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Southern Angle-headed Dragon

Southern Angle-headed Dragon( Lophosaurus spinipes) climbing vertical tree trunk with green leaves and yellow flowers in background
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Scientific Name: Lophosaurus spinipes 

Size: Snout Vent Length 105 mm, Total Length 370 mm

What does it look like?

Large dragon with long tail that is about twice as long as body (Snout Vent Length), large, angular head, enlarged nuchal crest and raised, ‘saw-like’ vertebral crest. The Southern Angle-headed Dragon is Grey to greenish or rich brown above, with numerous raised spinose scales, arranged in transverse rows along body. Dark band from ear to eye and dark bars on jaw. Back and tail have yellow flecks or spots, and belly is whitish to pale brown.

Where is it found?

Wetter forests of south-eastern Qld and north-eastern NSW.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Southern Angle-headed Dragon occurs in rainforests and wet forests, where it is active during the day, feeding mostly on invertebrates that are pounced on from perch in the trees. Although largely arboreal, more commonly seen foraging on the ground in clearings, often freezing and relying on camouflage for protection if disturbed. Oviparous, laying up to 8 soft-shelled eggs in shallow nests, with evidence suggesting communal laying. 

Interesting facts

Also known as: Rainforest Dragon

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles of Australia (2nd Edition) cover

This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of Australia

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