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From a caveman’s pocket

Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii). Abergowrie State Forest, July 2010.

Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii). Abergowrie State Forest, July 2010. Photo Robert Ashdown.

Frilly Neck Lizard

when the dinosaurs
were wiped from the earth
you crawled inside
a caveman’s pocket
then re-emerged
in my backyard
flaunting the latest look
in post-medieval
protective neck wear

Michelle A. Taylor
If Bees Rode Shiny Bicycles
University of Queensland Press
Michelle A. Taylor at UQP.

Dragon on the edge

What’s this reptile peering warily from behind a eucalypt in a small bush reserve on the outskirts of Brisbane?

Dragon peering

A species of reptile that is very difficult to spot while on foot, as they are adept at moving to the opposite side of a tree to avoid detection by passing humans and other monsters. Photo R. Ashdown.


Frilled-neck Lizard

It’s a Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii), in a reserve on the outskirts of Brisbane. Here seen as spotted from inside a car. While still abundant across the northern parts of its range, Australia’s largest, and most recognisable lizard has all but vanished from its old haunts around Brisbane, mainly due to feral predators and habitat loss. Not to be confused with Bearded Dragons, still seen throughout the suburbs. Photo R. Ashdown.

Steve and Harry – dragon searchers.