Welcome to our Sunday Selfie project: one of our young Australian Water Dragons. This female is at least two foot long and she’s quite friendly. Males are much bigger, and often over 3 foot long. They also have a bigger and broader head, and a stockier, stronger body, which is more colorful than the females.
Australian Water Dragons are semi-aquatic and are expert swimmers who can hold their breath under water for up to 90 minutes, standing on the bottom of the lake. On land, they can slowly change skin color to help camouflage, and during periods of growth they shed their skin.
Australian water dragons are extremely shy in the wild. They are fast runners and strong climbers, and can even climb vertically up tall trees. The sex of baby Water Dragons, known as hatchlings, is determined by the temperature of the nest site. They are common in rainforest areas. We have a rainforest canopy running alongside us, which is why we have a nice number of Water Dragons.
They like to bask in the sun. Males and females both practice arm-waving and head-bobbing. Fast arm-waving signals dominance, while slow arm-waving signals submission. Males are territorial and sometimes display aggression toward other males, including posturing and chasing.
We are happy to be back in the Sunday Selfie blog hop. Things have been very hectic lately and we just couldn’t back here sooner. Don’t forget to join our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, which stays open all week, every week. Hope you’ll visit us again soon. *waves paw* :=o)