Eastern Water Dragon
Description: Prominent crest of spikes at the base of the head. Spikes continue down the spine, getting smaller as they reach tail. Long powerful limbs and claws for climbing. Yellow-brown in colour with dark bands and a dark strip that extends from the eye to the side of the neck. Males tend to have bolder colouration and have larger heads than females.
Behaviour: Shy creatures in the wild, but adapt to human presence in parks and gardens. Fast runners and strong climbers. Able to swim totally submerged, and rest on the bottom of shallow creeks or lakes for up to 90 minutes.
Lifespan: 12-15 years.
Development: Female digs a burrow in a sandy or soft soil that is open to the sun, and lays between 6-18 eggs. The sex of the hatchlings is determined by the temperature of the nest site.
Length: up to 80cm.
Weight: up to 1kg.
Diet: Small rodents and insects.
Habitat: Creeks, rivers, lakes, suburban parks and gardens.
Threats: Cats, dogs, snakes, foxes, carnivorous birds.
Status: Secure in South East Queensland.
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