General Description

Body colour and patterns extremely variable: grey or brown to orange with spots and sometimes a dark stripe along the back from the head to the start of the tail. Males can be very brightly marked, including a blue throat, blue colour washed through the flanks and down the middle of the back and sometimes also bright yellow or orange on the top of the head and neck. Females are duller colours than the males. Up to 7 cm long (snout-vent).


Painted Dragons feed in open areas, returning to their burrows at the base of bushes. Their beautiful colourations make them popular as pets.


Central mainland Australia.


Dry sandy regions with grasses and shrublands.

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