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Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii
This beautiful adult male Australian Eastern Water Dragon is recognizable by its size, the red colour on its belly and its prominent colours markings and spikes. It has a crest of spines from the neck down onto a long flattened tail.
Brisbane Botanical Gardens where they roam freely, as they do in many other parks and garden of the city. Australian water dragons are semi-aquatic and typically perch in conspicuous ways near creeks, rivers, lakes and other water bodies.
Head-body length up to 23 cm and a tail length of up to 80 cm. Distibution: Eastern Australia from northern Queensland to Gippsland in eastern Victoria. A different subspecies in found in Gippsland (P. l. howittii).