AGAMIDAE (Dragons): There are 14 known species of Dragons found in NSW and of these only 5 occur in Southern coastal area of the state.
Generally Dragons have dull rough looking skin covered in tubercles, spikes or spines. They have long tapered tails, 4 well developed limbs with 5 fingers and 5 toes. The back legs are usually long. They also have broad fleshy tongues.
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon): Colour varies from grey to yellowish to reddish brown. They have large angular heads and the inside of the mouth is sulphur yellow, they have a beard made up of many rows of spines under the throat which darkens to black when agitated or excited.
Known to reach a maximum length of around 675mm females usually smaller.
Their main diet is insects and some small reptiles. In captivity they are also known to eat small mammals, tinned pet food, fruit and vegetables.
They are Diurnal and Semi-arboreal and are generally found in dry forests and open woodland.
Physignathus lesueurii ssp. lesueurii
(Eastern Water Dragon):
Grey to browny-green in colour with a black facial stripe running from the eye over the ear to the top of the neck. Black transverse stripes along the length of body and tail. Underside of throat, chest and body can become red when agitated or excited (more mature specimens). Have been known to reach 900mm in length, females usually smaller. Diurnal,arboreal and semi-aquatic most living in close proximity to water courses.
Diet consists mainly of insects, fruits and frogs.
Physignathus lesueurii ssp. howitti
(Gippsland Water Dragon):
Most details for the Eastern water Dragon apply to the Gippsland, but the colouration tends to be greeny-brown, the black facial stripe is not always prominent and while the belly can get pink in colour the deep reddening does not occur.
The throat of the Gippsland tends to be black and yellowish stripes (mature specimens) but can also be blue or orange.