A rescued frilled dragon, one of a pair rescued by Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium has laid eggs for the first time. Seven eggs, which each measure approximately 2cm in length, have been placed in a special reptile incubator and are expected to hatch out in the coming months.
The bizarre-looking lizard, which inspired one of the most famous scenes in the film ‘Jurassic Park’, gets its name from its large neck frills. When the lizard feels threatened, it produces a startling display - gaping its mouth, exposing a bright pink or yellow lining, spreading out its frill, displaying bright orange and red scales and raising itself up on to two legs.
Frilled lizards are a relatively large member of the agamid family, growing up to 85cm long. In addition to its frill, which is also used for territorial displays and during courtship as well as to discourage predators, they are able to run on two legs.
The frilled lizard is found mainly in the northern regions of Australia and southern New Guinea. The lizard is also, on rare occasions, found in the lower desert regions of Australia. The species' main threats are eagles, owls, larger lizards, snakes, dingoes andquolls - a type of carnivorous marsupial.