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Eastern Water Dragon
Photo: C & D Frith    
Australian Tropical
Reptiles & Frogs
Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii)


  • It is an impressive lizard that grows up to 20 cm with a strong long tail that grows 2.5 times the body length.
  • The tail is compressed laterally foe swimming, a skill is uses to escape threat and/or danger.
  • The nostrils of the water dragon are specially placed on top of its snout as an adaptation to its aquatic habits.



  • The water dragon is quite well known, as it is common where it is found and is quite easily seen running from a disturbance towards water.
  • The lizard can remain submerged for up to 30 minutes and rise to the surface, where it can breathe while checking the area for danger before emerging back onto land.

Viewing Opportunities:

  • The turtle viewing area at the Lake Eacham lake front.
  • On the lake's edge during a Lake Eacham or Lake Barrine perimeter walk.

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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