HYDROSAURUS or THE SAILFIN LIZARD
these lizards are a group of large-bodied lizards from the tropical regions of eastern Indonesia, New Guinea and the Philippines. these lizards like water, and lots of it. they are often found basking near their streams.
They flee at the first sight of danger, typically running into the water until they sink and swim away. Their ability to hide underwater for up to an hour helps to ensure any threats pass. it also implements their sailfins.
these animals grow up to 3-4 feet long, depending on gender.
they are omnivorous, meaning they eat both insects and veggies/fruits.
Sailfin dragons have now been classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN.Their main threats are being hunted for food and collection for the pet trade…
these parts are of interest to pet owners…but are not very available, or common. they are more skittish then iguanas, and MUCH harder to care for than iguanas…which are pretty hard…so it’s not recommended to a new reptile owner…or even an intermediate one. the only place you can get one is from the Philippines but they have protected the lizards, making it pretty hard, unless you live there or obtain one illegally.
there is not a lot of information on them, whether it be in the wild or in captivity.
in my research i found this website to be most helpful and informative about these animals….at least in a pet owning way…which i still dont recommend.
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