Armadillo girdled lizard (Cordylus cataphractus) | This heavily armoured reptile is named after the armadillo for its ability to roll itself into an almost impregnable ball when threatened. In this position, the spiny scales covering the neck, body and tail are presented to any potential predator, protecting the soft belly.
The frilled lizard can be found in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Known for its defensive posture, the frilled lizard stands on its hind legs with its mouth agape, its head framed by a huge scaly membrane, or frill, around its neck. The frilled lizard spends most of its time in trees preying on insects and small mammals