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Hello, welcome to Water Dragon World, I have owned a Chinese Water Dragon since November 2003, and ever since I first set eyes on water dragons I was very intrigued and was determined to learn more about them. I have learnt many things about Water Dragons, mainly about Chinese ones, although Australian Water Dragons appeal to me also, and in this site I wish to express my thoughts and knowledge on Water Dragons to you. So, Enjoy!!!

Well, if you already have a water dragon/planning on buying one, here is a simple caresheet I hope you will find easy to understand:

  • Heating-The temperatures in the vivarium/terrarium in the day time should be around 78-83 degrees fahrenheit, dropping to around 70-75 at night.
  • Hours of daylight and lighting-Your Water Dragon should have about 12 hours of daylight each day in the summer, and 10 hours in the winter, remember your Water Dragon is a cold-blooded animal, and unlike humans their body temperatures depend on the heat of the environment surrounding them. The light you supply them with is one of their main heat sources. Make sure you have a UVA/UVB bulb in the vivarium as this gives your Water Dragon many of the essential vitamins in your Water Dragons diet.
  • Humidity-Your Water Dragons vivarium/terrarium needs to have a reasonable amount of humidity in it as the Water Dragon is a tropical reptile, so the vibarium/terrarium should be misted 2-3 times a day, sometimes your Water Dragon may rush over under the water, as they like a good shower!!!  
  • Food-Water Dragons eat mainly insects such as crickets, spiders, earthworms, mealworms, waxworms and locusts. Although they will also eat fruit and vegetables including lettuce, apple, banana, peppers (not spicy ones), leeks and cucumber. The Water Dragon should be offered about 3/4 crickets in the morning and then 3/4 in the evening when young also including a waxworm every 3 days, 6 crickets in the morning and 6 in the evening when 'middle-aged' and 8 in the morning and 8 in the evening when adult. When your Water Dragons are 'middle-aged' you should also start feeding them mealworms and pinkies (new born hairless mice) of course the Water Dragons would prefer them live but thats your decision. Fruit and veg should be offered 1-2 times a week in the vivarium, taking it out the next day so it does not mold and cause your Water Dragon any harm
  • Sexing your Water Dragon-The males tend to have larger heads and the pores on the inner back leg are clearer to see and thicker. Also the females lay eggs every other month but unless they are fertilised by a male the eggs will not hatch and are useless
  • Common Illnesses-Water Dragons are well known for 'Nose Rubbing'. This is banging there snouts into the glass on their vivarium, where the snout wears down, causing snout damage. Unfortunately, this can result in mouth rot, which can be fatal, if your water dragon does this, you MUST take him/her to the vet ASAP.

I will also show you many pictures of my Water Dragon, Abe, so you can see how she is getting on and how much she is growing.