Frill Neck Lizard

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What do you know about this curious looking creature?

Frill Neck Lizard
Scientific name: Chlamydosaurus kingii


  • The frill, a thin fold of skin that usually hangs like a cape, can be 30 cm (12 inches) across when erect. These lizards move them up and down to communicate with one another. When threatened, the animal raises it frill, opens it mouth wide, hisses and stands upright.
  • They spend most of their lives in the trees, but descend occasionally to feed on ants and small lizards. Other menu items include spiders, cicadas, termites, and small mammals.
  • Their main predators are birds of prey, larger lizards, snakes, dingoes and feral cats.
  • Did you know? The Frilled Dragon may also extend its frill to thermoregulate, as it creates more surface area to absorb heat.
  • Body Length: up to 30 cm Incubation: 70 days
    Number of eggs: 4–13.

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