Longsnouted dragon

Lophognathus longirostris

SUBFAMILY

Agaminae

TAXONOMY

Lophognathus longirostris Boulenger, 1883, Champion Bay, Western Australia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES English: Long-snouted lashtail.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

This species is a medium-size grayish lizard with a long snout and a very long tail, up to three times its snout-vent length, which is used as a counterbalance in climbing. It has whitish stripes along the side.

DISTRIBUTION

The species occurs in central arid regions of Australia. HABITAT

This lizard inhabits open savanna woodlands, riparian habitats, and red sandy deserts, usually associated with sand ridges in desert habitats.

BEHAVIOR

These uncommon, large, agile, and fast agamids are never found very far from trees. They can attain speeds of 15 mph (24 km/h) running bipedally on their hind legs.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

The species eats wasps, beetles, grasshoppers, mantids, hemipterans, and various insect larvae. Occasionally, they also eat some plant food.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Seven clutches averaged 3.9 eggs. Little else is known about reproduction in this species.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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