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I was walking arond in penrith today, and strolled down to the Nepean river. As i was walking this Eastern water dreagon ran past me, down to the waterfront. It was looking for some birds up a tree but stopped when I started taking shots of it. It got sceared and jumped into the river when I accidently stepped on a twigg.

About the Nepean river
This river ends up in the Hawksbury river, or actually they are the same river, but when they were named no one knew they were the same river so it got two different names; The hawksbury river after Charles Jenkinson, and The nepean river is named after an english politician called Evan Nepean.

About the eastern water dragon
The Eastern water dragon is distinguishable from it's relativ, The Gippsland water dragon, by the fact that the eastern water dragon has a black line running from it's ear to it's eyes. It can grow up to 1 meter long ( this one was about half that).
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.
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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