Frilled Lizard

Frilled Lizard Chlamydosaurus kingii SVL 275mm, TL 890mm

(Frill-necked Lizard; Frilled Neck Lizard; Frilled Dragon)

What does it look like?  Unmistakable, with large, extendable, grey, red or orange frill that is folded along neck when at rest. Brown to orange-brown or blackish-grey above, with darker brown markings on back and sides, and generally paler or blackish below. Tail long and whip-like, often with blackish tip.

Where is it found?  Northern and eastern Australia, from Kimberley region WA, through northern NT, to northern and eastern Qld.

What are its habitats & habits? Occurs in wooded environments of tropical north, including dry forests, grassy woodland and monsoonal woodland, where it is mainly arboreal, perching on trunks and branches of trees. Feeds on invertebrates and their larvae, including ants, cicadas and spiders, as well as small lizards, mammals and some plant matter. Oviparous, laying 1–2 clutches of about 12 soft-shelled eggs each year. If startled, either runs away on its hindlegs, or expands its large frill and hisses with its mouth wide open.