Neonate Frilly

24921093737_18d5d89675_k.jpg

My first hatchling frilly who could rest on my index finger (SVL 5.3cm). It didn’t appear to have residual yolk reserves left, so the frilly was likely a week or two old. When I spotted the dragon in my peripherals I initially thought it was a strange gecko because of the ringed tail, but I was delighted to see it was my first baby frilly. The tail was arched against the branch, and the frilly undulated its tail in a worm-like manner each time I stepped too close. This could be an antipredator adaptation – the tail might be used as a lure to entice predators to go for the tail instead of the head. However, frilly tails do not detach easily, and I’m not sure if this behavior has been observed before in the wild. Once I find more hatchlings I will be able to confirm if this is the case.

Photographed in situ [1]

24921062557_45ce05eb11_k.jpg
39081285864_09ae0c0213_k.jpg
24921037517_1fd9268f0a_k.jpg
39081295944_4092ed7b77_k.jpg

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
close-alt close collapse comment ellipsis expand gallery heart lock menu next pinned previous reply search share star