|This Central Bearded Dragon Pogona vitticeps, Windorah, South-west Queensland,|
was too cold to run away - the usual defence of dragons - allowing a good view of its spiky scales.
|Diporhiphora magna (no common name that I know of), Litchfield NP, south-west of Darwin.|
The long whippy dragon tail is very pronounced in this species.
|Southern Angle-headed Dragon Hypsilurus spinipes laying eggs in a rainforest track, Lamington NP, Queensland.|
I've only been lucky enough to see this event once, and a long time ago, hence the indifferent picture
- a scan of a faded old slide.
|Crested Dragon or Bicycle Lizard Ctenophorus cristatus, west of Norseman, Western Australia.|
Note the very long powerful hindlegs for running upright.
|Painted Dragon Ctenophorus pictus, Cape Bauer, South Australia.|
The handsome blue flush will spread to his face when breeding starts.
|Blue-headed Tree Agama Acanthocerus atricollis, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.|
Breeding male above, and female (or possibly non-breeding male) below.
|Agamas in open-air restaurant, Waza NP, northern Cameroon.|
|Gilbert's Dragon or Ta Ta Lizard Amphibolurus gilberti, Bladensburg NP, Queensland.|
The curious alternative common name comes from its habit of 'waving' to rivals, as this one is doing,
to indicate that it is in its territory and aware of neighbours.
|Bearded Dragon, Temora, New South Wales.|
They can adjust the melanin-bearing cells in the skin to turn almost black to absorb extra sunshine.
|Ring-tailed Dragon Ctenophorus caudicinctus, East MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory.|
|Jacky Lizard Amphobolurus muricatus, Pretty Beach, New South Wales,|
in typical position.
|Gilbert's Dragon Lophognathus gilberti, Darwin.|
|Dwarf Bearded Dragon Pogona minor, Lesueur NP, Western Australia.|
|Tommy Roundhead Diporiphora australis, Mareeba, Queenland, on termite mound.|
It is often said that Australia's great lizard diversity is founded on the abundance of termites in arid lands.
|Spotted Military Dragon Ctenophorus maculatus, Lake Logue NR, Western Australia.|
|Lined Earless Dragon Tympanocryptis lineata, Bladensburg NP, Queensland.|
These heat-lovers can be remarkably well-camouflaged against coloured desert stones.
|Thorny Devil Moloch horridus, Desert Park, Alice Springs.|
Surely one of the most extraordinary of all dragons; despite appearances, a slow,
harmless ant specialist. More information about this fascinating animal here.