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Gilberts Dragon, waving leg
Gilbert's Dragon, waving leg
Kupungarri, Kimberleys, Western Australia
Commonly known as Ta-Ta lizard because after every short dash it waves a front leg in a circular manner just as if waving goodbye. The purpose of legwaving is unclear, perhaps communicating with conspecifics or as a distraction display. It is abundant across north-west Australia. It eats invertebrates such as ants grasshoppers and dragonflies. Males but not females are territorial defending a daily activity area.
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