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Asian water dragon

By MSA 2005 Map showing tropical rainforests, near water habitats in southeast Asia


Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Agamidae
Genus and species: Physignathus cocincinus
A mere hint of danger and these long-limbed lizards leap from the trees into the water. Sometimes they swim away. But they also can sink to the bottom and hide under rocks or debris for nearly 25 minutes.

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