranger Yam Bahadur Rawat, reptile expert Shah and Kul Bahadur Thapa and conservation officer Bhattarai Trust confirmed the animal’s residence in Nepal.