The Frill-necked Lizard (Chlamydosaurus
kingii) is native to Australia and New Guinea.
These lizards are also known as Frilled Lizards
and Frilled Dragons. They get their name from
the skin frill around their necks. This is normally
folded down on their necks, but is flared out when frightened
When the Frill-necked Lizard is fully
grown, they can reach lengths up to 1 metre including
the tail. The male Frill-necked Lizards are generally
larger than their female companions. Both males and
females use the neck frill when frightened, and as a
defensive measure. If the frill does not frighten their
predator, they begin to run away on all four limbs,
and then accelerate and begin to run on their hind legs.
Australians have given the Frill-necked Lizard
the nickname of 'bicycle lizard' due to this behaviour.
They will run to a tree, climb, and use camouflage to
The Frill-necked Lizard generally
sticks to savanna woodland areas, but has also been
spotted in tropical and temperate forests. They are
a semi-arboreal lizard species, hunting for arthropods
in the trees, while coming down to the ground for ants,
termites and small vertebrates.
Also see our Frill-necked
Lizard Care Sheet for captive care information.
Take a look at these Frilled
Dragon Pictures over in the Gallery.
Watch this Frilled
Dragon Video showcasing the defensive and
evasive maneuvers it uses.
Frill-necked Lizard Classification
|- Kingdom: Animalia
| - Division: Chordata
| - Class: Sauropsida
| - Order: Squamata
| - Suborder: Iguania
| - Family: Agamidae
| - Subfamily:
| - Genus:
Species: Chlamydosaurus kingii