The Jacky Dragon (Amphibolurus
muricatus) is a medium sized lizard that is native
to the Southeastern parts of Australia. In a country
full of reptiles, the Jacky Dragon was one of the first
reptiles to be named in Australia, and was done so by
George Shaw in "Surgeon-General White’s Journal
of a Voyage to New South Wales" (1790).
Other common names for the Jacky Dragon
are Tree Dragon, Bloodsucker, and Stonewalker. Whatever
people may call it, this lizard species is well-known
for it's vertebral crest and bright yellow mouth. Jacky
Dragon's are diurnal
and can be seen using only their rear legs when running
away from predators. This ability is due to their highly
developed rear limbs. Other common morphological
characteristics include their wide, fleshy tongues,
rough scales and their lack of tail autotomy.
Lizards of the family Agamidae, like
the Jacky Dragon, also are oviparous,
and dig burrows to lay their eggs.
Jacky Dragons tend to be a pale grey to brown in color,
and most have darker colored patches along the length
of their back. They also sport a dark stripe between
their eye and their ear. As mentioned, they also have
bright yellow lining in their mouth. These lizards tend
to grow to lengths of about 9 inches with their tail.
The tail itself is about twice as long as their bodies.
Jacky Dragons normally weigh about
Jacky Dragon Classification
|- Kingdom: Animalia
| - Phylum: Chordata
| - Class: Reptilia
| - Order: Squamata
| - Family: Agamidae
| - Genus: Amphibolurus
| - Species: Amphibolurus