Water Dragon

The Life of Animals | Water Dragon | Australian water dragons have powerful long Limbs and claws for climbing, a laterally-compressed long muscular tail for swimming, and prominent nuchal and vertebral crests (A nuchal crest is a central row of spikes at the base of the head. Males show bolder colouration and have larger heads than females.

Australian water dragons are extremely shy in the wild, but readily adapt to continual human presence in suburban parks and gardens. When Presented with a potential predator, They seek cover in thick vegetation, or drop from an overhanging branch into water. 

Both males and females display behavior typical agamid Such as basking, arm-waving and head-bobbing. Fast arm-waving signals dominance, while slow arm-waving signals submission. Males are territorial and in areas of higher population density, males exhibit displays of aggression toward other males including posturing and chasing. As its name Suggests, the Australian water dragon is associated with water and is semi-aquatic.

Australian water dragons are prey to snakes, cats, dogs and foxes. Nestlings and Smaller juvenile water dragons are vulnerable to predation by kookaburras, currawongs, butcherbirds and other Carnivorous birds. The Australian water dragon's diet depends on its size. Juveniles and yearlings growing niche to feed on small Insects Such as ants, spiders, crickets, and caterpillars.  An adult diet includes small rodents Such as baby mice, although Insects are still the most commonly consumed.

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