Photograph by Deby Fredericks
Another type of lizard that's been styled as a "dragon" are the Sungazers of South Africa. The largest species is Smaug giganteus, named after Tolkein's famous dragon from The Hobbit. These grow between 7 and 8 inches in length, so they aren't terribly big compared to other lizards, especially in the Monitor family, but their spiny-all-over bodies give them a distinct, dragon-like appearance.
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