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SOUTHERN TAWNY DRAGON
Ctenophorus decresii

Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) photographed at Waterfall Gully
Mature males tend to be much more colorful than females or immature males.
This male Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) was photographed at Waterfall Gully near Adelaide, South Australia

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

Southern Tawny Dragons (Ctenophorus decresii) and Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragons (Ctenophorus modestus) which were previously considered to be Ctenophorus decresii are rock dwelling species. They normally either live in rock crevices or under rocks.

TAWNY DRAGON Ctenophorus decresii 
This Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia


This Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from the Cherry Gardens area near Adelaide, South Australia
This Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from the Cherry Gardens area near Adelaide, South Australia

This sub-adult Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Cherry Gardens in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia
This sub-adult Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Cherry Gardens in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia


This juvenile Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Cherry Gardens in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia
This juvenile Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Cherry Gardens in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia

This baby Southern Tawny Dragon <em>(Ctenophorus decresii)</em> is from Anstey Hill in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia
This baby Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Anstey Hill in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia



This juvenile Southern Tawny Dragon <em>(Ctenophorus decresii)</em> is from Anstey Hill in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia
This juvenile Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Anstey Hill in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia



This juvenile Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Anstey Hill in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia
This juvenile Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Anstey Hill in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia



This juvenile Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Anstey Hill in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia
This juvenile Southern Tawny Dragon (Ctenophorus decresii) is from Anstey Hill in the Mt. Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia




Southern Tawny Dragons (Ctenophorus decresii) may also be confused with the following species:-

Common Name

Scientific Name

Distribution

* Northern Tawny Dragon or Swift Dragon

Ctenophorus modestus (split from C. decresii)

SA (Flinders Ranges)

* 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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