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Water dragon Physignathus Cocincinus

water dragon

Name Dutch: water dragon
Scientific name: Physignathus cocincinus
Origin: From South China to Thailand
Age: Over 18 years
Height: 60-80cm
Day temperature: 25-30C
Humidity: 50 - 80%
Birth: Eggs hatch after 65-101 days
Activity: Day active
Legislation: None
Climate: Tropical rainforest
Stay: Terrariums
Heat place: 32 ° c
Night temperature: 20 – 22°c
Night humidity: 80 - 90%

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The water dragon is a coarsely built lizard. The body is slightly flatter on the side and the animal has a thorny crest over its back and tail. The water dragon is green in color, with some gray or red here and there. A water dragon can get darker and lighter in color, a darker color often means that they are not quite comfortable.

Aquatic dragons grow very quickly and can be fully grown within 2 years. This growth is clearly visible because the animals molt in pieces, not in 1x as with a snake. With good care and the right environment, an aquatic dragon can live to be over 18 years old! The water dragon normally lives in Southeast Asia and parts of China, where you will always find them near water. They like to sit in trees along the water to relax. Water dragons are not likely to bite and are easy to handle. However, they do have very sharp nails, these should absolutely not be cut! The animal needs these nails to be able to climb properly.

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The Water Dragon needs a large terrarium. For a pair this is at least 200x100x200 cm. Males cannot live together, if you want more than 2 animals, it is best with 1 male, more females or only females. The Water Dragon needs 12 to 14 hours of light and heat per day. The average daytime temperature is between 25 and 30 degrees. The hotspot may rise to 45 degrees. At night the temperature may drop to about 20 degrees. The humidity should be quite high for the water dragon. The terrarium may be sprayed daily, the water dragon itself can also be sprayed. High humidity is good for the animal. The ground cover can consist of: cocohusk, terrarium bark or coarse sand. The layer of ground cover should be about 10-20 cm high, so that animals can also lay eggs in it.

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Sex & Reproduction

A male water dragon has a larger crest on its back and tail compared to a female. It also has a thicker caudal peduncle, a larger throat pouch and larger pores. In addition, the belly of a male is often more brightly colored.

Mating can take place throughout, but usually takes place in winter. In the spring (around March/April) six to twenty eggs are laid.
The eggs of a water dragon should be hatched in an incubator at a temperature of 27 to 32 degrees and a high humidity. Newly hatched animals, including the tail, are about 14 cm long. The comb is still missing. After about 6 months, the fry are slightly larger and the territorial behavior also begins. Sexual maturity starts from about 2 to 3 years of age, the males must then be housed separately from each other.

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Water dragons are omnivores. However, the majority of their diet should consist of animal foods. These can be the following food animals: crickets, grasshoppers, various worms, cockroaches and other insects. You can also feed nest mice. In addition, different types of fruit and vegetables can also be fed, they can have almost anything. The only question is whether your water dragon will take everything. Some prefer a certain food. Adult animals can be fed 3 times a week. Boy can eat every day. Think of the size of the mouth of the water dragon, the food should not be larger than their mouth. All food should be fed with a good mineral and vitamin preparation over it.

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