We would like to welcome and introduce you to our latest arrival to the zoo, Boydii the boyds forest dragon, found in the rainforests of north eastern Queensland.
The Boyds forest dragon is an arboreal lizard which spends most of its time in trees and due to its camouflage it is often very hard to see and thus tends to go unnoticed. The male is larger than the female and can be distinguished by its larger head. Both sexes have a large yellow dewlap below their chins which they can erect using a bone called the hyoid. The dewlap is used for displaying to each other and to scare off predators.
Boyd's tend to adjust their body temperature to suit the ambient temperature of their surroundings, in other words they don't really thermoregulate by basking but merely adopt the surrounding air temperature. They don't cope with extended periods of high temperatures of 35C or more. They also require high humidity in their environment so regular spraying of the enclosure is essential, we spray ours at least 3-4 times during the summer and twice in the cooler months. Like many dragons they don't recognise a bowl of standing water very well so the point of spraying the enclosure is to also allow the dragons to drink the drips from the leaves. They are not particularly fussy eaters eagerly consuming the standard insect items such as crickets, cockroaches and mealworms and they like rough, vertical branches to sit on.
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