Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao has abundant nature with warm-temperature forests and temperate forests. There are a lot more species could be called as "treasure" inhabits other than explained in animals, insects and birds section. Spiders is one of them because they are beneficial insects and its prey is destructive insects. Over 300 species including rare ones inhabits and Mt. Takao is the mountain with the largest number of species of spiders and widely known as a paradise for spiders.

Takydromus tachydromoides (Japanese Grass Lizard)
Takydromus tachydromoides (Japanese Grass Lizard) Tiger Keelback
Main region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Yaku Island, Tanega Island and Nakanoshima Island. Found in grasslands and shrubs from flatlands to low elevations and also around residential areas and often see them sunbathing on rock fences and rocks at gardens. The Japanese name Nihon-kana-hebi literally meaning Japanese cute snakes but they are a group of lizards, not snakes. The biggest difference from Japanese five-lined skink is to have rough surfaced scales. Are active during daytime and sleep on fallen leaves or grass at night. Are predators and feed on spiders and porcellio scabers. Have distinct long tails and the length is twice as long as the length of head to body. Are able to cut own tails to protect itself from enemies. The body color is brown from back to side of abdomen and white on abdomen. Have one white line from under the eye to the side of abdomen.

●Body Length  about 16 to 27 cm
●Season  April to October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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