Western Netted Dragon


Common Name: Western Netted Dragon
Scientific Name: Ctenophorus reticulatus
Family: Agamidae (Dragons)
Genus: Ctenophorus
Status: Secure – Category 3
Size: SVL 108mm

—— Description ——
22 sub species, small to moderate sized, with a row of enlarged scales curving under each eye. Tympanum exposed (except on C. Maculosus). Dorsal spines largely absent; mainly confined to a nuchal crest and sides of neck. Femoral and preanal pores present. Mature males have varying amounts of black ventral colouration. Extremely swift moving dragons exhibiting a variety of different forms and lifestyles. Robust, with round head, very blunt snout, short limbs and tail, small nuchal crest and a total of 30 – 56 femoral and preanal pores arranged in a straight line along rear edge of thigh. Juv. Is olive grey with dark paravertebral spots alternating with bands of small whitish spots. Female loses pale spots and develops a series of elongate dark grey blotches. Adult male is red with black reticulum; deep red when breeding, with reddish flush on chin and throat.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Arid and semi-arid regions from midwest coast, through central and southern interior of WA to western interior of SA. Favours heavy reddish (often stony) soils supporting Acacia-dominated woodlands or shrublands over sparse low ground cover.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Excavates shallow burrow or depression beneath rocks or logs, and at bases of shrubs. Occasionally encountered beneath exfoliations of granite, on or adjacent to outcrops. See species group.

The following equipment is needed for this reptile:

  • An adequately sized Reptile Vivarium.
  • A suitable heating source, ie: Heat Element, Heat Mat, Heat Cord and Heat Lamp.
  • Adequate lighting, ie: UVA – UVB.
  • Water Bowl.
  • Other optional products are also available to ensure total comfort for your reptile.