Water-dragon.jpg (31186 bytes)Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesuerii): is a large lizard about 60 centimetres long. Its body is grey or grey-brown above. A series of narrow, cream yellow or white cross-bands are on the body, basal part of the tail and hind limbs. They usually have a broad, black stripe running from the eye down the neck.
The Eastern Water Dragon is widely distributed from north Queensland to eastern Victoria from coastal areas to the hinterland.
The species is semi-aquatic and arboreal. It often perches on tree branches that overhang creeks and rivers. The Eastern Water Dragon is also observed in coastal areas where it forages amongst rocks.
The Eastern Water Dragon has a cosmopolitan diet and feeds on insects, frogs, fruits and berries.
The specimen photographed was living amongst rocks, near a glasshouse, in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney . Because of the large number of visitors, this particular lizard has become rather tame.
We have also observed Eastern Water Dragons on a breakwater at Coffs Harbour on the North Coast of New South Wales and perched in a tree near Gosford on the Central Coast of New South Wales.