S3: Juvenile, back
S1: Adult, Head
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)|
|Order:||Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)|
|Species:||Nobbi Dragon (Diporiphora nobbi)|
|This Photo:||S3: Juvenile, with Tick|
|Other names:||Nobbi Lashtail or Nobbi Lizard|
Ref: "A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia", 2nd Ed. Wilson & Swan. Page 322.
EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
We wanted to remove the tick, but are always concerned about interfering. The tick is a native too and deserves to survive just as much as the Nobbi.
Talking with our friends at Entwood, Wayne told us that there is evidence the females will use the number of ticks on a male to determine it's health. She may then refuse to mate with one that has too many ticks. A form of natural selection which is very important and we mustn't interfere with that.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
Grey, sometimes with a pale brown star pattern around the eye. This varies with the angle of light.
2 silver grey stripes down the back, which can be sold or with diamond breaks or non-existant.
Large rear legs (almost frog like) with very long toes.
Jacky Lizards (Amphibolurus muricatus) are hard to tell from Nobbi Lizards, but we don't get Jacky's in our area.
We've just discovered a species we do get in the area that is *very* similar, a Mallee Tree Dragon (Amphibolurus norrisi); these have yellow mouths but don't have coloured males. As such, we can be sure our males in breeding colours are D. nobbi; but not so sure if the others are D. nobbi or A. norrisi.
The SA Museum's "Key to the Dragons of South Australia" talks about Nobbi's having 3 or 5 "keel" lines. You can see them clearly in the photo's of the gravid females shown here; they are 5 lines of scales with longitudinal vertical projections.
We recognise the gravid females by the bulging abdomen just forward of the rear legs.
Males in breeding colours have yellow around the eye, 2 yellow dorsal stripes, a pinkish tail and red under-abdomen.