Frilled Lizard


Frilled Lizard

Place of Birth:

AUSTRALIA: Frilled Lizards live in dry forests and woodland, in the northern and north-western parts of Australia and southern New Guinea.

Eating Habits:

Frilled Lizards are insectivorous, feeding on cicadas, beetles, termites, spiders, and occasionally small lizards. They especially favor butterflies and moths. Frilled lizards employ an ambush method of hunting. When the lizards eat, they eat in abundance; these binge periods usually occur during the wet season, when they ingest hundreds to thousands of alate (flying) ants or termites.

Quick Facts:

Scientific Name Chlamydosaurus kingii
Size The frilled lizard grows to around 45-90 cm in length, about two-thirds of which is tail. Males are bigger than females and have a more robust appearance.
Color Their color can be brown or grey with the frill being lighter and often tinged with orange or reddish-brown. Their color is largely influenced by their environment.
Lifespan 8 to 12 Years
Eco Status Least Concern – While population numbers are secure, burning practices are the greatest threat.


The lizard inhabits humid climates such as those in the tropical savannah woodlands. As an arboreal lizard, it spends the majority of its time in the trees, venturing to the floor only in search of food, or to engage in territorial conflicts. The trees are most importantly used for camouflage.

Animal’s Behaviour

The Frilled Lizard has a large mouth, grayish brown scaly skin, long limbs, and a long tail. The mouth lining and tongue are pink or yellow. The exact color of the skin will vary by region, as the color matches its habitat. The tail is striped with a dark grey tip. Undoubtedly, one of the quirkiest sights in nature is the gangly retreat of an Australian frilled lizard. When this unique creature feels threatened, it rises on its hind legs, opens its yellow-colored mouth, unfurls the colorful, pleated skin flap that encircles its head, and hisses. If an attacker is unintimidated by these antics, the lizard simply turns tail, mouth and frill open, and bolts, legs splaying left and right. It continues its deliberate run without stopping or looking back until it reaches the safety of a tree. Females lay 8 to 23 tiny eggs in an underground nest, and hatchlings emerge fully independent and capable of hunting.