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Physignathus lesueurii

Physignathus lesueurii

(Eastern Water Dragon)




Physignathus lesueurii

Common name

Eastern Water Dragon

Main colour

Grey to grey-brown with bars and crested scales

Body size

Snout to vent to 24 cm, tail to 60 cm long




Widely distributed along the tropical coast, usually observed on branches overhanging streams. Feeds on a variety of animals as well as fruit. The body is grey to grey-brown to olive-green with dark obscure bars which may extend as far around as the belly. There is quite a lot of colour variation particularly on lower surfaces which are yellowish to red. A vertebral crest of scales (spine-like) extends along the back and onto the tail.