Female Chinese water dragons lay eggs approximately two months after successful copulation. You can identify the eggs on either sides of the female dragon a couple of weeks before the egg laying process actually begins.
Chinese Water Dragon Conservation status and main threats
When out in the wild, Chinese water dragons are not as calm and docile as you would expect them to be. Unfortunately, these dragons are stolen from their natural habitat and then sold to pet lovers around the world. Lizards that are captured from the wild are more aggressive and don’t make good pets. They also remain stressed and there are chances that these pets do not stay healthy.
New hatchling Chinese water dragon from under ground reptiles
Maintaining the correct temperature and humidity in your dragon’s cage is paramount to its health. In order to replicate the Chinese water dragon’s native environment, you’ll need to maintain a day-time cage temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with between 70-80 percent humidity, and a night-time temperature no colder than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Appearance: Chinese water dragons colors range from dark to light green. Green or turquoise diagonal stripes decorate the body, and there are green and dark brown bands starting at the middle of the tail that go to the end of the tail. The tail comprises over 2/3 of the total body length. The underside may be white, off white, pale green or pale yellow. The Dragon’s throat can be yellow, orange, or peach. Some throats are a single color, and some have stripes. The head, neck and tail has crests, and the head is triangular. Males have larger, more triangular-shaped heads and larger crests than females, and are larger overall.Keep Chinese Water Dragons in a large enclosure. Since they need water to swim, a glass aquarium is a good option. The tank’s length should be at least twice the Dragon’s length (more is recommended), and the top must be fully and securely screened. If you provide plenty of water, you can use a screen enclosure, which will provide good ventilation to avoid stale air.Misc characteristics: The Chinese Water Dragon has a pineal gland — a small, iridescent, photosensitive spot — between their eyes that is believed to help them with thermoregulation of their bodies by detecting differences in light. This helps them with basking and looking for shelter after the sun goes down.In terms of housing, these lizards don’t have the easiest requirements but they do well in enclosures where all their needs are addressed in the best possible way. Chinese water dragons are friendly with humans, but are happier when kept alone in the tank. Keep in mind these calm and cool lizards can get extremely aggressive if they are annoyed.