Tympanocryptis centralis — Centralian Earless Dragon
Some other names for this species:
Central Australian Earless Dragon
These cute little dragons can often be seen standing in the late on their hind legs at the edges of roads, turned towards the sun for maximum warmth. I saw several of them in this position, but they would all dash away into the desert before I could point a camera at them. In my nearest miss, I spotted the lizard while driving past, drove a little further and did a U-turn, then drove back slowly. The lizard was still there. I pulled the car over and got out very slowly and carefully, with my camera in hand. The lizard was still there. But then a car sped by, and the lizard disappeared. Fooey!
- 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