Frilled Lizard

Also known as Frilled Dragon and Frilled-Necked Lizard

Frilled Lizard

The Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) is native to New Guinea and Northern Australia. They can live 10 - 15 Years and grow to 25 - 33 Inches. Their conservation statis is Least Concern (LC).

The Basics for Frilled Lizards

  • Housing
  • 36"W x 18"D x 36"H
  • Lighting
  • UVB
  • Temperature
  • 75 - 100 ° F
  • Humidity
  • 50% - 70%
  • Food
  • Crickets, meal worms, roaches, super-worms

Frilled Lizard Care

Frilled lizards are considered to be a moderate difficulty to care for. They can friendly if you spend quality time with them. Likewise, you don’t spend time with them they’re not so docile.

Raising baby frill-neck lizard can be achieved using a smaller tank or terrarium. Most suggest 28″ in width by 24″ in depth & 24″ in height. Once they’ve matured, using a bit larger terrarium is suggested. 3 feet in width by 1.5 – 2 feet in depth and 3 feet in height. Exo terra’s high glass terrarium is widely liked and they’re easy to find at your local pet stores or online.

Lighting – They do require UVB lighting and mainly eat insects. The UVB lighting is required to help the frilled lizard create calcium which prevents bone deficiencies. Its suggested that they receive 10 to 12 hours of light per day.

Humidity & Temperature – A suggested humidity is between 50% – 70%. Most owners prefer to keep it around 60-65% humidity. Your cage should provide 90 – 100 degrees in the top portion (basking areas) and somewhere between 75 – 80 in the lower areas. They can tolerate the low to high 60s but do your best to not let that happen!


The diet of a frilled lizard largely consists of a variety of insects such as crickets, meal worms, roaches, super-worms and canned reptile food. They will also eat some fruits and vegetables but they’re primarily carnivorous.

It’s also worth noting that these lizards eat quite a bit of food. Smaller frilled lizards often require being fed twice a day while the larger, older frilled lizards can be fed once a day.

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