Frilled Lizard

Order:  Squamata (scaled reptiles)
Suborder:  Lacertilia (=Sauria) (lizards)
Family: Agamidae (agamid lizards)
Genus:  Chlamydosaurus (frilled lizards)
Also known as:  frilled dragon, "frillie"

Scientific Name:  Chlamydosaurus kingii Gray, 1825

Habitat:  Dry forests and woodlands.  Can be found basking and foraging on the ground, but is also arboreal.

Chlamy="outer garment (frill)," saurus="lizard," kingii in honor of King

Length: Large specimens reported to 5 feet total.
Food:  Insects and small vertebrates. Frilled Lizard Range

This is one of several frilled lizards I saw, both alive and dead.  Initially, the ones I saw were basking either in the middle of, or alongside, paved roads.  The first one I saw was as I was driving north into the "Top End" of Northern Territory.  I didn't even recognize it as a lizard; it just looked like a tree stump in the road, due to the way they sit upright (like in the picture at right).  When my mind finally registered it as a lizard, I turned around and backtracked to the spot, but several motorcycles had just passed and scared it off into the woods.

Frilled Lizard
The DOR specimen I found was very brightly colored, with orange on its chest and frill.  The living ones were fairly shy, although I've heard of them actually chasing people.  I followed one live lizard off the road and watched it climb to the top of a small tree.  It kept turning to position itself on the opposite side of the tree from me; hence I could not get very good pictures/video of it.
The lizard pictured here was the last one I saw on my trip.  I found it around 0800 local time on 06 April 2002 in Kakadu National Park, approximately 25 kilometers south of Jabiru.  It sat still long enough for me to turn around and drive back to it, and get out and take a little video.  When I got too close (about 5 feet away, picture below), it turned and ran off on its hind legs into the brush. Frilled Lizard
The road sign on this page is an advisory to keep bush fires to a minimum!  There were other designs, but this was the only reptile-related one. Bush Fire Sign