Sailfin Dragon Facts That You May Not Know!

Sailfin Dragon Facts That You May Not Know!

Hello and welcome! Here we will share some surprising sailfin dragon facts. Keep on reading to learn more about this exotic pet.

Scientific Classification Facts (Boring)

Here is some of the more known, but boring, sailfin dragon facts you may or may not know or care about. We thought we should cover the basics beforehand.

OrderSquamata (Scaled Reptiles)
SpeciesH. Amboinensis
Scientific NameHydrosaurus Pustulatus
Conservation StatusVulnerable

Interesting Sailfin Dragon Facts

Now since the extremely boring stuff is out of the way, lets cover the interesting stuff!

  • Range: Philippine
  • Sailfin dragons usually have a lifespan of around 20 years.
  • This lizard species can weigh up to 5 lbs.
  • Sailfins are also known by Crested Lizards, Sail-fin water lizard, Philippines sailfin lizard, Soa-soa water dragon, and Ibid.
  • Male sailfins are more colorful as compared to female lizards.
  • Their preferred habitat is tropical rainforest, mountain streams, or any area surrounded by water, woods, or rice fields.

Learn more about sailfin dragon care.

  • Soa-soa water dragons can be quite colorful. Their color variety includes, blue, orange, yellow, black, and green.
  • The Sailfin is a supersized lizard. Male dragon’s length usually lies between 2.5 to 4 feet. Females are one-third smaller than male ones.
  • Male sailfins have a unique crest on their tail. The crest or “sail fin” is supported by different bony fragments available in the tail. The females have a dorsal fringe at their upper body part.
  • Reproduction: Female sailfin dragons breed only once a year. However, you can expect multiple clusters of eggs per season. Each cluster consists of 2 to 8 eggs. Sailfin Dragon egg clusters can be found near the water, buried in some soft soil. The incubation process usually takes about 2 months. Hatched babies grow without any parental care.
  • Male sailfin dragons are territorial.

Pro Tip: Looking to get or have a young male (or female) sailfin dragon? Try taking the time to start taming them! It takes much patience but it is worth having a friendlier pet!

  • The word hydro represents water. Similarly, Saurus means lizard. Hydrosaurus means water lizard. This dragon is an excellent swimmer.
  • A sailfin has a vestigial eye on top of its skull. It is known as the third eye, parietal eye, or pineal eye. This third eye is not very common in most reptiles, but sailfins have it. The third eye is sensitive to the sun rays and is thought of as a homing mechanism.
  • This incredible species of lizards can stay underwater for up to 90 minutes. It helps them defending themselves from predators.

Sailfin Dragon Facts (Fun!)

  • Sailfins are good climbers. They love to rest on tree branches near the water source. If there are any signs of danger, they jump into the water without any hesitation and swim to the river bottom.
  • With an easily available diet such as fish, vegetables, fruits, insects, and frogs, they are becoming more and more popular among reptile lovers.

Read more about the sailfin diet.

  • The sailfin hatchlings are born swimmers. This ability helps them in saving their life from hunters such as snakes and big size birds.
  • Don’t be surprised watching a sailfin running over the water. It is because sailfins have flattened toes which helps them to run across the water. Usually, lightweight and juvenile sailfin lizards have been observed doing this. Adult sailfins are considered heavy to run over the water surface.
  • Soa-soa water dragons are non-venomous species. With a dragon-like appearance, many people believe sailfin are venomous. But the fact is they do not have any primitive glands. These glands are responsible for the production of venom.
  • You might be surprised but sailfin is not an aggressive species. The chances of getting bitten by a sailfin are quite rare.
  • The habitat of this beautiful lizard is badly threatened by the cutting of Woodlands. IUCN has declared sailfin dragons as a vulnerable species.


Having grown up with geckos and a bearded dragon as pets, my passion for reptiles has sparked once again! When I'm not writing about reptiles, I can be found gaming and maintaining physical shape.

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