Nobbi Dragon
S2: Female, with Shadows
Ellura
Nobbi Dragon
S7: Male, Breeding Colours
 
    
Nobbi Dragon (Diporiphora nobbi)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Dragon (Agamidae)
Species: Nobbi Dragon (Diporiphora nobbi)
This Photo:     S2: Female, Flash Fill
Synonym: Amphibolurus nobbi
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:
When you have a patient subject, like this chap, you have an opportunity to maximise the quality of the photo.
We took a photo (the previous one labelled "With Shadows") and realised the amount of shadows and wanted to improve the quality.
I asked Marie to stand in the sun light to create a complete shadow (ie uniform lighting), and then used the flash. We were ecstatic. The result here was outstanding.
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.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Nov-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)