Southern Angle-headed Dragon (species: Hypsilurus spinipes) in Tapin Tops NP (Gaia Guide)
Hypsilurus spinipes
Southern Angle-headed Dragon

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Agamidae
Genus Hypsilurus
Species Hypsilurus spinipes



Distinguishing features

The southern angle-headed dragon has a large and continuous nuchal crest with a moderately large vertebral crest. The angular brow is pronounced on both adults and juveniles.

The colour varies from shades of brown, grey and green. Patterns where present consist of various irregular mottling, blotches and variegations. The southern angle-headed dragon is cryptic, slow moving and well camouflaged. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 35 cm (Total length including tail)



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Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to eastern Australian rainforests and rainforest margins from around Gosford in New South Wales to near Gympie in Queensland. It is also present in Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales. (Wikipedia)


The diet includes insects and other arthropods such as spiders and centipedes. (Wikipedia)

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