Jacky Lizard (species: Amphibolurus muricatus) in Royal NP (Gaia Guide)
Amphibolurus muricatus
Jacky Lizard

©Arthur Chapman: Jacky Lizard (Amphibolurus muricatus)

©David Cook: Jacky Lizard (Amphibolurus muricatus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Agamidae
Genus Amphibolurus
Species Amphibolurus muricatus

Distinguishing features

It is pale grey to dark brown with dark patches along the middle of the back. The dark patches are interrupted by pale blotches that often blend together to form a continuous stripe from above the arm to the groin. A dark brown bar is present between the eye and the ear, but no dark stripe is present between the nostril and the eye as in many other dragons. The lips and lower jaw tend to be of a lighter coloration than the rest of the head.

They are also characterized by a bright yellow lining in their mouths. Some specimens have been seen with orange-red corners of the inside of their mouths.

They are more readily distinguishable by their five crests: a nuchal crest continuous with a vertebral series of enlarged scales; paravertebral series from the nape to the base of the tail, which is separated from the vertebral series by two or three scales; and a dorsolateral series on each side.

The hind legs are covered in large, spinose scales and small, keeled scales. They also have spinose scales on the sides of their necks. The tympanum is medium-sized and fairly conspicuous.

The size of the dragons' heads can be used to differentiate between sexes, with males usually having conspicuously larger heads. �����(Wikipedia)


  • Up to 44 cm (Length of specimen)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Jacky Lizard (Amphibolurus muricatus)

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