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Eastern Water Dragon

Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii (formerly Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii)


The Eastern Water Dragon is a large lizard native to Australia. Information on this species can be found at one of my previous spottings in Brisbane - This particular specimen was found in Sydney. It is by comparison very dark in colour to my previous spotting, and I think considerably larger. From nose to tail I would estimate its length to be approximately 1 meter. I'm fairly certain it's a male. I approached him slowly and quietly, and he seemed quite relaxed with this style of approach. After a while he seemed quite inquisitive about me and made no attempt to flee. There was a smaller adult as well, possibly a female, which jumped straight into the creek, and a very small young one which took to the undergrowth.


A freshwater creek just flushed out by recent rains. This one is in leafy suburban Sydney.


I grew up in this neighbourhood and can honestly say I have never seen a water dragon in the area. There are many creeks and there's plenty of dense bushland, and I can only assume that my mind was on other things during my younger adult years.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 years ago

They are indeed, and are really solid animals. They always seem so enormous when up close, and those big claws....

kdpicturemaker 10 years ago

Nice one! Impressive aren't they.

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Spotted on Feb 18, 2014
Submitted on Feb 21, 2014

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