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COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

PYTHON SNAKES - Pythonidae

ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes

SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

 

Colubrids & Mud Snakes

Pythons

 

 

Elapid Snakes

 

Sea Snakes

 

File Snakes

 

Blind Snakes

 

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

SKINK LIZARDS Scincidae

CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

Turtles Tortoises

Dragons Agamas

Geckos

 

Legless Lizards

Monitor Lizards

Skinks

 

Crocodiles

 

 

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 lesuerii lesuerii)

NSW,Qld

Gippsland Water Dragon

Intellagama lesueurii howittii
(was Physignathus lesuerii howittii)

NSW,Vic

Intellagama lesueurii map
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
)

   

EASTERN WATER DRAGON
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.

EASTERN WATER DRAGON  EASTERN WATER DRAGON
Photo above taken in Brisbane Qld

 

EASTERN WATER DRAGON Physignathus lesueurii THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
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


juvenile waer dragon EASTERN WATER DRAGON Physignathus lesueurii THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA 
Hatchling water dragons are very small when hatched and are often thought to be a differnt species by the general public.

 

EASTERN WATER DRAGON Physignathus lesueurii THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA  
This wild Eastern water dragon 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 - 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 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.

 

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