Added 15 July 2022.

A look at the Family Agamidae


Long-Snouted Lashtail, Long-Snouted Water Dragon


For some time this species was considered part of the Amphibolurus or Lophognathus genus, before reclassified in 2018.

Melville et al characterise the genus as follows: monotypic genus consisting of a large agamid lizard in the subfamily Amphibolurinae with exposed tympanum, gular scales smooth to weakly keeled, ventral scales smooth to weakly keeled. Long-limbed, very long tail, long snout and distinct nuchal crest. Head narrow and shallow in depth compared with length of snout. Dorsal scales uniform, with keels converging posteriorly toward midline. Prominent pale dorsolateral stripes and pale stripe along lower jaw. One to three small white spots on a black background positioned directly posterior to the ear. Preanal pores 4–7; femoral pores range 11–22.

As with most Australian dragons, this species is unlikely to be seen outside Australia. However, Manthey and Schuster list it under Amphibolurus and offer care instructions for it.

Species Name

Common Name





G. longirostris

Long-Snouted Lashtail, Long-Snouted Water Dragon

Australia (C/S Northern Territory, WC Queensland, N South Australia,Western Australia)

SVL 9 cm, TL approx 31.5 cm [Cogger]

Semi-arboreal species associated with the arid western interior of Australia, where it is found in a range of habitats but particularly inland arid watercourses, gorges and dry river beds. Manthey and Schuster (listing this as an Amphibolurus species) state that it is most frequently found in deep gorges with flowing water or ponds, or else living far fro water on steep red cliffs. Swan and Wilson state that coastal populations inhabit mangroves. As a colour variation, some individuals may be a pale grey and lack the broad dorsolateral stripes, having a few rust-brown markings between the shoulders. These variants still retain the white spot or spots on a black background behind the ear. Reproduction (from Manthey and Schuster): 3-6 eggs laid after fairly long periods of rainfall. [SOURCES: Manthey and Schuster, Melville et al].