The Long-nose Dragon (G. longirostris), sometimes spelt Long-nosed Dragon, is a species of lizard that has been reclassified a number of times as further studies revise its relationship among Australian agamid lizards. Previously known as Lophognathus, Physignathus, Gemmatophora and Amphibolurus, it is now assigned to the genus Gowidon.

It is found in a broad sweep through Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and into the Central Australia region.

A long-limbed reptile, with a long snout, one of its key features is the long tail, up to 3 times the length of the body. They vary in colour from greys to reddish brown, a prominent pale dorsolateral stripe, and a pale stripe along the lower jaw.

Considered an arboreal lizard, seen on branches, trunks of trees, and are often seen on rocks, in gorges, eucalypt-lined watercourses, and sunning themselves on quiet paved areas around towns.

Long-nosed Dragon (Gowidon longirostris)
Long-nosed Dragon (Gowidon longirostris)

Common Name
Formerly Amphibolurus longirostris , but now reclassified as Gowidon longirostris. The common name includes Long Nose Dragon, Long-nose Dragon, Long-nosed Dragon, Long-nosed Water Dragon, Australian Water Dragon, Long-snouted Lashtail. A fun characteristic is how they sometimes will run on their back legs, especially when disturbed. They are also known to give an apparent wave, hence their other common name of Long-nosed Ta-ta Dragon, or Ta ta Dragon (for short).

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Iguania
  • Family: Agamidae
  • Genus: Gowidon
  • Species: G. longirostris
  • Binomial name: Gowidon longirostris