CHINESE WATER DRAGON
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Chinese Water Dragons are also known as Asian Water Dragons, Thai Water Dragons, and Green Water Dragons.Chinese water dragons can grow up to 90 cm (3 ft) in length for males and up to 60 cm (2 ft) for females but 2/3 of this is tail length.
Native to the lowland and highland forests of India, Northern and southern China, and eastern and southeastern Asia. Chinese water dragons are most commonly found along the banks of freshwater lakes and streams. They are active during the day (diurnal), and spend most of their time in the trees or plants (arboreal). If threatened, the dragon will drop into the water and either swim to safety or remain submerged for up to 25 minutes. Water dragons live in areas with average humidity levels of 40–80% and temperatures ranging from 80–90 °F.
For Anon who asked about discerning male and female:
All water dragons begin looking like females
For a male watch for the following:
- His head will begin to get larger and wider and even more triangular.
- The crest on the neck will begin to get higher, and the spikes much longer
- The spikes on his back will get longer,
- You’ll notice that below the spikes there is a ridge of bone or cartilage under the skin that points upward, just as the spikes do. On an adult male these bony protrusions are approximately 1/2 inch long (1.2 cm).
- the spikes at the base of the tail will get substantially higher, almost like a secondary dorsal crest
- the femoral pores on the underside of the back legs will grow much wider, become darker and start to fill with a waxy like substance.
- As the male dragon approaches adulthood you should notice that his body is also more triangular shaped … upward triangular, and that the base of the tail is much more triangular than that of a female whose body is more rounded or pear shaped (especially in the abdominal area), and her tail should remain rounded in appearance.
If your dragon gets to be say, 5 inches snout to vent or longer, and it’s total length is 18 or more inches and you haven’t started to see some of these changes in appearance you most likely have a female dragon.
For more info on sexing your animal: http://www.triciaswaterdragon.com/sex.htm
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