Heart What a MARVEL! The blue and red lizard with a striking resemblance to comic book superhero Spider-Man

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

One has to wonder whether this lizard's spider-senses are tingling. For the reptile bears more than a passing resemblance to the Marvel comic superhero Spiderman.
The lizard's amazing red and blue markings are strikingly similar to the suit worn by the crime-fighting, web-weaving daredevil.

And - as the reptile was captured crawling around on his rock - he appeared to strike an identical pose to Spidey's favoured crouching pose.

Strike a pose: The brightly-coloured Mwanza Flat Headed Agama lizard even mimics Spidey's famous crouch
The lizard is a Mwanza Flat Headed Agama, which are native to Africa and usually live in groups with one dominant male - usually the most colourful.
Rich Nunn from Nostalgia and Comics in Birmingham said the resemblance was uncanny.
He said: 'This is the only animal I have ever seen with colouring so unbelievably similar. It's especially like Spiderman in the chest, arms and legs.
'His colourings are extremely bright making him look like he's dressed in a suit - crawling around on the rock.


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'I'm sure there are loads of comic fans who would want a lizard like this one because it looks so much like their hero.'
The colourful creature was captured on camera by photographer Cassio Lopes on a trip to the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya with his wife Alessandra.

The 38-year-old, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, said: 'We were on a photography workshop and on one afternoon we were parked for a couple of hours near Rongai river.

'It was dry at that time of the year and we'd been told a female leopard had been seen in the morning roaming around so we decided to spend some time there looking for it.

Lucky shot: The image of the lizard was captured by photographer Cassio Lopes (right) while he was on holiday in Kenya with his wife Alessandra (left)


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