Hypsilurus boydii

Description

Boyd's Forest Dragons are generally brown or grey above, with some individuals having a green flush. The body is laterally compressed. They have very enlarged cheek scales, a prominent nuchal crest, and a yellow dewlap under the chin that is edged with enlarged spines. The males are larger than females and have larger, blockier heads

Distribution

This species is restricted to a small margin along the north-east coast of Queensland from Cairns to around Starcke National Park.

Lifespan

The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, many are considered to live an average of 20 - 30 years.

Size

Boyd's Forest Dragon can reach 45cm in length.

Diet

Their diet consists primarily of invertebrates, with earthworms making up a relatively high proportion. Small fruits and vertebrates are also occasionally consumed.

Habitat

The species is restricted to rainforests and their margins in northern Queensland, Australia, from just north of Townsville to near Cooktown.

Breeding

The Boyd’s Forest Dragons begin their breeding in the wet season. Just one to six eggs are produced in each clutch, they are laid in small nests on the forest floor, and will take about three months to incubate.