Monday, January 15, 2007


In the various parks and gardens of the city at this time of year you will often find lizards out and about in the morning and afternoon sun. They range in size from your little titchers, geckos, blue tongues and various sized water dragons. The often will be on rock walls, or in some instances they will block your path on many of the walkways around the city.

This little beauty happened to be in the City Botanic Gardens. He is what is considered an Australian Water Dragon, or Physignathus lesueurii. At this time of year you will find several as you navigate the garden's pathways particularly around the ponds.

I came across this one on a pathway near the ornamental ponds. At around one and half feet, I assumed it was a he, but I have no idea about determining the sex of lizards! He was sunning himself in the middle of the walkway, but as I came up trying to get as close as possible, he darted off into the relative cover of the undergrowth. I pursued him, and managed to get this shot of him watching me watching him. I'm sure if he could talk he would have said "Nick Off!".

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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Grim Reality Girl said...

And today we hunt the elusive lizard... er... dragon....

Can I just say that I'd freak if I saw a reptile that big?? Great picture!

Melody said...

Like grim reality girl, I would seriouslyl freak if I saw that. I mean, geckos freak me out up here and they are only tiny little things!!!