Chinese Water DragonsPhysignathus cocincinus
Adult Length (m): 3ft (92cm)
Adult Length (f): 2ft (61cm)
Habitat: Southeast Asia
Lifespan: 10 to 20 years
Specs for my vivarium:
Chinese water dragons are very territorial, particularly the males. A vivarium this large may seem excessive, but remember in the wild they live in the trees of southeast asia, and climb down to the water to eat and handle other business, so they need a lot of vertical space, and they also need to have enough room to maneuver comfortably around the ground level.
Birds and Bees, a la lizard.
As a dragon approaches approximately a year and a half in age- lets say 4.5- 6" snout to vent or 16 - 18" in total length, the secondary sexual characteristics begin to develop.
egg development:approx 2 months
Eggs are layed in moist, soft dirt.
The female dragon will likely lay eggs regardless of the fertilization of a male dragon, but the eggs will not be viable. Even if they aren't fertilized, egg development and laying takes quite a toll on female dragons so it is VERY IMPORTANT that they get adequate nutrition and extra calcium and vitamins when they are gravid.
In loving memory of Gizmo. RIP June 19,2001