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'Australian water dragons have long powerful limbs and claws for climbing, a long muscular laterally-compressed tail for swimming, and prominent nuchal and vertebral crests. (A nuchal crest is a central row of spikes at the base of the head. These spikes continue down the spine, getting smaller as they reach the base of the tail.) Including their tails, which comprise about two-thirds of their total length, adult females grow to about 60 cm (2 feet) long, and adult males can grow slightly longer than one metre (3 feet) and weigh about 1 kg. Males show bolder colouration and have larger heads than females. Colour is less distinct in juveniles.' from wikipedia
'As its name suggests, the Australian water dragon is associated with water and is semi-aquatic. It can be found near creeks, rivers, lakes and other water bodies that have basking sites such as overhanging branches or rocks in open or filtered sun. ' from wikipedia
Sun basking lizard about 30cm body length another 20cm or so for tail. Evenly spaced stripes across body. Dull greenish brown in colour. Probably a juvenille. Found in grassland on zoo grounds. Not an exhibit but a naturally occuring species, thriving in urban habitat. I have seen this species in the hippo enclosure at Melbourne Zoo.