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Chinese Water Dragon (Physignathus cocincinus)

Experience Level: Intermediate

Chinese Water Dragon in terrarium

Nutrition and Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• Chinese Water Dragons are omnivores meaning their diet consists of a combination of insects and vegetables, although insects are the primary source of food.

• Chinese Water Dragons benefit from a variety of different items in their diet, so it is important to alternate the insects and vegetables being fed.

• They require calcium supplementation.

• Worms, vegetables, fruits and prepared diets should be fed from a bowl to avoid accidental ingestion of the substrate.


Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency



occasional waxworms

Juveniles (<6"): Once daily

Adults (>6"): Daily to every

other day. Offer only enough

to be consumed by the end 

of the day.


Dark, leafy greens

(kale, collard, mustard) and


(zucchini, broccoli)

Once to twice weekly offer

two tablespoons; remove 

after four hours.

Fruits Papaya, banana, melon

Once weekly offer 1/2

teaspoon; remove after 

four hours.

*Insects and vegetables should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly for adults and daily for juveniles

**Crickets should be fed a gut-loaded diet (commercially available nutrient-dense diet) prior to being fed to the reptile to ensure they have the proper nutrients for healthy reptile diet.


• Chinese Water Dragons will soak in water and require an accessible water dish large enough for full-body soaking.

• Mist the surfaces inside the habitat daily.

• Clean food and water bowls, as well as refresh water, daily.

Other Reminders
• Use caution when handling pets. Pets may bite or scratch. Always supervise children around pets.

• Pets may transmit disease to humans; wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home.