There are two sub-species, Gippsland and Eastern. They are semi-aquatic living in environments surrounding water bodies; they are excellent swimmers with strong legs and a powerful tail.
EASTERN WATER DRAGON
Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii
They can be shades of grey, green or brown with a strong black band that runs from the ear to the eye.
GIPPSLAND WATER DRAGON
Intellagama lesueurii howitii
They are a lighter green and lack the black face band.
WHAT THEY EAT
Eastern water dragons are omnivores feeding on fruit and berries as well as insects, molluscs, small reptiles and frogs.
Male water dragons are extremely territorial especially over their females. They will live in a “harem” of females and will relentlessly defend their territory when intruded upon by performing a series of head bobs and arm waving. Breeding season is during spring and females will lay between 10-20 eggs in a nest made of moist sandy soil or rotting vegetation away from the water’s edge.