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'Cocky John'

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salsbells69

Joined October 2007

Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 10.3"
Medium 12.0" x 15.4"
Large 16.0" x 20.5"
Note: Image size. Matboard and frame increase size of final product

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  • Custom-made box or flat frame styles
  • High-quality timber frame finishes to suit your decor
  • Premium Perspex - clearer and lighter than glass
  • Exhibition quality box or flat frame styles

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Artist's Description

Gippsland Water Dragon – Relative to the Eastern Water Dragon which is distinguishable by the black band running from its eye to ear. The Gippsland Water Dragon does not have this band. The Cann River locals call him a Çocky John’ so its stuck :) He chased me up the Thurra River Bank when I was going fishing for bream. Seems like he wanted the prawn when I offered it but preferred to eat the dandelion flower nearby! Taken at Thurra River – Croajingolong National Park. Gods Country..I wanna be back there. Editing by Neil Swenser. Thanks Neil :)
Description
The Gippsland Water Dragon is a large lizard. It is grey-green and brown with black banding on back and a row of spines from the crest of the head to the tail. The chest is olive green. Males often have patches or stripes of orange, blue and yellow on chest. It is a good swimmer and dives into the water when disturbed. It can remain submerged for around half an hour.

Size
Total length up to 80 cm including tail. Head and body length 20-25cm.

Habitat
Near creeks, river and lakes in forests, woodlands, grasslands and also parkland in urban areas. Usually seen on rocks logs or overhanging branches.

Food
insects, molluscs and crustaceans as well as small vertebrates including fish, hatchling tortoises and small mammals. Also eats fruit and berries.

Breeding
Clutches of 6-18 eggs are laid in burrows. The female digs a shallow nest about 10-15cm deep in a sunny open position in a sandy soil. The female lies above the burrow and deposits the eggs into the chamber below. She then back-fills the burrow by scraping the soil with her back legs and then packing it down with her snout. Loose debris is then scattered over the nest area.

Range
eastern Victoria and far south-eastern NSW

Notes
The Gippsland Water Dragon and Eastern Water Dragon are sub-species of the same species. The Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii) has a dark stripe from ear to eye, that the Gippsland Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii howittii) lacks. The Eastern Water Dragon male has a red flush on its chest and darker bands. The Gippsland Water Dragon male has an olive-grey chest, with patches or stripes of orange, blue and yellow.

Classification
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata (Sauria)
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Physignathus
Species: lesueurii howittii
Common Name: Gippsland Water Dragon

Relatives in same Genus
Eastern Water Dragon (P. lesueurii lesueurii)

Ozanimals.com Source of information

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