What happens when a predator calls the frilled-neck lizard’s bluff?

The kooky-looking lizard is all bark and no bite

When you live in the Aussie Outback and only weigh about 500 grams, you need some impressive techniques to fend off predators.

Feral cats, dingoes, snakes, birds and large lizards are the frilled-neck lizard’s main predators.

The lizard’s greatest tool is, unsurprisingly, its frilled neck, a coloured, pleated skin flap that encircles its entire head.

When the lizard is threatened, it opens its mouth, unfurls the frill, hisses and rises on its hind legs. Jumping towards the predator, the lizard lashes its tail on the ground.

While this may be a scary sight to some predators, some remain unintimidated by the frilled-neck lizard’s antics.

In that case, the frilled-neck lizard quickly turns around and runs with its legs flailing. The lizard won’t stop or look back until it reaches the safety of a tree branch or trunk.

The frilled-neck lizard spends most of its life up in the trees, feasting on ants and small lizards.

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