Ctenophorus cristatus Crested Bicycle-dragon
Some other names for this species:
Crested Dragon
Eyre Highway, near Lake Gilles, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 25, 2015
Crested Bicycle-dragon (Ctenophorus cristatus)
I had been told by my friend David Fischer that Lake Gilles Conservation Park was a good spot to find this attractive dragon. As I was nearing the turnoff for the park, what should I spot in the road but this fine lizard. I got a few photos before it raced off, then I continued and visited the park itself for a couple of hours, where I saw no further Crested Dragons.
Scrubby Peak, Gawler Ranges National Park, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 26, 2015
Crested Bicycle-dragon (Ctenophorus cristatus) Crested Bicycle-dragon (Ctenophorus cristatus)
This is one of several Ctenophorus species that are called "Bicycle-dragons" due to their habit of racing away on their hind legs ("like little dinosaurs", everyone always says about bipedal locomotion in lizards). You can see how big and strong those back legs are.
Middleback Road, near Nilginee, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 29, 2015
Crested Bicycle-dragon (Ctenophorus cristatus)
This species is basically a ground-dweller, though they will sometimes perch on rocks or stumps. I saw this one at the side of a dirt road upon which I was driving slowly to look for thorny devils.
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