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.

Size

The average length of the water dragon is 75cm

Food

Insects, frogs, yabbies, water insects, fruit and berries.

Habitat

Creeks, rivers, lakes, rainforests and humid woodlands.

Distribution

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

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Water Dragon

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.