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There are 11 genera and about 70 species of dragons (Agamidae) in Australia.

Knowing the habitat and distribution may also be helpful in the field. Bearded Dragons are widespread in lower lying country. Eastern Water Dragons are never far from a rocky-watery habitat. Grassland Earless Dragons are confined in native grasslands. Jacky Dragons are widespread. Mountain and Nobbi Dragons are habitat specialist. The former is found in very high altitudes and the later seems to prefer rocky escarpment areas along major rivers.

Subtle differences in back markings, colour, size, spines along tail, mouth colour, habitat and behaviour help to distinguish Jacky, Nobbi and Mountain Dragons from each other. Different authors point to subtle differences in back markings to distinguish species, but this is difficult diagnostic characteristic. Each species is grey in colour but the Mountain Dragon is a little more brownish. In the breeding season the male Mountain Dragon develops a distinctive reddish hue. The Mountain Dragon has distinctive spikes along the edge of its tail; the Jacky and Nobbi do not. Mountain Dragons burrow and partially bury themselves, possibly to regulate temperature; the Nobbi and Jacky do not. The Mountain Dragon is less likely to climb onto rocks in open areas, it tends to remain in leaf litter and rarely breaks from cover. The Jacky is known to climb shrubs and trees. The Jacky has a bright yellow tongue and mouth which it appears to use to frighten off predators and to assert dominance; the Mountain Dragon has a yellow tongue and blue mouth and the Nobbi has a pink tongue and mouth.

Young Bearded Dragons also look like Jacky, Mountain and Nobbi Dragons but may be distingushed by the presence of lateral (side) spines which are absent from from the other three species. 

Dragons - 5 species

Dragon Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Dragon)

Amphibolurus muricatus
Amphibolurus muricatus
Amphibolurus muricatus
Amphibolurus muricatus
Amphibolurus muricatus
Amphibolurus muricatus

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Dragon Diporiphora nobbi (Nobbi Dragon)

Diporiphora nobbi
Diporiphora nobbi
Diporiphora nobbi
Diporiphora nobbi
Diporiphora nobbi
Diporiphora nobbi

Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii (Eastern Water Dragon)

Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii Eastern Water Dragon, Sydney Basin specimen
Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii Note dark temporal stripe, pale unmarked throat and red chest, Sydney Basin specimen
Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii
Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii

Dragon Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon)

Pogona barbata
Pogona barbata
Pogona barbata
Pogona barbata
Pogona barbata
Pogona barbata

Dragon Rankinia diemensis (Mountain Dragon)

Rankinia diemensis
Rankinia diemensis
Rankinia diemensis
Rankinia diemensis
Rankinia diemensis
Rankinia diemensis

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