This Centralian Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) came dangerously close to being run over today. After spotting it in the middle of the highway heading north from Pt Augusta, we pulled over to do the right thing and move it off the road. However, before I could turn around and stop in time, a 4WD and caravan rig shot straight over the top of it at full speed... and kept going. Fortunately the lizard remained intact but closer inspection revealed blood inside its mouth, which we thought resulted from it 'lashing out' at the passing car's undercarriage. Despite some sore lips the dragon seemed fine, and I managed to gently pick it up and take it to the side. A quick couple of photos and we encouraged it to head further away from the bitumen, and hopefully find a basking place far from traffic.
How could someone not even attempt to slow down for such a beautiful animal?