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Dragons in Hong Kong

These species of agamid lizard are native to China and mainland Southeast Asia...but I understood that they are locally extinct in Hong Kong.

They are the lovely Chinese water dragon (Physignathus cocincinus). They make great pets and perhaps quite a few have escaped or been deliberately let go, as we are seeing more and more of them on our walks. So re-establishing a population is not a bad thing, and they should not upset the local ecology.

Here it is sunning itself on a pipe, halfway up Tai Mo Shan.

It is also known as the Asian water dragon, Thai water dragon, and green water dragon.

oh, and the same one, with a different angle. Actually, I saw two at this location.

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