Water dargon

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The Water Dragon is Australia's largest dragon lizard and can be found living along healthy waterways in Sydney. The genus Physignathus was described by George Cuvier in based on the type specimen of the genus; the Green Water Dragon, Physignathus cocincinus of south-east Asia. The name Physignathus translates to "puff-cheek" and refers to the bulging appearance of the throat and lower jaw. Physignathus comprises two recognised species; Physignathus lesueurii and Physignathus concincinus.

Chinese water dragon

Water Dragon Taxonomy

The Australian water dragon Intellagama lesueurii , formerly Physignathus lesueurii , [1] which includes the eastern water dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii and the Gippsland water dragon Intellagama lesueurii howittii subspecies , is an arboreal agamid species native to eastern Australia from Victoria northwards to Queensland. There may be a small introduced population on the south-east coast of South Australia. The specific name , lesueurii , is in honor of French naturalist Charles Alexandre Lesueur. Australian water dragons have long powerful limbs and claws for climbing, a long muscular laterally-compressed tail for swimming, and prominent nuchal and vertebral crests. These spikes continue down the spine, getting smaller as they reach the base of the tail. Males show bolder colouration and have larger heads than females.

Australian water dragon

Of these, 72 species in 14 genera occur in Australia. Australian agamids are small to moderate-sized lizards. The Water Dragon is Australia's largest agamid lizard.
Chinese water dragons look a lot like small iguanas and spend a lot of their time swimming. They are popular pet reptiles due to their smaller size, but their care requirements are more intense than most people anticipate. Chinese water dragons range from a dark to quite light green. They have vertical, slanted stripes of green or turquoise on their bodies.