Chlamydosaurus kingii

Description

The Frilled Neck Lizard has a vivid yellow mouth and a large extendable frill gathered about the neck and under the throat. It frequently runs at speed on two legs to escape danger, quickly climbing the nearest tree to safety. Their colour can be brown or grey with the frill being lighter and often tinged with orange or reddish-brown. Males are bigger than females and have a more robust appearance.

Distribution

These Dragons occupy northern and eastern Australia's coastline from Brisbane to Cape York in Queensland across the top of the Northern Territory to Broome on the north-west coast of Western Australia.

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

Frilled Neck Lizards reach total body lengths of 22 cm.

Diet

The Frilled Neck Lizard eats mainly insects, spiders and other invertebrates, although small mammals and reptiles are also taken occasionally.

Habitat

The Frilled Neck Lizard inhabits dry woodland, shrubland and grassland. Most of the time is spent off the ground in trees, often at a substantial height.

Breeding

The female Frilled Neck Lizard lays between 8 - 14 eggs which are laid at the beginning of the wet season. Once hatched, the hatchlings are fully self-sufficient.