Chinese Water Dragon as Exotic Pets - Care Sheet

Baby Chinese Water Dragons are excellent Exotic Pets available from Predators of Shipley

Baby Chinese Water Dragons are excellent Exotic Pets available from Predators of Shipley

Water Dragons are considered to be good pets for beginner reptile owners.  Water Dragons are very friendly, active and tame quickly but be warned, they run fast and jump like crazy when young.

Chinese Water Dragons are omnivorous but if they had a choice they would prefer meat more often than not. The majority of the Water Dragon diet will consist of feeder insects and for a Baby Chinese Water Dragon, you should offer small crickets and small pieces of vegetables every day.

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Chinese Water Dragon Size

Water Dragons grow to approx 36, two thirds of this is their tail so they are an easily manageable size.

Chinese Water Dragon Temperament

Very friendly and active. They tame up quickly but can run fast and jump, especially when young. Excellent for a first reptile. They are diurnal so are awake and active during the day and sleep at night

Chinese Water Dragon Vivarium Setup

Recommended size 48x24x24. These lizards are arboreal so they need a tank that is tall enough to allow them to climb

Temperature Control

Water Dragons are exothermic so their vivs require a hot end and a cool end to enable them to regulate their temperature. The hot end should be around 35?C (95?F) and the cool end around 28?C (80?F) during the day. The temperature at night should not drop lower than 22?C (70?F).

Heating / Lighting

Use a flat sided reflector bulb in the hot end of the viv to regulate the temperature this is your main heat source in your viv so needs to be replaced as soon as the bulb goes the bulb should be on 10 to 12 hours a day and switched off at night.

A heat mat no longer than the length of the viv should also be placed in the hot end of the vivarium and can be left on all the time to provide some heat during the night.

UV lighting is essential for the health and wellbeing of your Bearded Dragon Your viv should have a 10% UV tube along the length of the viv. The UV light should be on 10 to 12 hours a day and switched off at night. The UV light should be replaced every 10 months to ensure it is still emitting UV.

Vitamins

A calcium and multi-vitamin supplement (such as Nutrobol) should be used on both live food and veg at every feed to ensure the health and long life of your animal.

Substrate

Recommended substrate would be Orchid chipping as holds moisture and helps to maintain humidity in your viv

Feeding / Water

Feed every day. They require both live food (crickets, locus etc if unsure what size to feed please ask for advice) as well as vegetables/salad you should avoid iceberg lettuce and spinach and NEVER feed rhubarb, leek or onions as these are poisonous to your beardy and could be deadly. The veg should be chopped up fine for babys to make sure they dont struggle to eat it.

They should always have access to clean, fresh water and they will enjoy a large water bowl or waterfall in your tank. Keep their water in the cold end of the tank and change daily or every other day.

Cleaning

Spot clean every day and remove any mess, give them a full clean out every 3 weeks or more regularly if required. Do NOT use any household or domestic cleaners in or around the vivarium as they contain harmful and potentially lethal chemicals. Reptile disinfectant can be used in the tank and as a glass cleaner.

It is good practice to wash your hands before and after handling your animal and especially after cleaning your tank or removing waste.

Chinese Water Dragon Stats

  • Experience:  NOVICE - An excellent Lizard as your first Exotic Pet.
  • Life span:  The average Chinese Water Dragon will live somewhere between 10 - 20 years with the appropriate care.
  • Size:  Water Dragons reach a mature size of up top 36" but most of this is the tail.
  • Price:   The Chinese Water Dragon is a relatively inexpensive to keep
  • Enclousures: Recommended size 48x24x24. These lizards are arboreal so they need a tank that is tall enough to allow them to climb
  • Feeding:  Water Dragons are Omnivors and feed every day on both live food (crickets, locus etc...) as well as vegetables and salad.
  • Legal issues:  There are no legal issues when keeping a Bearded Dragon as a pet in the UK at the time of writing this article.

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