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Frilled lizard

Chlamydosaurus kingii

Frilled lizard

The frilled lizard is an arboreal diurnal lizard. This means it climbs trees and is active during the daylight hours.

When it feels threatened, it rises on its hind legs and opens its yellow coloured mouth, unfurling the
pleated skin flaps that circle its head to make a frill. This frill is about the same size as the lizard. It also runs on its back legs so it is sometimes called the bicycle lizard.

Frilled lizards lay eggs in a nest in the ground. When the young hatch out, they take care of themselves.

Animal class
Reptile

Habitat
Evergreen forests 

Diet - Carnivore
Their main diet is insects, such as crickets, cockroaches, hornworms, silkworms, soldier fly larvae, and small vertebrates such as mice.

Size
The frilled lizard can be 90 centimetres long and weigh 0.5 kilograms.

Location
Frilled lizards are found in Northern Australia.

Conservation status
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) regards that the frilled lizard is not yet in danger of extinction.

Threats
Dry season fires are the main threat of the frilled lizard. Predation by cats and the arrival of the Cane toad in its habitat are other factors.

Current population
The population status of the frilled lizard is unknown.

Zoo population
There are around 300 frilled lizards in zoos around the world.