Photographed in a Vegetable Farm ( do read my blog A GREEN DESERT) in the village of Ranesar near the home of Demoiselle Cranes, Kichan ( do read my blogs A FEAST and the WINTER GUESTS) in the deserts of Rajasthan.
The picture below is a heap of harvested cotton bushes in which lurks the mysterious Dinosaur of the desert.
A closer look within the dried bushes shows up a Reptile resembling the Dinosaurs of the Jurassic Age.
Do observe the Gland below the eyes and the extremely long and curved claws used for climbing and gripping.
A top view shows up the spectacled back and a distinctive dual colour, the head and upper limbs are clearly lighter and grey.
The lovely colouration and outstanding camouflage make me struggle to discern the never ending tail of this modern day Dinosaur.
Can you spot where the tail ends?
I am sure it is not the Spiny Tailed Lizard ( Sanda in Hindi) of the Deserts , the oil of which is sold as an aphrodisiac by road side quacks.
It does not resemble the Chameleon or the Oriental Garden Lizard either.
The blog is dynamic till we figure out the Scientific name and therein lies the story of THE NEVER ENDING TALE.