Jane Melville and Steve K Wilson

Dragon Lizards of Australia: Evolution, Ecology and a Comprehensive Field Guide


Australian dragons include some of our most iconic and best known lizards – the spectacular frill-necked lizard, the strange and prickly thorny devil, and bearded dragons. More than 100 species of dragons live across Australia; from the high plains of the Tasmanian wilderness, across the vast red sands of the arid interior, to the lush rainforests and monsoonal savannahs of the northern tropics.

Dragons exhibit remarkable variety in colour, shape and behaviour. Adorned with a spectacular array of crests, spines and frills, they use head-bobs, hand-waves, push-ups and even colour changes to communicate – they do it all!

In Dragon Lizards of Australia, Jane Melville and Steve K Wilson shine a spotlight on Australia’s dragons. The authors convey their admiration for these amazing animals and share the extensive knowledge and experience they have gained from working with dragons. This book includes our most recent understanding of the dragons' origins, life history, ecology, distribution and conservation. Each of the species are accompanied by descriptive text, images and a distribution map.

Dragon Lizards of Australia is part of Museums Victoria Publishing field guide series.

  • Author: Jane Melville and Steve K Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781921833496 
  • Publisher: Museums Victoria Publishing
  • Date of Publication: 10th September 2019
  • Number of Pages: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Product Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 19.0