This Jacky Lizard sometimes called a Tree Dragon , Amphilbolurus muricatus, was found digging her burrow in our Ruffy backyard . She looks very fat and is getting ready to deposit her eggs , which may number up to eight , in the burrow or depression she has excavated .
These lizards were widespread across the Southern Highlands , they inhabit dry sclerophyll forests and woodlands. They are often seen sunning themselves on a tree stump , log or rock. They are semi-arboreal and when disturbed retreat to the sanctuary of the tree tops , climbing with the aid of strongly clawed digits. Once in the tree they are difficult to detect because of their body patterns and colouring which blends well with the colour of bark .