Earless dragon

Tympanocryptis cephalus

SUBFAMILY

Agaminae

TAXONOMY

Tympanocryptis cephalus Gunther, 1867, Nickol Bay, Western Australia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The earless dragon is a small, roundish lizard that mimics rocks. It may be gray or reddish. There is no external ear opening. Its head is rounded and bulbous, and its tail usually is obscurely banded.

DISTRIBUTION

The species is distributed in rocky, arid regions of the central portion of Western Australia and across the southern Northern Territory, with isolated populations in western Queensland.

HABITAT

Earless dragons are found in rocky habitats, such as the Gibber Desert.

BEHAVIOR

This lizard mimics rocks, relying on camouflage to escape detection.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

The species is an insectivorous sit-and-wait ambush predator.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nothing is known about its reproductive habits.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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