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Eastern Water Dragons

Eastern Water Dragon

The Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii) is an alert, upright lizard with a crest of spines down the middle of its back and a long, laterally-flattened tail. Males are larger than females and are often territorial, particularly when confronted by other males.

They are semi-aquatic powerful swimmers, and can remain submerged for up to half an hour (there are some reports of them being submerged for as long as two hours).

The species feeds mainly on small reptiles, worms, frogs, insects, vegetation, fruit, small mammals and molluscs (Queensland Museum 2008 and Australian Reptile Park 2006).

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