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The frilled-neck lizard is found mainly in the northern regions of Australia and southern New Guinea.

They can be a long as 85 centimetres.

Frilled-neck lizards live in forests. It is an arboreal lizard, which means it spends most of its time in the trees. The trees are a safe place because the trees provide camouflage to hide the lizard. The lizards brown, gray and patchy coloured  skin is hard to see against the bark of trees.

The frilled lizard comes onto the ground to search of food, or to fight other frilled lizards that come into its territory.

They eat insects, especially butterflies and moths, beetles and small mice. Other small lizards are also hunted and eaten.

 

When it is frightened the frilled lizard spreads its frill, raised its body, and opens its mouth...wide! ©iStock

When it is frightened the frilled lizard spreads its frill, raised its body, and opens its mouth...wide! ©iStock

The frill of skin usually lies folded behind the head. ©iStock

The frill of skin usually lies folded behind the head. ©iStock

Watch a video of a frill-neck lizard on the attack!