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Lizard (Frilled)

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Chlamydosaurus kingii
Lizard (Frilled)


They are found across northern Australia and southern New Guinea.


They live in the forest and open woodlands on the trunks and limbs of trees (arboreal).

Body Traits

They are 2.5 feet long with long legs and a long tail. They are grey-brown to green and blend in very well (camouflaged). They have a large frill around their neck, which is just a foot-wide fold of skin, that it raises when it feels alarmed.


They are active during the day (diurnal). They can get up on its two back feet and run to the nearest tree. If it can’t escape, they bring up their neck frill and open their bright yellow or pink mouths and hiss.


They eat insects, worms, and small mammals.


Human development and domestic pets, such as cats, are their biggest threat.

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Females lay 4 – 13 eggs during the wet season in a sandy nest in the sun. The eggs hatch after about 70 days.

Lizard (Frilled)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Chlamydosaurus
Species: C. kingii

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