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NORTHERN TAWNY DRAGON
or Swift Dragon
Ctenophorus modestus
Split from Ctenophorus decresii
Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) from Clare area South Australia
Adult male Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) from Clare area South Australia


Approximate distribution of the Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) RED and the Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) ORANGE
Approximate distribution of the Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) ORANGE and the Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) MAROON

Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus)
Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) from Burra area South Australia:- Note that Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragons in this area have stripes on the throat which do not usually occur on Tawny Dragons (Ctenophorus decresii)




Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) Matt from Melbourne, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) from Clare area South Australia
Adult male Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) from Clare area South Australia

Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) from Clare area South Australia
Adult male Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) from Clare area South Australia

 

Southern Tawny Dragons and Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragons are rock dwelling species. They normally either live in rock crevices or under rocks.
Mature males tend to be much more colorful than females or immature males.


The Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon (Ctenophorus modestus) may also be confused with the following species:-

Common Name

Scientific Name

Distribution

* Southern Tawny Dragon

Ctenophorus decresii

SA (Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island)

* Barrier Range Dragon

Ctenophorus mirrityana (split from C. decresii)

NSW

Peninsula Rock Dragon (includes Arcoona Rock Dragon)

Ctenophorus fionni

SA

Red Barred Dragon

Ctenophorus vadnappa

SA

Painted Dragon

Ctenophorus pictus

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA


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