There are a lot of really awesome origami lizards out there including one of my all time favourite origami models, Gen Hagiwara’s Frilled Neck Lizard. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to fold it.

This post is a collection of the best origami lizards (not including snakes, that’ll be another post) that I’ve seen.

You’ll also notice that you can now click on any of these images and a larger version of the image will open in a lightbox. I’m pretty excited about that and going forward all posts will be like this.

We’ll start off with this awesome origami chameleon by Karol Kafarski. Since chameleons can change their colour to blend in you could use any colour origami paper that you want when you fold one.

Origami Chameleon

Chameleon, Designed and Folded by Karol Kafarski

Crease pattern available from Karol Kafarski’s Flickr

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s Gen Hagiwara’s awesome frilled neck lizard and it’s one of my favourite origami models. One day I hope to get the diagrams and try folding this.

Origami Frilled Neck Lizard

Frilled Neck Lizard, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

This has to be the most beautiful origami lizard I’ve ever seen. It’s folded very well and the paper colour looks fantastic.

Origami Lizard

Lizard, Designed by Chris Heynen and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 21st Convention Book

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s Chris Heynen’s lizard again with a different folder. As you can see, using a different colour of paper makes a huge difference.

Origami Lizard

Lizard, Designed by Chris Heynen and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 21st Convention Book

Original image on Flickr

 

Here are two more frilled neck lizards with some excellent colouring added to them afterwards.

Frilled Neck Lizards

Frilled Neck Lizard, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

This white crocodile is mind blowing and I can’t imagine how much work went into folding it.

Origami White Crocodile

White Crocodile, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s a great origami iguana.

Origami Iguana

Iguana, Designed by King Ori and Folded by Thong Nguyen Nguyen

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s the frilled neck lizard again. Did I mention it’s one of my favourite looking models?

Origami Frilled Neck Lizard

Frilled Neck Lizard, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

I realize that axolotls technically aren’t lizards but they look sort of lizard like and I’m going to include them in this post anyways.

Origami Axolotl

Axolotl, Designed and Folded by Finward

Crease pattern available from Finward’s Flickr

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s an awesome looking paper gecko. I especially love the suction cups on the toes.

Origami Gecko

Gecko, Designed by Pasquale d’Auria and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s a different chameleon design that looks incredible.

Origami Chameleon

Jackson’s Chameleon, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s Gen Hagiwara’s frilled neck lizard again.

Origami Frilled Neck Lizard

Frilled Neck Lizard, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s Chris Heynen’s lizard folded by himself.

Origami Lizard

Lizard, Designed and Folded by Chris Heynen

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 21st Convention Book

Original image on Flickr

 

This is a really cool design of an armadillo lizard which is a lizard that can actually curl itself into a little ball.

Origami Armadillo Lizard

Armadillo Lizard, Designed and Folded by Alex Satsukawa

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This next model is very impressive and the whole thing is folded from one sheet of paper.

Gecko and Fly on Wall

Gecko and Fly on Wall, Designed by Herman van Goubergen and Folded by Origami bluedandelion

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #34 and #35

Original image on Flickr

 

The only reason why I’ve included so many frilled neck lizards in this post is because they’re awesome.

Origami Frilled Neck Lizard

Frilled Neck Lizard, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

This is a great and cute little origami crocodile.

Origami Crocodile

Crocodile, Designed and Folded by TERRY Nicolas

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Surprise! It’s a different frilled neck lizard design that’s a lot more complicated and more realistic looking.

Origami Frilled Neck Lizard

Frilled Neck Lizard, Designed by Ronald Koh and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Paginas de Origami – Bogota 2013

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s another awesome crocodile design by Manuel Sirgo and modified a bit by nyanko sensei.

Origami Crocodile

Crocodile, Designed by Manuel Sirgo and Folded by nyanko sensei.

Diagrams available in Origami Menagerie: 21 Challenging Models

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s Robert J. Lang’s great little paper lizard folded by Natalia Romanenko and photographed climbing over some rocks.

Origami Lizard

Lizard, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art

Original image on Flickr

 

And Here’s Robert J. Lang’s chameleon again.

Origami Chameleon

Chameleon, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s another really cute looking frilled neck lizard.

Origami Frilled Neck Lizard

Frilled Neck Lizard, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Mariano

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

This is a great little crocodile model that isn’t super difficult to fold. The one tooth is kind of cute too.

Origami Crocodile

Alligator, Designed by Peter Engel and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Origami from Angelfish to Zen

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s another unique origami lizard design this time by Brian Chan.

Origami Lizard

Lizard, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by Gonzalo

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

I love all the individually folded teeth in this paper alligator.

Origami Alligator

Alligator, Designed and Folded by Kota Imai

Crease pattern available here

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s Ronald Koh’s frilled neck lizard again.

Origami Frilled Neck Lizard

Frilled Neck Lizard, Designed by Ronald Koh and Folded by Alex Satsukawa

Diagrams available in Paginas de Origami – Bogota 2013

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s another great axolotl design that’s a lot more complex than the previous one.

Origami Axolotl

Axolotl, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Our final model this time is this incredible crocodile catching a fish in its mouth. The crocodile and fish are both from the same sheet of paper and the teeth are especially awesome.

Origami Gharial Hunting Fish

Gharial Hunting Fish, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

That’s it for this origami lizards post. If you enjoyed these models be sure to check out these artists and let them know too!

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