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Eastern Water Dragon

Life in oceans, rivers and seas

"Australia has an extraordinary and wonderful array of reptile species, there are endless discoveries to be made if you look carefully."

Peter Hylands, Andrea Hylands

May 21, 2023

The Water Dragon in the landing image above was photographed by us in the City of Melbourne, so they appear to have adapted to city life, also living in Sydney, Brisbane and even Canberra.

Water Dragons

The Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii is the only representative of its genus (plus subspecies) and part of the large family of Agamidae, the dragons. There are 89 species in Australia and all of these are oviparous. The Water Dragons lay their eggs, usually between 6 and 18 eggs, in a burrow.

Water Dragon distribution includes the eastern seaboard of Australia and inland from there, stretching from Melbourne to Cooktown. There is a Gippsland subspecies, the Gippsland Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii howittii, which has, among other differentiating features, olive green to bluish green colouration.

Water Dragons are strong swimmers and can be seen catching the sun near waterways, stretched out on overhanging branches or nearby rocks. Their diet is composed of invertebrates, including molluscs and various crustaceans as well as small vertebrates including fish, other reptiles and small mammals.

They are very handsome reptiles indeed.