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Jesi, tree and dragon 2 by wildplaces Jesi, tree and dragon 2 by wildplaces
Show Jesi a tree, and she's got to climb it. . . Show Jesi to an eastern water dragon and he's gotta stick around and watch her. . . I don't blame him at all.
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lexxii Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
exercise those great legs...one two...three..
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stjustin Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006   Photographer
nice legs
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:iconwildplaces:
wildplaces Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
She sure has!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
That tree branch almost gives the impression of her fighting a giant snake..so the little minidragon goes well .lol
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wildplaces Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
I hadn't thought of it that way. . . I see what you mean.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I told ya I was weird, Andy ..lol
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OriginalD Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Wonder if it can petrify people (turn to stone) with it's gaze? Probably not, but you never know... Then you might have Jesi turned to a statue - a lasting artwork sure, but then she wouldn't be alive :(
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wildplaces Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
Nah - I'd rather keep her doing the great stuff she does.
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OriginalD Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Me too.
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HosedMan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
jessi's a cutie. :nod:

are you sure that's not a basilisk?
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:iconwildplaces:
wildplaces Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
She certainly is gorgeous. (Which is why I keep photographing her.) . . . I don't think we have basilisks over here. . . He is an eastern water dragon. I have one just the same that lives in my swimming pool. . . Thanks a lot for the fave.
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faint-smell Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
where is this swimming pool? our chinese water dragon just past away. I want to know why. what did we do wrong.
As for Jesi, Scrumpious.
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:iconwildplaces:
wildplaces Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
These water dragons are everywhere around Sydney. Sorry to hear about yours passing away. . . Jesi is stunning.
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faint-smell Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
A lotta if's: I weren't so far away. I'd trade places with the dragon. Just to get close. Looks like good turkey to me. Happy Thanks Giving from across the pond.
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wildplaces Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
LOL. Thanks a lot.
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HosedMan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
oh man! I want one!
I used to have a basilisk, but these sound much nicer!

hmm, reading a bit further, I think they are a different species of basilisk:

Running: Water Dragons at slow speeds run on all four legs, but to increase their running speed they can run on their back legs only (bipedally). Their long powerful back legs and sharp claws help in their abilities to climb trees and dig holes for hibernation and nesting.

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Identification: Water Dragons in Australia can be up to 1 metre, with long powerful legs and claws. Their tail forms 2/3 of their length and is almost all muscle. It is laterally compressed to help act like an oar when swimming. The Water Dragon has a nuchal crest – a central row of enlarged spikey spines at the back of the head. These spikes continue down the spine, decreasing in size to the base of the tail. At the tail the spines divide into two rows.

The Water Dragon’s upper body is a grey-green with cream and black transverse bands on the body and tail. Underneath the body is creamy brown-grey. They have loose folds of skin under the jaw, giving them an almost Bearded Dragon appearance.

Subspecies differences: The Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii) has a dark stripe from ear to eye, that the Gippsland Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii howittii) lacks. The Eastern Water Dragon male has a red flush on its chest and darker bands. The Gippsland Water Dragon male has an olive-grey chest, and is distinguished with a colourful throat that is blotched or striped with various colours; orange, blue and yellow.

Sexual and age differences: Juvenile Water Dragons are light brown in colour, with head and feet disproportionately large compared with the adults. The female Water Dragons lack the bright colourations on the chest and throat, and have narrower, more delicate heads. The male Water Dragon’s head is much larger and angular.

Swimming: Water Dragons as their name suggests are semi-aquatic lizards. They spend a lot of time perching in trees along creeks and rivers. At any sign of danger they will dive into the water and either remain underwater or swim away. Water Dragons have been known to remain underwater for up to 90 minutes. Water Dragons when underwater slow their heart rate and conduct some gas exchange across their skin, both O2 and CO2.

Running: Water Dragons at slow speeds run on all four legs, but to increase their running speed they can run on their back legs only (bipedally). Their long powerful back legs and sharp claws help in their abilities to climb trees and dig holes for hibernation and nesting.

Eating: Water Dragons are omnivorous (eat both plant and animal matter). They generally feed on insects, frogs, yabbies, other aquatic organisms, fruits, berries and flowers. They can eat under water. There has been recorded incidents of cannibalism occurring to young hatchlings.
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wildplaces Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
You've certainly got the right guy here. . . Wouldn't surprise me at all if belonged to the basilisk family.
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HosedMan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
:D just like everything else in Australia, it's grown to monster size.
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:iconwildplaces:
wildplaces Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
Yeah maybe.
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HosedMan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
that's not a bad thing... I think Aus is reall cool.
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