KATHMANDU, Nepal - In Nepal, the existence of another lizard species has been verified. The additional lizard species was discovered during biodiversity research conducted in the Chure region in Miklajung Rural Municipality in Morang district.
The reptile is known as the "Sikkim Chheparo" and goes by the scientific name Takydromus sikkimensis. According to the animal kingdom's taxonomy, it belongs to the "Lacertidae" family.
With this, 41 different species of lizards are now present in Nepal.
According to herpetologist Santosh Bhattarai of the Nepal Conservation and Research Center, the number of lizard families found in Nepal has increased to seven due to the discovery of the animal by a team of animal conservationists.
The team comprised Bibek Gautam, Dr. Ram Chandra Kandel, and Santosh Bhattarai.
Twenty-four species of Takydromus lizards have been found worldwide, with the first one, Takydromus Sikkimensis, discovered in the Indian state of Sikkim, where it was named after the town.
It was discovered for the first time in Sikkim in 1888, and 121 years after the first discovery, a second detection in Sikkim was confirmed in 2009.
Researcher Bibek Gautam of the Biodiversity Research and Conservation Society claims that the Takydromus Sikkimensis has just been discovered in Panchthar and the Chulachuli region of Ilam. As he stated, the crew became aware of the animal's presence when visiting the locations as part of their routine water lizard research.