Lophosaurus boydii — Boyd’s Forest Dragon
This species was formerly placed in the genus Hypsilurus.
These striking lizards are poster boys for the Queensland wet tropics. I mean that literally; we saw many rainforest posters featuring everyone's favorite forest dragon. They live only in the remaining patches of tropical rainforest in northeast Queensland, where they spend most of their time motionless, perched vertically on small trunks or saplings, waiting for a tasty bug to wander by. When big scary people wander by instead, they slowly rotate to the far side of their chosen perch.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Australia.
I found this tiny Boyd's dragon clinging to a twig at night when I was out frogging.
I was very much hoping to see just one of these marvelous lizards while we were in Queensland's tropical rainforest, because I had heard that they are hard to find and rarely seen. I ended up seeing eight of them in a few days, so I guess they aren't *that* hard to find.
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Wilson, S. K., Knowles, D. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia