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Frill Neck Lizard

Tom Newman

Frankston, Australia

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Frill Neck Lizard Healesville Sanctuary Australia

Chlamydosaurus kingii

The Frilled Neck Lizard is an amazing little reptile. It is also an Australian icon. They are between 70 to 90 cms long, and have a ‘frill’ around their head. When the lizard gets frightened, it opens its mouth and the frill is folded out. The lizard can also run very fast, and it runs on its two hind legs.

The lizard is found in southern New Guinea, as well as in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and across northern Australia. It primarily inhabits savanna woodlands, but may also be found in tropical to warm temperate forests.
It is semi-arboreal, and hunts in the trees for small arthropods (including caterpillars and cicadas), and on the ground for ants and termites, spiders, or small vertebrates (e.g. other lizards). The lizards are less active during the dry season (April-August) The only reported predators are Morelia.

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