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Grassland earless dragon

grassland earless dragon (Tympanocryptis pinguicolla)
Gravid female curled under rock. Cooma, New South Wales
Photo © Emma Carlson
Tympanocryptis pinguicolla - Mitchell, 1948
Pronunciation  TIM-pan-oh-KRIP-tiss   PING-gwuh-KOHL-ah
Etymology  Tympanocryptis: 'hidden ear'.
Other names  Tympanocryptis lineata pinguicolla 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 5.5 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Known from Canberra and Cooma, NSW. Historically found in Victoria, but the species is now presumed to be extinct in this state.3

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria


Restricted to the "highly fragmented native temperate grasslands of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and nearby New South Wales (NSW)."4

A radio-tracking study found that "burrows excavated by arthropods are an important resource for grassland earless dragons, with individuals having one or two home burrows around which they maintained home ranges of between 925 m2 and 4768 m2. Fidelity to these burrows increased with the onset of winter, indicating their importance as over-winter refuge sites. Within the native grasslands, grassland earless dragons were found to use a broad range of grassland structure as habitat."4

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