Water lizards pet
Females approx. 2 feet
males approx. 3 feet
Tail comprises 79% - 75% of total length
Day temps - 84-88℉
Basking - 90℉
Night temps - 75-80℉
* If temp falls below 75℉ at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat.
Many water dragons purchased in stores and from breeders are often wild caught specimens. For this reason, it is imperative to take your new dragon to an exotic veterinarian immediately to be tested and treated for parasites. Water dragons are arboreal (tree dwelling) creatures, yet are also semi-aquatic and can spend a considerable amount of time on the ground and in the water. All water dragon species are from tropical humid climates, such as Vietnam and Southern Thailand.
Water dragons are long, slim bodied lizards with tails that are usually longer than the lizard’s body itself. A healthy dragon is bright green in color with bluish patches on the cheeks. The toes are long and the eyes are a bright orange-yellow color. Water Dragons have a light sensitive “third eye” on the top of their heads, visible as a shiny spot about the size of a pinhead. Known as the parietal eye, it controls hormone production and helps the animal regulate the amount of time it basks in the sun. They are extremely strong swimmers and can remain underwater for up to half an hour. They can also run on their hind legs!
NORMAL BEHAVIOR & INTERACTION:
Water dragons are generally docile and intelligent lizards that will tolerate some handling when tamed. They may be aggressive to one another, and care must be taken to introduce cage mates slowly and with apprehension. There is no guarantee they will get along well. When stressed or angry, water dragons may puff up their throats, wave their arms, head bob, whip their tails or lick each other! Water dragons have a bad habit of banging their faces against the glass of their enclosure if the enclosure is too small. They can easily rub their faces raw and break their jaws trying to get out. NOTE: Water dragons can be housed together, but ample space must be made available for each lizard. Cage mates are never guaranteed to get along well, so it is always best to begin with only one lizard.
Water Dragons are omnivorous; which means they eat both meat and vegetables. About 10%-15% of an adult’s diet should be made up of plant matter, the remaining percentage being protein.