What’s with the bright coloured chest?

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While wild water dragons are generally shy, they adapt to regular human contact and are pretty chilled around people once they get used to them. They are found near creeks, rivers or lakes that have basking sites like overhanging branches or rocks in open or filtered sun.

The Eastern Water Dragon is grey to brownish-grey in colour, with patterns of black stripes along the dorsal ridge as well as down the tail. There is also a dark stripe horizontally from the eye back and extending down the neck. In mature males the chest and upper belly can be bright red. When you see them on a rock like this, you can see why they are the these colours.

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