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MOUNTAIN (HEATH) DRAGON
Rankinia (was Tympanocryptis) diemensis

MOUNTAIN (HEATH) DRAGON Rankinia (Tympanocryptis) diemensis
The Mountain Dragon above is from the Blue Mountains National Park, NSW.
Note the spines at the base of its tail.


MOUNTAIN (HEATH) DRAGON Rankinia (Tympanocryptis) diemensis
The Mountain Dragon above is from the Blue Mountains National Park, NSW

MOUNTAIN (HEATH) DRAGON Rankinia (Tympanocryptis) diemensis
The Mountain Dragon above is from the Blue Mountains National Park, NSW.
The patterning and rough skin allow this lizard to blend into its surroundings


MOUNTAIN (HEATH) DRAGON Rankinia (Tympanocryptis) diemensis
The Mountain Dragon above is from the Blue Mountains National Park, NSW.
These lizards are usually found in rocky areas.

MOUNTAIN (HEATH) DRAGON Rankinia (Tympanocryptis) diemensis   
The above specimen is from Kanangra, Boyd National Park.

A common species occurring from around Tamworth, (Eastern NSW) in the North, down through the ranges to Victoria and then across Victoria to The Grampians in the West. Also found over most of Tasmania except for some South-western coastal areas.

Often confused with the Jacky Dragon Amphibolurus muricatus which may have a similar pattern, and often occurs in the same areas, but grows larger, is more arboreal, and lacks the enlarged spines on the side of the base of its tail.

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