THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA - DRAGONS (AGAMAS)

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PAINTED DRAGON
Ctenophorus pictus

young adult male Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus)
The young adult male Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus) above was photographed at Outer Harbour, near Adelaide, South Australia

Approximate distribution of the Painted Dragon Ctenophorus pictus map
Approximate distribution of the Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus)

Painted Dragon Ctenophorus pictus
The male Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus) above was photographed at Outer Harbour, near Adelaide, South Australia
  
young adult male Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus)
This young adult male Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus) was photographed at Outer Harbour, near Adelaide, South Australia

PAINTED DRAGON - Ctenophorus pictus
Colour and pattern varies greatly on Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus), often dependent on sex, age, geographic locality and the colour of the soil or sand.

PAINTED DRAGON - Ctenophorus pictus
The Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus) above was photographed at the Head of Bight Visitor Centre, where they were very common and easy to approach. Some were eating ants while being photographed. This race from the Nullarbor Plain looks very similar to McKenzie's dragon (Ctenophorus mckenziei)

Painted Dragon Ctenophorus pictu
Painted Dragons (Ctenophorus pictus) prefer sandy or dry areas, they normally live in burrows which are often close to bushes. In some areas they may burrow under rocks. Notice the arrangement of scales under the eye of this female lizard. This species can run extremely fast often making them difficult to photograph, however this individual allowed me to approach extremely close to take this photo!

Painted Dragon Ctenophorus pictu
This is a gravid Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus), and you can see the bulges where the eggs are!
This photo also shows scales on its neck forming a small crest.

Painted Dragons (Ctenophorus pictus) are sometimes confused in South Australia with the Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii)

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