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Sailfin Dragon

Meet the Sailfin Dragon, a striking reptile known for its impressive size and vibrant appearance!

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The Sailfin Dragon, also known as the Philippine Sailfin Lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus), is a species of lizard native to Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines and Indonesia. These striking reptiles are known for their vibrant colors, impressive size, and distinctive sail-like fin along their backs, which they can raise and lower for thermoregulation and display purposes.

They inhabit tropical rainforests and riverbanks, where they are adept climbers and swimmers, often basking in the sun or hunting for prey.


In the wild, they typically live for around 10 to 15 years, although some individuals may live longer if they avoid predation and other threats.

In captivity, Sailfin Dragons can potentially live even longer with proper care. With access to a nutritious diet, suitable habitat, and regular veterinary check-ups, captive Sailfin Dragons have been known to live for up to 15 to 20 years or more.

Weight & Diet

Sailfin Dragons are relatively large lizards, with adults typically weighing between 1 to 2 kilograms.

Sailfin Dragons are primarily herbivorous, feeding on a diet consisting mainly of leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits, supplemented with occasional protein sources such as insects

Did You Know?

  • Sailfin dragons are named for the impressive sail-like fin on their back, which they can raise and lower to regulate their body temperature and intimidate potential predators.
  • These lizards are excellent swimmers and are often found in and around bodies of water, where they hunt for fish, insects, and small amphibians.
  • Male sailfin dragons have vibrant colors and elaborate displays, which they use to attract mates and establish dominance within their territories.
  • Sailfin dragons have specialized skin that can change color depending on their mood and environment, allowing them to blend in with their surroundings and avoid detection by predators.
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