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Eastern Water Dragon

Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii

Description:

These are two separate individuals. The Eastern Water Dragons are "[s]exually dimorphic with males more robust than females. Prominent spines on head and along length of back, with a laterally compressed body and tail. Long powerful limbs. Olive green to brown in colour with short dark bands on the body, dark stripe behind the eye. Males have a distinctive red flush over the chest." (Wildlife QLD - http://www.wildlifeqld.com.au/eastern-wa... ).

Habitat:

Swimming in a small lake full of waterlilies and lilypads (see pic 1). On a small island in the same lake (see pic 2). They live amongst other birds on the small island at Kingaroy, QLD.

Notes:

I have also seen this wonderful dragons at South Bank, Brisbane and the difference in size from these ones in Kingaroy is remarkable. They seem far larger. Here is some great reading about how these dragons are evolving rapidly in different parks - (https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/nationa... ) Some more interesting reading - (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-10/w... )

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2 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

Thank you Neil! This was the first time I had seen one leap into the water and go hell for leather :D It wasn't until I checked out the photos on the computer that I realised there was a turtle! I have no idea what species it is. I have a couple of mediocre photos of one from the next day so I will attempt to find out an identification for it.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

This is such a cool spotting. Imagine him popping up when you went for a swim. They do love the water. I also spied the little turtle in the first photo. Do you know what species it is?

armadeus.4
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armadeus.4

QLD, Australia

Spotted on Mar 6, 2019
Submitted on Mar 31, 2019

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