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Australian Water Dragon   (Physignathus lesueurii)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

Australian water dragons are arboreal agamids with strong limbs and long claws for climbing. They are very strong swimmers who can stay submerged for up to 90 minutes to avoid detection by predators and other threats. This species exhibits temperature dependent sex determination – the sex of the hatchlings depends on the incubation temperature of the nest.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_water_dragon

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Lizard-Species/Australian-Water-Dragon/

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Agamidae
Genus - Intellagama
Species - I. lesueurii

 
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The not-a-snake

The slow worm has a long body, lacks limbs, and is covered in lustrous scales - so is it a snake? No, it is a lizard! Because unlike snakes, the slow worm has eyelids, visible ears, and like many lizards, its tail can break off in the mouth of a predator, allowing them to escape for another day. The slow worm belongs to the Anguidae family, and similarly (but independently) lost their limbs to better adapt to their environments. These “not-snakes” can be found in gardens throughout Europe and the UK, helping to control the population of slugs and other pests, though you probably won’t see any if you have a cat: a slow worm will likely prove a favorite food of your cat!

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