|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, Mount Tennent, south of Canberra.|
A common and very fast-moving small dragon.
|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.
|Frill-necked Lizard, Mareeba Wetlands, northern Queensland.|
Spectacular, but not very often seen by visitors as they tend to be only active in the wet season,
when fewer people visit. In the dry winter they spend time in semi-torpor in trees.
|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.