THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
This site covers Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.

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AUSTRALIAN WATER DRAGONS
Intellagama lesueurii
(were Physignathus lesueurii )


THERE ARE 2 SUBSPECIES

Common Name

Scientific Name

Distribution

Eastern Water Dragon

Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii
(was Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii)

NSW, Qld

Gippsland Water Dragon

Intellagama lesueurii howittii
(was Physignathus lesueurii howittii)

NSW, Vic

Intellagama lesueurii map
Note that there are a few populations of Water Dragons Intellagama lesueurii found in the Mt. Lofty Ranges, South Australia, which are believed to be feral.


The two subspecies of the Australian Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii cross readily in captivity so should not be kept together. Besides being illegal to cross sub-species in some states, crosses may be hard to classify when juveniles, and adult crosses are not as colorful as either species. Apparently intergrades do occur naturally in the wild.

 

EASTERN WATER DRAGON
Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii
(was Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii)

Note that this is a subspecies of the AUSTRALIAN WATER DRAGON Intellagama lesueurii

   

EASTERN WATER DRAGON
Photo above of an adult Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii was taken in Brisbane Qld.
Males tend to have more red on their chest/throat than females however if there are no males in an area the dominant female may take on male colouration.

EASTERN WATER DRAGON  EASTERN WATER DRAGON
Photo above of an adult Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii taken at a cafe near Brisbane Qld

 

EASTERN WATER DRAGON Physignathus lesueurii THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Captive male Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii note that this was a breeding male. Males usually have more red on their chest than females.


Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii Brisbane


juvenile waer dragon EASTERN WATER DRAGON Physignathus lesueurii THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA 
Hatchling Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii

Hatchlings are very small and are often thought to be a different species by the general public.

 

EASTERN WATER DRAGON Physignathus lesueurii THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA  
This wild Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii above was photographed at Kooralbyn Resort (SE Qld) and lived near the restaurant - Photo John Fowler

EASTERN WATER DRAGON Physignathus lesueurii THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Adult Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii - Note the distinct black stripe which extends from the ear to the eye.

The Eastern Water Dragon is a very common species found in Eastern Australia. It is commonly kept as a pet and is very easy to breed, often having more than 1 clutch of eggs per year.

Females usually lay from 6 to 20 eggs per clutch which take from 70 to 120 days to hatch.


Adult Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii - Note the distinct Black stripe which extends from the ear to the eye.

The Eastern Water Dragon is a very common species found in Eastern Australia. It is commonly kept as a pet and is very easy to breed, often having more than 1 clutch of eggs per year.

Females usually lay from 6 to 20 eggs per clutch which take from 70 to 120 days to hatch.


In some regions they may have a lot of yellow colouration on them (On their throat or sides). However those are rarely seen in captivity and do not occur in many populated areas (there are very few photos online).

GIPPSLAND WATER DRAGON
Intellagama lesueurii howittii
(was Physignathus lesueurii howittii
)

Note that this is a subspecies of the AUSTRALIAN WATER DRAGON Intellagama lesueurii

Gippsland Water Dragon Physignathus lesueurii howittiTHE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Photo above is of a captive Gippsland Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii howitti taken at Gow's Reptile World (closed) Humpty Doo NT

Note that the Gippsland Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii howitti is found in the southern part of the range and lacks the distinct eye stripe, although they may have a fainter eye stripe and a black stripe behind their ear.

The two sub-species of the Australian Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii cross readily in captivity so should not be kept together. Besides being illegal to cross sub-species in some states, crosses may be hard to classify when juveniles, and adult crosses are not as colorful as either species. Apparently intergrades do occur naturally in the wild.






This Adult wild Gippsland Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii howittii above was photographed at the Canberra Botanic Gardens


This subadult wild Gippsland Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii howittii above was photographed at the Canberra Botanic Gardens

This subadult Gippsland Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii howittii above was photographed at the Adelaide Zoo, South Australia. It has shed its skin on part of its tail exposing the new skin. Note that it does have a faint eye stripe.

LINKS OF INTEREST

Click here for a complete list of Australian Dragons (Agamas)

Click here for list of Australian Dragons Lizards of the ACT

Click here for list of Australian Dragons Lizards of South Australia

Click here for more information about Australian Dragons (Agamas)


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