Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Apr 18, 2014
In taking a break from animals I have specifically owned, I am brought back to a pair of water dragons owned by a friend. These water dragons were both some of the most beautiful expressions of how delightful the simplicity of nature can be. Although they are not the most colorful of lizards, the greens they display are so magnificently eye catching. They are also playful little things that have quite the propensity for shy and curious behavior. A combination that is often lost on other animals available in the pet trade. Truthfully I can say that very few other experiences of keeping reptile can compare to this, and that is probably due to the sheer scale of their enclosure as it takes of the equivalent of a bedroom in the basement of his house.
Without going into every secret detail of his setup I will say that it is fantastic. It has a re-circulating flow of water and its own regulated humidity. Self sustaining foliage, and a marvelous job for the landscaping. Sorry, no pictures, he doesn't like anything of his being posted on the internet, perhaps a touch of paranoia, perhaps a valid one. I would also recommend this type of setup to anyone with the space as it is quite literally like going to a zoo every time I see the enclosure. Just do some utility cost estimations to see if it is something you can reasonably afford first.
But what about the dragons themselves? Well, firstly, I can say the term dragon is a rather good description as they do resonate some found childhood memories of the fantastical creatures. The shapes of their heads and the coloration as well as the unique hunting and hiding habits make these animals a true joy to own. To that note, a fun fact about these animals; they can actually stay submerged at the bottom of small river beds in order to hide from potential predators for up to 90 minutes, truly fascinating indeed.
So what about ownership? Well, I would tell you that they are handle able, as most reptiles can become, but it may be in your interest to let them live on their own with less interaction, especially since they can be rather skittish. Still, they can be handle, and they are definitely on my list of new reptiles to acquire.