Eastern Water Dragon (species: Intellagama lesueurii) in Royal NP (Gaia Guide)
Intellagama lesueurii
Eastern Water Dragon

©Ozanimals: Eastern Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

©Arthur Chapman and Audrey Bendus: Eastern Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

©Ozanimals: Eastern Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Agamidae
Genus Intellagama
Species Intellagama lesueurii

Distinguishing features

Eastern water dragons have long powerful limbs and claws for climbing, a long muscular laterally-compressed tail for swimming, and prominent nuchal and vertebral crests. The nuchal crest is the central row of spikes at the base of the head. These spikes continue down the spine, getting smaller as they reach the base of the tail (Wikipedia).


  • Up to 25 cm (Snout to vent length)


  • Up to 1 kg


Interesting facts

  • They are able to swim totally submerged, and rest on the bottom of shallow creeks or lakes for up to 90 minutes (Wikipedia).


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Hosking, C. (06/2010). Australian Water Dragon: Certificate III Captive Animal Management