Of Tasmania's 17 lizard species this is the only one which is not a skink. It belongs to the family Agamidae and it has the most southerly distribution of all the lizards in this family.
You can get quite close to a Mountain Dragon if you move slowly. If they run they will only go a short distance and then stop again, hoping that you can't see them. It works too as sometimes you can't see them because they blend in so well among leaves and sticks.
They are found in the north and east of Tasmania, in dry forest and heathland as these areas are more open to the sun. Their diet consists of ants and other small invertebrates. They can grow to around 20cm (about 8") including their tail.
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