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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
Insects*

Crickets**,

mealworms,

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.

Vegetables*

Dark, leafy greens

(kale, collard, mustard) and

vegetables

(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.

 

Water
• 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.