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Eastern Water Dragon

Physignathus lesueurii

Description:

Male water dragons will sometimes fight each other for territories. Such battles can become quite severe with the two combatants standing on their hind legs in an attempt to push the other over on to its back.

Habitat:

It is a good tree climber and likes to laze on branches overhanging the water. If disturbed it will drop into the water and swim to the bottom to wait for the danger to pass, staying under for up to 30 minutes if necessary.

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12 Comments

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

yeah they are not easy to photograph!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

They're so cautious too. I only notice them when leap into the water from a branch right next to me.

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

Thanks, I took this shot ages ago now! ha ha

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Can't believe I missed this shot. What a cracker! These guys are great - like freshwater iguanas. :)

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 9 years ago

great image

MelanieAustralia
MelanieAustralia 9 years ago

You could enter the 2012 wildlife photo with your pic. cheers

pascuac2018
pascuac2018 9 years ago

Wow Amasing

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

I see loads of these guys at my local park, this is where this shot was taken. A river runs straight through the park and there is lots if these guys enjoying the sun!

MelanieAustralia
MelanieAustralia 9 years ago

lol oh yes i guess you had a LOT of patience and quiet to have this shot. Did you spot it in your backyard, i mean did u spot it several time before taking the pic or was it kind of random place?

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

Thanks for the Lovely comment Melanie, the tip is to approach them very very slowly, avoiding to step on any cruncy leaves and twigs etc. lol Took me a few attempts to sneak up on this guy!

MelanieAustralia
MelanieAustralia 9 years ago

Great shot man !!! I spotted few water dragon in Aussie, there are so quick and shy, it is a hell of a job to get a descent picture of them. You made it and the result is amazing ! Congrats mate :)

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

New picture added

SeanWeekly
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SeanWeekly

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Sep 12, 2012
Submitted on Sep 12, 2012

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