Practising Yoga in our Filth !!
In frame is spiny headed Fan throated lizard (sitana spinaecephalus) displaying his dewlap.
The habitat of this species is open ground grassland with abundant grass interspersed with thorny scrub and rocks. Pre monsoon is their breeding time during which the males display the loose fold of skin called dewlap/fan.
Their population remains small and finding them so close to Mumbai was indeed a treasure ,however the habitat was marred by the presence of plastic bags, paper foils etc.
The image showcases a male displaying his fan to attract females amidst the filth dumped by humans.
Plastic has already engulfed our oceans and rivers. Even the micro habitats existing in cities have been engulfed by plastic threatening the existence of these very species !!
It was most disheartening to see the state of the habitat and alarming for many nature lovers like us to protect these micro habitats for our future generation