Jacky Lizard

Jacky Lizard on a weathered postWhat does it look like?  The Jacky lizard is a pale grey to dark brown lizard with spiny scales on sides of neck and bright yellow lining inside mouth. Black patches along middle of back, with 2 paler stripes on either side. Particularly large and prominent scales along back in longitudinal rows from neck to base of tail. Males generally have larger heads than females.

Where is it found?  South-eastern Australian mainland, from south-eastern Qld, through eastern NSW and Vic, to far south-western SA.

What are its habitats & habits? Found on rocky ridges and in open areas in dry sclerophyll woodland and coastal heaths, where it is usually seen on fallen or standing timber. Feeds on small invertebrates, including grasshoppers, ants and worms, flowers, berries and small skinks. Oviparous, laying 3–12 soft-shelled eggs in shallow burrows, with 1–2 clutches produced during summer. Sex of young is influenced by temperature of nest.

Scientific name: Amphibolurus muricatus

Size: SVL 110mm, TL 350mm

Also known as: Jacky Dragon; Tree Dragon

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