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The Australian water dragon is a large lizard found near water wells in the humid bushes of eastern Australia. It is a carnivorous animal, and the Australian water dragon lizard feeds mainly on both insects and small vertebrates.


Australian water dragon


Category

Kingdom: Animal

Phylum: Vertebrate Chordates

Category: Reptiles

Order Squamousida

Family : Cauliflower

Scientific Name: Intellagama lesueurii


Subspecies / Varieties

There are two subspecies of the Australian water dragon


List of subgenres

Eastern Water Dragon

Gippsland water dragon

 

Characteristics of the Australian water dragon

The Australian water dragon is one of the reptiles that is not very large in size, but it is considered one of the huge lizards. The length of the male Australian water dragon may reach about 70 to 90 cm, and the length of the female is about 60 cm, and the weight of this animal may reach about 1 kg.

 

look and feel

The Australian water dragon is a huge lizard, characterized by its long limbs with fingers ending in strong claws, a long tail flattened laterally, and a thick triangular head. The Australian water dragon has a long, spiky crest that begins at the head and tapers down to the tail. We can recognize the male from the female by his more head and larger body.

In adulthood, the color of the male is darker than that of the female. Its scales are gray or olive, with a difference from dark gray to black that is more or less distinct depending on the individual. Its throat may display yellow, red, or blue colors depending on the subspecies. And juveniles have a more uniform coat.

 

adaptation in water

The Australian water dragon can cut itself and stay for up to 30 minutes. The Australian water dragon is an excellent underwater swimmer.

 

The environment and distribution of the Australian water dragon

The Australian water dragon is one of the animals that live on the Australian continent.

Distribution area

The Australian water dragon is currently endemic to Australia (Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Oceania).


home

The Australian water dragon lives mainly in tropical rainforests, near points of low flow water (lakes and rivers). We can also find it in the city.

 

Australian water dragon diet

Like other lizards, the Australian water dragon is mainly carnivorous and insectivorous.

 

food and prey

The juvenile Australian water dragon feeds mainly on insects (grasshoppers, caterpillars, and ants) and other invertebrates (spiders), but the adult Australian water dragon prey is larger, such as small mammals.

 

Australian Water Dragon Lifestyle

The water dragon is distinguished by its social life like other creatures.

Social life

The Australian water dragon is a fairly social animal, often living in groups of one male and several females. Young individuals also form groups among themselves to help each other and avoid competition with older individuals. Australian water dragon males may also fight with each other and use claws and tail in their fight, as this lizard communicates with each other by head movements. The water dragon is an arboreal diurnal animal that spends most of its time in trees and during the day Australian water dragons enjoy the sunshine and interact with their mates. In case of danger, you will see them fall into the water from tree branches, dive and swim to avoid predators or any threats they face.

 

Predators and threats to the Australian water dragon

Birds of prey and snakes are among the threats and predators that threaten the adult Australian Water Dragon, as well as predators such as dogs, foxes and cats. Small birds and some small mammals also pose a threat to Australian water dragon eggs and young.

 

How old is australian water dragon?

The Australian water dragon has a lifespan of 20 years in the wild.

 

Reproduction of the Australian water dragon

The Australian water dragon is considered one of the animals that lay eggs, and it is one of the polyandrous animals. The Australian water dragon reaches sexual maturity when it reaches the age of 4 or 5 years. The female Australian water dragon lays in the spring, mainly in the month of October, where she digs a place to lay eggs and its depth is from 10 to 15 cm and is exposed to sunlight. The female lays about 6 to 20 eggs. The incubation period for Australian water dragon eggs is about 70 to 120 days.

 

Threats and conservation of the Australian water dragon

In proportion to the risk of extinction ( IUCN statusThe Australian water dragon is the least worrisome ( LC) according to the IUCNThe real threats to the Australian water dragon are direct threats such as road accidents and their predation and killing by cats and dogs. There is no statistics on the number of Australian water dragons present in the natural environment, but it is believed that their numbers are currently stable.


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