AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
Covering 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.
Note that there are a few populations of Water Dragons found in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, which are believed to be feral.
The two subspecies cross readily in captivity so should not be kept together adult crosses are not as colorful as either species. Apparently intermediate forms do occur naturally in southern NSW
EASTERN WATER DRAGON
Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii
(was Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii)
Photo above 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.
Photo above taken in Brisbane Qld
Captive male Eastern Water Dragon note that this was a breeding male. Males usually have more red on their chest than females.
Eastern Water Dragon Brisbane
Hatchling water dragons are very small when hatched and are often
thought to be a differnt species by the general public.
This wild Eastern water dragon above was photographed at Kooralbyn Resort (SE Qld) and lived near the restaurant - Photo John Fowler
Adult Eastern Water Dragon - 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).
Note that the Gippsland Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii howittii (was Physignathus lesueurii howittii) is found in the southern part of the range and lacks the distinct eye stripe, although they may have a black stripe behind their ear.