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Tropical & Subtropical Savanna Woodlands

Order Squamata: Lizards and Snakes 

Family Agamidae: 'Dragons'

Ctenophorus spp.

The largest group of dragons in Australia, most associated with arid areas.

'Slater's Ring-tailed Dragon' (image by Damon Ramsey)(Telstra Hill, Mt.Isa, Queensland)

Ctenophorus slateri, 'Slater's Ring-tailed Dragon'.

(Millstream, Western Australia)

Ctenophorus caudicinctus, 'Western Ring-tail Dragon'. Found in arid shrublands and sub-tropical woodlands of central west of Australia, mostly around Pilbara region.

Lophognathus spp. 'Ta-Ta Lizards'

Recently some of the species in this genus have been moved around; currently there are two species. They are one of several Australian dragons known as 'Ta-Ta' Lizards because of they way they signal with their forearm, lifting it up as a sign to other dragons.

(George Brown Botanical Gardens, Darwin, NT)

Lophognathus gilberti, 'Gilberts Ta-Ta Lizard'. This is the common species of 'Ta-Ta' Lizard around the suburbs of Darwin.

'Horner's Ta-Ta Lizard' (image by Damon Ramsey)(Lake Mooroondah, Mt.Isa, Queensland)

Lophognathus horneri, 'Horner's Ta-Ta Lizard'. This species can be distinguished from the former by the white spot in the tympanum.

For a lecture on the reptiles of the tropical Australian woodlands 

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Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly as Expedition Leader in the Kimberley (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.