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Eastern Water Dragon

Physignathus lesueurii

Eastern Water Dragon Distribution Lizard in Water Lizard in Water
Image: 688×560 45KB
Date & Time: 12 January 2009 19:25
Place: Youngs Creek Picnic Area (near Orbost)


Water Dragon on Log Water Dragon on Log
Image: 640×432 56KB
Date & Time: 14 January 2009 09:00
Place: Drummer Rainforest Walk (near Cann River)


Gippsland Water Dragon Gippsland Water Dragon
Image: 560×400 95KB
Date & Time: 30 January 2008 16:15
Place: Errinundra forest


There are two recognized subspecies: The Eastern Water Dragon, Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii, (found from about Sydney and north through Queensland) and the Gippsland Water Dragon, Physignathus lesueurii howittii (found south through the ACT into eastern Victoria), as shown on the distribution map).

They are reasonably large lizards (males grow to almost one metre long, females about two-thirds of that) with long, powerful limbs (for swimming and climbing) and a long tail (taking about two-thirds of the entire length of the reptile).

I've observed them occasionally near creeks in forests of east Gippsland. Most of the time however I just hear them drop in the water to escape, after which they can stay submerged for several minutes.

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