Chinese Water Dragon

Physignathus cocincinus

Description:  Chinese water dragons can grow up to 3 ft in length for males and up to 2 ft for females. Coloration ranges from dark to light green. Diagonal stripes of green or turquoise are found on the body, while the tail is banded from the middle to the end with green and dark brown. Their undersides are white, off white, very pale green, or pale yellow. Their throats can be quite colorful (generally yellow, orange, or peach). Adult males have larger, more triangular heads than females, and develop larger crests on the head, neck and tail.

Range:  Native to the lowland and highland forests of India, Northern and southern China, and eastern and southeastern Asia.

Habitat:  Chinese water dragons are most commonly found along the banks of freshwater lakes and streams.

Diet:
Wild:  Though they will also eat vegetation, the diet of the water dragon consists mainly of insects
Zoo:  Crickets, earthworms, waxworms

Reproduction:  A female can lay up to eight eggs per clutch, and multiple clutches at a time.  The eggs will hatch within 80 days at most.