Physignathus lesueurii

Description

The Eastern Water Dragon is a medium to large sized lizard. They have large heads, with a row of spines beginning on the head and leading down along their back. Their colouring consists of shades of grey or brown with a series of black bands on their back and tail. Their underbelly is creamy-white, although males may have a vivid red on some or most of the belly and chest.

Distribution

Eastern Water Dragons are semi-aquatic lizards that are found along the east coast of Australia.

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Water Dragon

Lifespan

The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, many are considered to live an average of 20 - 30 years.

Size

The average length of the Eastern Water Dragon is 75 cm.

Diet

The diet of the Eastern Water Dragon consists of insects, frogs, yabbies, water insects, fruit and berries.

Habitat

The Eastern Water Dragon inhabits creeks, rivers, lakes, rainforests and humid woodlands.

Breeding

Eastern Water Dragons breeding season is during spring. Mating occurs near waterways, where the males defend their territories. The females lay eggs away from the river in nests. Their nests are usually in moist soil, within rotting vegetation in November to December. Female dragons can lay between 10 - 20 eggs.