As I was mango pruning (with Honey, the dog in my last post) a colleague noticed what we assumed was a Frilled- Necked Lizard in a tree. It wasn’t until we went up to it and gave it a little nudge that we saw it do this with its neck, helping us to narrow down the species.

We didn’t leave it be in the tree as we had to cut down the ‘dead shit’ as our farmer calls it, dead leaves and whole branches stopping the spread of disease to the healthy branches. One of the local farmers picked it up by its tail and moved it onto the ground, but not until I managed to get a good shot of it first. It was much safer for it than to be in the tree whilst we throw a great big saw around.

Isn’t the world amazing? It reminds me of this scene in Jurassic Park, involving Nedry and a curious yet aggressive Dilophosaurus.

Have you seen a frilled-necked lizard before? Would you be mesmerised or terrified if you stumbled across one?

Thankfully, I got to see an animal up close that resembles a Jurassic beast, small enough to let me live to tell the tale.

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    1. That’s cool! I would love to have one, although it would take me a while to get use to their defense strategy!

    1. Thanks Gabe, I was both too! But being around farmers that had experience with these guys made me feel a lot more comfortable.

    1. Although it does look like one, it isn’t. It is when the farmer was carrying him away from the tree when I quickly managed a shot. I wish it had a prehensile tail!

    1. I am glad I am not the only one to be reminded of the scene. Thankfully this is a more friendly encounter!

    1. At least you managed to see them πŸ™‚ This was the first one I have seen, maybe the only one. If I see any other amazing creatures I will be sure to upload!

  1. They’re amazing looking creatures. I had an encounter with a little injured possum this week, poor thing.

    1. πŸ™ I hope it recovered. I see plenty of possums here, the first lizard of this kind though. I will keep looking for other creatures along my journey!

      1. Unfortunately it didn’t. Massive internal organ damage was too much for the little fella πŸ˜”

  2. I confess, having seen the Jurassic Park movies, I think I would scream and run first. If it didn’t give chase, I would slowly come back and check it out. I am enjoying reading about your new adventures. -Jill

    1. Thanks Jill! You will be pleased to hear although it looks pretty scary, they don’t possess the terrifying roar that the dinosaur did in the movie. Maybe that would help you to approach it πŸ™‚

    1. Haha, I now blame Jurassic Park for the fear of these creatures! If I wasn’t around farmers, I would have probably ran a mile admittedly :p

      1. Have your travels brought you to the Kimberley region in Western Australia? Harsh but fantastic place and Kununurra is mango country too!

      2. Not Western Australia just yet! But thanks for the recommendations for when I do visit πŸ™‚

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