Archive for the ‘Australian Lizards’ Category
Posted on June 16, 2010 - by admin
Pygopus lepidopodus or the Common scaly-foot lizard
While it looks like a snake, common scaly foot is in fact a legless lizard. The common scaly-foot can be found right across the south of Australia, where it lives in open forests and woodlands. the common scaly-foot like to eat spiders and insects, and will even feed on soft fruits. As the largest of the legless lizards, the common scaly-foot can reach up to 85 cm long, of which about 55 cm will be tail. (more…)
Posted on June 15, 2010 - by admin
Pogona vitticeps or the Inland Bearded Dragon
Inland bearded dragon can be slightly smaller in size than their Coastal Bearded Dragon relatives. They are highly variable in colour, depending on what part of Australia they come from. They can range anywhere from cream to yellow to orange. These animals also rely on colour for camouflage in the light reddish sandy environments of inland Australia.
Posted on June 14, 2010 - by admin
Pogona mitchelli or the Western Bearded Dragon
Western Bearded Dragon lives in north-western Australia, in a variety of habitats, including the Great Sandy Desert.
There is some controversy about whether P. mitchelli is actually a species distinct from P. minor.
Averaging only 5.5in snout-vent length, the Western Bearded Dragon is a very small species.
Posted on June 13, 2010 - by admin
Pogona henrylawsoni or the Prairie Dragon
Often called a Pygmy Bearded Dragon, Prairie Dragon is the smallest member of the Bearded dragon group, reaching only 25 cm as an adult. A short tail, and a small, round head set this animal apart from its Eastern cousin.Named after famed Australian Poet, Henry Lawson, these lizards are found in the deeply-cracking Black Soil plains of arid Australia. Prairie Dragons will seek shelter in these cracks at the first sign of danger. When they feel the threat has passed, they’ll emerge to forage for insects in the cooler mornings and evenings. (more…)
Posted on June 12, 2010 - by admin
Nephrurus wheeleri or the Knob-tailed Gecko
Did you know…
- Banded knob-tailed geckos are one of the most spectacular and sought-after of the knob-tailed gecko group.
- Knob-tailed Gecko are found in the Pilbara and Murchison regions of Western Australia.
- Knob-tailed Gecko species has been known to scrape a slight hole in the ground, settle into the depression, and then cover itself with loose soil. This might be to keep warm, or it might be a way of concealing themselves.
Posted on June 11, 2010 - by admin
Nephrurus levis or the Knob-tailed Gecko
Did you know…
- Smooth knob-tailed gecko can be found in the arid parts of Australia.
- Knob-tailed gecko often live in a small burrow dug into the side of another animal’s burrow.
- Knob-tailed gecko is well-known for preying upon smaller geckos, along with any invertebrates that they can over-power.
Posted on June 10, 2010 - by admin
Nephrurus amyae or the Knob-tailed Gecko
This bizarre looking creature has the largest head and smallest tail of all the knob tails. When threatened, the Knob-tailed Gecko will arch its back, bringing its tail over the head, making it look larger than life. It will then perform slow push ups on all four legs. If its aggressor still doesn’t get the hint, the gecko may dart in for a quick bite. As with other Geckoes, the Knob Tail is an egg layer, laying two eggs at a time. More than one clutch can be produced during the breeding season. (more…)
Posted on June 9, 2010 - by admin
Moloch horridus or the Thorny Devil
This is one of Australia’s most interesting and unusual animals. People often mistake the Latin word horridus for meaning ‘horrible’ – it does in fact mean ‘bristly’. This describes the lizard’s erect stance, with the tail and head held high. The thorny devil eats only ants, usually the black ant variety. An adult animal can consume in excess of 2000 ants per day. Their stomachs are designed to tolerate the high acid levels of their chosen meal. (more…)
Posted on June 8, 2010 - by admin
Hypsilurus spinipes or the Rainforest Dragon
This fierce-looking rainforest dragon lives in warm temperate rainforest and sclerophyll forests along the mid-eastern coast of Australia. They feed on insects and spiders, which they hunt ambush in the canopy, on tree trunks and vines, or the forest floor. Rainforest dragon drink from the water that runs down branches when it rains. The water runs into the lizard’s mouth via gravity, requiring very little effort from the dragon. (more…)
Posted on June 7, 2010 - by admin
Hypsilurus boydii or the Boyd’s Forest Dragon
This forest dragon seems to have retained the appearance of a dinosaur, with both males and females having a dorsal crest of enlarged spines. Living in tropical coastal rainforests and tablelands from Townsville in the south and north to Mossman, they lead a fairly sedentary life. They can be found resting on the side of trees during the day, darting down to the ground to catch insects. This animal is one of the two species of forest dragon found in Australia, the other being the rainforest dragon of SE Queensland. Many more species of forest dragons are found in New Guinea and South East Asia. (more…)