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Eastern water dragon

ntellagama lesueurii lesueurii

Description:

Australian water dragons are extremely shy in the wild, but readily adapt to continual human presence in suburban parks and gardens. They are fast runners and strong climbers. When faced with a potential predator, they seek cover in thick vegetation, or drop from an overhanging branch into water. They are able to swim totally submerged, and rest on the bottom of shallow creeks or lakes for up to 90 minutes,[5] to avoid detection. Both males and females display typical agamid behaviour such as basking, arm-waving and head-bobbing. Fast arm-waving signals dominance, while slow arm-waving signals submission. Males are territorial,[4] and in areas of higher population density, males exhibit displays of aggression toward other males including posturing, chasing and fighting.

Habitat:

,Tamborine National Park · Geolocation -27.89008° N, 153.18048° E


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10 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

That's it! Helps so much to see profile. Lovely spotting.

Hema
Hema 6 months ago

@Neil,check the second picture out

Hema
Hema 6 months ago

This did have the strong eye band.Frontal view and reason you cannot see it.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

A water dragon makes perfect sense, particularly if it's been found near a water source (falls, ponds, creeks, etc.). I reckon go with that. If you google eastern water dragon, you'll see there's a great variety in colour, so this one is very unusual. The features I would usually look for I can't see here, except for scales around the mouth, shape of the head and eyes, scales along the spine, etc. Water dragons gave a very strong eye band, usually black and yellow. Check this cheeky fellow out. He tried to follow me into a hospital foyer but was intercepted by staff. He was much-loved, but I don't know if he had a name. Perhaps Handsome II ? https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/22...

Hema
Hema 6 months ago

Neil I agree with Water Dragon.Here is one with simiar colors.Thankyou for calling my Dragon "Handsome" I thought that it was super cute too.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

Definitely not a monitor. Varanidae sp. head shape is totally different. There are only a couple of listings for these in the parks as well. I'm wondering if this is a domestically bred animal that was released, or the offspring of one? Domestically bred bearded dragons come in a vast array of colours. You don't see this in wild bearded dragons with natural lineage. Option two is a water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii), but again, unusual colours. I'm no expert, but I don't know of any other reptiles in this family that are endemic to Tamborine Mountain.

Hema
Hema 6 months ago

Seen in Tambourine National park,Seen near the waterfall.Water monitor?

Hema
Hema 6 months ago

Neil,could this be a monitor lizard?It was totally wild.It somehow posed for me but scuttled away with other tourists.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

Was this a captive animal, Hema? Looks like a bearded dragon, but not as "spikey" and definitely not that colour if it's a wild specimen. I think it's safe to say it belongs to the Agamidae family, and it's definitely not a skink, gekko or monitor. There are only three native Agamidae species known to exist in Tamborine National Park. All that aside, this is a very handsome lizard. https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetla...

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

Regarding the map, once you have the coordinates, copy and paste into the search section of the map. I do this sometimes if I need location accuracy and have taken coordinates from satellite view on google maps. I hope this helps.

Hema
Spotted by
Hema

Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

Lat: -27.89, Long: 153.18

Spotted on Mar 10, 2019
Submitted on Apr 26, 2019

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