Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 17, 2015
Water Dragons - both Chinese and Australian are definitely not for the beginner reptile keeper, yet both can be rewarding to keep.
Australians are a striking looking lizard that reminds me of a dinosaur, with their black, whites, greys and prominent scales. They grow quite big, up to 2ft with tail and are quite a stocky lizard. They do need quite a large arboreal enclosure - the larger the better, ideally fully equipped with a pond area for swimming and an absolute ton of branches. This can make designing an enclosure, heating and lighting quite challenging, unless you happen to be lucky enough to live in a climate that allows you to make an outdoor enclosure, sadly I don't.
Unlike Chinese Water Dragons, Australians are all captive bred as it's illegal to export them, so things makes life a little easier when it comes to taming them. I've found mine to be quite chilled and happy to be handled, and willing to hand feed. You do have to watch out for the long claws though as they will climb up and scratch without intending to - especially if they decide they want to sit on your head, ouch!