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An Australian water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii) at the Auburn Botanical Gardens in Australia.Eastern Water DragonWater Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii), Sydney HarbourAustralian Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii), Shoalhaven River, NSW, AustraliaGippsland Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii howitii), Canberra, Australia
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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
60-100cm (24-40in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
0.5-1kg (1.1-2.2lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
48km/h (30mph)
How long the animal lives for
10-20 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, Brown, Tan, Yellow, Green
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Creeks, rivers and lakes
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laid at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Fish, Rodents, Insects
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Snakes, Birds, Mammals
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Long tail and flattened shaped feet

Water Dragon Location

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Water Dragon

The water dragon is a large species of lizard native to the forests and jungles of Asia and Australia. Water dragons are arboreal animals meaning that they spend most of their time in the trees, often close to a large body of water.

There are two different species of water dragon, which are the Australian water dragon and the Asian water dragon. The Australian water dragon is the smaller of the two water dragon species and is found on the east coast of Australia. Australian water dragons have powerful legs and sharp claws which help them to climb trees more effectively.

The Asian water dragon is the larger and more colourful of the two water dragon species and is found in forests and jungles throughout India, China, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Thailand. The Asian water dragon also has a third eye (known as the pineal gland), which is thought to be able to detect difference in light.

Although water dragons are generally tree-dwelling animals, they also spend a great deal of time in or very close to the water. Water dragons are strong and capable swimmers and often leap into the water from the branches high above in order to escape approaching danger.

Like many other lizard species, water dragons are omnivorous animals eating a variety of plant and animal species. Water dragons primarily prey upon small animals such as lizards, frogs and rodents, insects and fish which they catch with there long tongue.

Due to their relatively large size, water dragons have limited predators within their natural environment, although this is entirely dependent on where the area which the water dragon inhabits. Snakes, large birds and carnivorous mammals are the primary predators of the water dragon.

Water dragons hibernate during the cooler winters and begin breeding when they emerge in the spring. The female water dragon digs a burrow in the ground where she lays up to 18 eggs, and then buries them. The water dragon young hatch within a few months and remain close to the nest until they become bigger and more adventurous.

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First Published: 25th January 2010, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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