By Animal Andy
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Posted Sep 29, 2016
Water dragons are really cute lizards, and I’ve kept them for decades. They are often marketed as an alternative to green iguanas, given their more manageable size (water dragons reach about 3 feet in length, while iguanas may reach 6 or 7 feet in length).
Water dragons are generally tame, although young individuals are often flighty. They are primarily green, but many have washes of white or pink on their faces, providing additional visual appeal. Many will learn to eat mealworms and crickets from their keeper’s fingers.
One difficulty in keeping Chinese water dragons is that they need a water reservoir in which they can swim. Additionally, because your lizard will likely defecate in the water, you’ll need to spend lots of time cleaning and re-filling the water dish.