Amphibolurus norrisi — Mallee Tree Dragon
Some other names for this species:
Norris’s Dragon, Mallee Heath Lashtail, Mallee Heath Lashtail Dragon
I had my eyes out for this arboreal dragon while hiking in this area, but only managed to find this one youngster being decidedly non-arboreal. After I got this in situ photo, the lizard hopped off of its perch and tried to escape in the brush. It moved remarkably slowly, and I easily caught it to try to get it to pose for a less obstructed photo. But when I started fiddling with my camera, it ran toward me, then up my leg and my back until I felt it on my neck. And then I lost it. I was standing in the middle of the trail at this point and should have been able to see it try to escape on the ground, but I didn't. I assumed it must still be on my clothing and even took off my shirt to check the folds, but I never saw another sign of it.
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Wilson, S. and Swan, G. 2017. A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia, Fifth Edition