Water Dragon of Australia by Maree Cardinale

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Eastern water dragon (Physignatus lesurii)

Just about to slip into the water, I found this chap wandering freely at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney.

The eastern water dragon grows to around 80-90cm in length, much of which is tail. The colour consists of shades of grey or brown with a series of black bands on the back and tail and a black stripe on the side of the head behind the eye. The underside is creamy-white, although males may have a vivid red on some or most of the belly and chest. There are enlarged scales forming a crest down the middle of the head, back and tail. The legs are relatively long and powerful and the strong tail is flattened on the sides to assist with swimming.

The eastern water dragon inhabits the coastal water courses of eastern Australia from northern Queensland to Gippsland in eastern Victoria. It is a good tree climber and likes to laze on branches overhanging the water. If disturbed it will drop into the water and swim to the bottom to wait for the danger to pass, staying under for up to 30 minutes if necessary.

The diet mainly comprises small reptiles, worms, frogs, insects, vegetation, fruit, small mammals and molluscs.

Males defend a territory and a harem of females, carrying out an impressive series of head bobs and arm waves to discourage other intruding males. The females lay around a dozen eggs in an excavated hole in sandy soil above the floodline. These will hatch in approximately three months. The young are miniature replicas of the adults and are able to fend for themselves as soon as they hatch

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  • Nadar
    Nadaralmost 3 years ago

    Excellent work Maree very detailed.

  • Thanks Nadar… took me AGES to remove the background so I’m glad you like it :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • James2001
    James2001almost 3 years ago

    So well done Maree! Excellent on the black background. I’m expecting that dragon to blow fire any second now. James

  • LOL, thanks James :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous and crisp, I’d love to see one of these guys in the flesh!

  • Crisp lizard, mmmmm :))

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 3 years ago

    LoL! I’m sure they do it barbecued or deep fried!

  • Just about anything tastes good deep fried :D

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Kris Montgomery
    Kris Montgomeryalmost 3 years ago

    You want fries with that? Fantastic capture Maree, amazing detail and texture. Except in the background of course, which is perfect :)))

  • Crispy lizard and chips, what a feast!
    Thank you! :))

    – Maree Cardinale

  • leunig
    leunigalmost 3 years ago

    love the texture on its skin looks as if it could have bbeen done with pen and ink fantastic shot

  • Thank you, and thanks for the fave :D

    – Maree Cardinale

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 3 years ago

    wow! incredible capture Maree! awesome to read the info too. well done! xoxoxoxoxoo

  • Thanks darling girl xx

    – Maree Cardinale

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 3 years ago

    This is a brilliant find and capture Maree, a wonderful detailed image

  • Thank you Malcolm :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Neha Singh
    Neha Singhalmost 3 years ago

    Brilliant shot Maree! It is amazing…

  • Thanks Neha :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks Linda. I like your new avatar! :)

    – Maree Cardinale

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