Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Kentucky, United States
Posted Apr 13, 2015
I spent a summer taking care of my neighbors lovely little water dragon and to this day can't wait to own one of these delicate pets. While these aren't good pets for children (as I witnessed with my neighbor), with the proper owner these are long term pets that are easy to care for once set up and are one of the most simple pets as far as being demanding.
This animal is easy to handle, gentle and doesn't show aggression. It's a pleasure to watch and even accepts hand feedings which is great for bonding. The lifespan can even reach 15 years or so which is perfect for those who want their pet around for a long time.
These pets are beautiful and really stand out in any room. These pets are also animated and are amusing as you watch them flip and jump out of the water on occasion and get excited for their feedings.
The largest con is having to keep the water temperature at 50F to 72F, preferably around the 68F level or else you risk killing your water dragon. This can be hard to for novice owners so it's best if you're used to handling temperature consistency. This is easily accomplished with a chiller.
Tanks take a lot of work to set up so you don't risk your new friend eating something it shouldn't and are no easy task to clean. Waterflow needs to be minimal so you don't stress it out. Another smaller con is the fact that it's hard to find someone experienced to watch your pet if you need to go on vacation or take a required trip.