PAINTED DRAGON Ctenophorus pictus (Peters, 1866)
Found throughout arid parts of the south half of the continent, this species attains 25 cm. The Painted Dragon is swift moving and usually lives in red soil country and sand dunes where it occurs. This species occupies small burrow/s concealed within low vegetation such as saltbush. Males will raise their dorsal crest when alarmed.
By day this insectivorous lizard forages in litter and open ground in proximity to its concealed burrow to which it will retreat if disturbed.
Breeding habits are little known.
The above was from the book Australian Reptiles and Frogs by Raymond Hoser and now available on a fantastic CD-Rom along with a vast amount of other information, papers and the like on reptiles, frogs and other wildlife.