Gilbert’s Dragon

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Gilbert’s Dragon, TaTa Lizard, Amphibolurus gilberti

Distinguishing features: One crest, small spines along neck, Two broad pale stripes along each side of body (dorsolateral) from ears to hips, Grey, reddish brown to black in colour, females paler,males steel grey, Darker bars can be present on back, Often seen waiving front leg (ta ta) 1

  • Habitat: Woodlands, river margins, backyards
  • Snout Vent length:13 cm
  • Region: Australia2
  • Distribution: Mid coast WA to QLD, Anningie, 30 miles west of Teatree Well, northern Territory 3
  • Similar species: A.temporalis


  •  Ahl,E. 1926. Neue Eidechsen und Amphibien. Zool. Anz. 67: 186-192
  •  Boulenger, G. A. 1883. Remarks on the lizards of the genus Lophognathus. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (5) 12: 225-226
  •  Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp.
  •  Cogger,H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  •  Ellis, M.; Higgins, D. 1993. The Occureence of Gillbert's Dragon Lophognathus gilberti in the Paroo Drainage Basin, Western New South Wales. In Lunney & Ayers: Herpetology In Australia 1993: 35-36


  1. ^  Dragons
  2. ^  Australia (North Territory, W/C Queensland, N/NW West Australia)
  3. ^  The Reptile Database, Lophognathus gilberti GRAY, 1842

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