Frilled Lizard

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Found in Oueensland and other parts of Australia, this lizard belongs to the family Agamidae. It reaches a length of about thirty-two inches, and receives its name from the presence of a large expansion of skin at either side of the neck. This frill is notched at the edge, has special supporting cartilages, and by means of muscles can be folded or expanded at will. The lizard walks upon its hind limbs, like the extinct Iguanodon, having the fore limbs hanging down. When at bay, it expands the frill to its fullest extent and opens the mouth wide, exposing its teeth. It inhabits sandy districts.


John H. Finley ed. Nelson's Perpetual Loose-Leaf Encyclopaedia (vol. 5) (New York, NY: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1917)


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