The frilled lizard is found in northern Australia, southern New Guinea.
This species of lizard lives in warm temperate dry forests and semi-arid grassy woodlands.
- Frilled lizards can reach a total length of 27-37 inches (70-95 cm)
- Males weigh about two pounds (900 g) while the slightly smaller females weigh about one pound (450 g).
- Their scaly skin is grey-brown in color and the tail is striped with a dark tip.
- The tongue and mouth are pink or yellow.
- The distinctive “frill” located behind the head is yellow to black in color with orange at the base when the frill is opened up. The frill can be up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) across.
What Does It Eat?
In the wild: Insects, spiders, termites and small lizards.
At the zoo: Insectivore diet.
What Eats It?
Feral cats prey on frilled lizards.
Frilled lizards are solitary except during breeding.
Males are territorial and appear to use their impressive frill to attract females. Mating occurs during the wet season from October to March. The female lays eight to 23 eggs per clutch and may produce two clutches during one breeding season. The eggs hatch in about 70 days. The hatchlings are tiny and weigh only onetenth to two-tenths of an ounce (3-5 g). There is no parental care for the hatchlings – they immediately must fend for themselves. Lifespan in the wild is unknown.