Water Dragon Bibliography


Bennett, R. (1997). Reptile & Frogs of the Australian Capital Territory. National Parks Association of the ACT Inc.

Cogger, H.G. (2000). Reptiles and amphibians of Australia. Sixth Edition. Reed New Holland.

Glasby, C.J., Ross, G.J.B., and Beesley, P.L. (eds) (1993). Fauna of Australia. Vol 2A. Amphibia & Reptilia. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

Greer, A.E. (2004). Encyclopedia of Australian Reptiles. Australian Museum Online.
http://www.amonline.net.au/herpetology/research/pdf/agamidae.pdf. Version date: 15 March 2005.

Swan, G., Shea, G. and Sadlier, R. (2004). A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Second Edition. Reed New Holland.

Wilson, S. and Swan, G. (2003). A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia. First Edition, reprinted in 2004. Reed New Holland.

Journal Articles

Doody, J.S., Guarino, E., Georges, A., Corey, B., Murray, G. and Ewert, M.W. (2006).
Nest site choice compensates for climate effects on sex ratios in a lizard with environmental sex determination. Evolutionary Ecology [In press].

Doody, J.S., Guarino, E., Harlow, P., Corey, B., and Murray, G. (2006). Quantifying Nest Site Choice in Reptiles Using Hemispherical Photography and Gap Light Analysis. Herpetological Review. 37(1), 49–52.

Meek, R., Weir, E. and Sutcliffe, G. (2001). Nest temperatures of the Water Dragon, Physignathus lesueurii, in SouthEast Australia. Herpetological Review. 76, 26–27.

Thompson, M.B. (1993). Estimate of the population structure of the estern water dragon, Physignathus lesueurii (Reptilia : Agamidae), along riverside habitat. Wildlife Research. 20(5), 613–619.

Conference Proceedings

Pezaro, N., Doody, J.S. and Georges, A. (2006). Testing for sex allocation in the water dragon, Physignathus lesueurii, a species with temperature-dependent sex determination. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Herpetologists Conference Healsville, Vic. 18-21 April, 2006.


Pezaro, N. (2006). Dragons in the gardens. Posters created for Snakes Alive! exhibition at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Magazine article

Blackley, A.R. (2004). Water Dragons. Reptiles Australia. 1(6), 10–15.

Newspaper article

Beeby, R. (2004). Dragons offer clues on beating climate change. Canberra Times. 10th January 2004, page 6.

Audio from the ABC

Claire Gorman, from ABC Canberra Radio 666, interviewed University of Canberra’s Sean Doody, from the Applied Ecology Research Group, on 4 November 2004, about his work on the Botanic Gardens' Water Dragons. To hear the interview from ABC (streaming audio) click here. Claire's interview (Dur: 6 min 13 sec) or as MP3 (1,123 KB)



Prepared by Robyn Lawrence, Updated 28 June, 2006 , webmaster, ANBG (anbg-info@anbg.gov.au)