Welcome to our Sunday Selfie project. Happy Holidays! Although we didn’t plan on featuring Water Dragons again so soon, seeing a wild Water Dragon in the water is very rare and getting photos of them swimming is extremely rare.
A male Water Dragon can reach a length of 1 metre (over 3 foot), and weigh about 1 kg – these selfie photos are of a large male.
When Water Dragons see a predator, they dive to the bottom of the water and stay there for up to 90 minutes, so seeing them in water and swimming is a real treat.
Their tail is designed to help them swim. It is mainly muscle and is shaped with flattened sides, to help cut through the water like an oar. Water Dragons can sleep in the water, with just their nostrils protruding. In cold weather before they go into their winter dormancy (hibernation), sleeping in the water overnight, is actually warmer than sleeping in the open.
Water Dragons communicate by bobbing their heads, inflating their throat pouches and doing push-ups and waving their arms – it is known as territorial behavior that males di during breeding season.
Water Dragons generally run on all four legs, but when they want to go faster they arch their backs and lift their fronts legs off the ground and run on their back-legs, like dinosaurs do. Water Dragons have been around for a similar length of time as crocodiles, about 20 million years.
Hope you enjoyed seeing a Water dragon doing the two things he does best: swimming and sun baking.
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