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Frilled neck lizard

Chlamydosaurus kingii


The Frilled Neck Lizard grows to around 45-90cm in length, about two-thirds of which is tail. It has a vivid yellow mouth and a large extendible frill gathered about the neck and under throat. The combination of the gaping mouth and the wide, brightly coloured frill provide an intimidating sight to any potential predator. It frequently runs at speed on two legs to escape danger, quickly climbing the nearest tree to safety. Their colour can be brown or grey with the frill being lighter and often tinged with orange or reddish-brown. Males are bigger than females and have a more robust appearance.


Dry woodland


Diet: The frilled lizard eats mainly insects, spiders and other invertebrates, although small mammals and reptiles are also taken occasionally. Reproduction: The frilled lizard lays between 8-14 eggs which are laid at the beginning of the wet season. Hatchlings are fully self-sufficient and are only too willing to use the frill and gaping mouth display when they feel threatened.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Iconic Aussie lizard.

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Very cool. I loved Frank in the Rescuers Down Under! I wanted to see more so I read all of Wikipedia. Very neat.

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Lakefield, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Nov 12, 2018
Submitted on Nov 20, 2018

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