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Subfamily- Agaminate - Agamids |
Scientific name-Chlamydosaurus Kingii
Range- "Kimberley Region" Western Australian and across Northern Australia. Southern New Guinea.
Diet- Mostly insects, small mammals, occasional fruit or veggie but mainly sticks to insects.
Life Span-15+ years in captivity.
* The Australian Frilled Lizard usually keeps its ruff down on its neck except when threatened or during courtship.
* This lizard usually runs on its hind legs hence the name Bicycle Lizard.
* The likeness of the lizard is on Austrailia's two cent coin.
* Footprints left by their back feet, show their three middle toes.
* Their teeth are fixed to the surface of their jaw like human teeth.
Some more well know pets are Bearded Dragons, Water Dragons, Flying Dragons and the list goes on.
Paleontologists have discovered Chisel teeth in an 80 million year old Mongolian lizard fossil.
Fauna is all of the animal life of any particular region or time. The corresponding term for plants is flora.
Zoologists and paleontologists use fauna to refer to a typical collection of animals found in a specific time or place, e.g. the "Sonoran Desert fauna" or the "Burgess shale fauna".
Paleontologists sometimes refer to a sequence of faunal stages, which is a series of rocks all containing similar fossils.
The name comes from Fauna, a Roman fertility and earth goddess, the Roman god Faunus, and the related forest spirits called Fauns. All three words are cognates of the name of the Greek god Pan, and panis is the Greek equivalent of fauna. Fauna is also the word for a book that catalogues the animals in such a manner. The term was first used by Linnaeus in the title of his 1747 work Fauna Suecica.
In 1966, the frilled lizard experienced widespread fame in Japan and was, for a short time, a prominent symbol of Australia. It was featured on the Australian two cent coin which has now gone out of circulation as of 1992.
The coins were then melted down to make bronze medals for the 2000 Summer Olympics
The Mascot for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games was Lizzie, the frill-necked lizard. She was chosen to carry the Paralympic messages of performance, power and pride to both Australian and international audiences. Her strength, determined will and attitude symbolize all Paralympians. Lizzie's frill is shaped as the map of Australia with its green and gold colors, while her body is the red ochre color of the land.
Issued in September, 1998, this coin is the sixth in a 16 Coin Sydney 2000 Silver Proof Collection produced jointly by the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra and the Perth Mint.
Discover Australia is a magnificent collector coin program from the historic Perth Mint. Scheduled for release between 2006 and 2008.