Just after Christmas, I went on a holiday to the Gold Coast with my family. While we were there, we saw lots of Australian water dragons, which was really cool.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Australian water dragons are medium-sized lizards that can measure up to 1 metre long which includes their very long tail.
- They eat a variety of small animals, including ants, crickets, flies, worms, spiders and caterpillars. Larger dragons will also eat mice, frogs and small reptiles.
- They are very fast, excellent climbers and strong swimmers which makes them hard to catch. They live near creeks, rivers and lakes and can swim to the bottom of the water to escape predators, where they can wait for up to 90 minutes without breathing. They can even sleep underwater with only their nostrils above the water. They are caught by up to 25 different predators, including snakes, kookaburras, dogs, cats, foxes, butcherbirds and currawongs, which makes the water a safe place for them.
- The males are territorial, communicating with each other through head bobs, inflating their throats, push ups and waving their arms. At breeding time, females dig a burrow in soft soil about 15 cm long and lay between 6-18 small eggs. The temperature determines whether the babies are boys or girls.
- Australian water dragons are common throughout the eastern coast of Australia. There are two sub-species, the eastern water dragon and the Gippsland water dragon.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Australian water dragons?