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Water Dragons

Reptile Resources

Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM

I thought I’d take a moment to post some of the reptile resources I’ve used and found helpful in keeping all sorts of reptile critters.  Please feel free to provide further suggestions by replying below.



Web Sites:

  1. Wild Side Pets – A local Mesa, AZ petshop with great reptile knowledge
  2. – Great resource for finding animals and discussing care on forums
  3. LLL Reptile – Loads of supplies shipped to your door
  4. Melissa Kaplan’s Herp Care collection – Excellent species care articles from a well-respected author
  5. ARAV  – reptile and amphibian vets
  6. AZ Herpetological Association – local AZ herp group
  7. Poison Dart Frogs at AZDR
  8. Reptiles of AZ 
  9. Fauna Classifides
  10. Field Herp Forum 

Facebook Pages and Groups:

  1. Reptile Chat Group on FB
  2. SnakeBytesTV – great care videos
  3. The Reptile Report 
  4. Uromastyx Lizards
  5. Pro Exotics
  6. Arizona Reptile Center
  7. WildSide Pets

Water Dragons

Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM


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LIFESPAN: 15+ years

SEXING: Males are larger then females with a larger head and jowls.

HOUSING: A very large enclosure is needed to prevent facial trauma from attempted escapes. A swimming pool and climbing areas should be provided. Bottom substrate should be a mixture of peat and sand.

LIGHTING: Full spectrum UVB fluorescent lights and an incandescent basking light.

TEMPERATURE: During the day in the 80’s and at night in the upper 70’s, with a basking area in the 90’s also provided during the daylight hours.

WATER/HUMIDITY: A swimming/wading pool must be available at all times to provide the proper humidity and necessary soaking. The pool must be cleaned daily as the dragons will defecate in it.

DIET: A mixture of crickets and veggies, adults may be fed small rodents and insects.

SUPPLEMENTS: All insects should be gut loaded with nutrients and dusted with a phosphorus free calcium supplement. A multivitamin should be provided 1-2 times weekly.

MEDICAL CONCERNS: Facial trauma and abscesses from too small an enclosure

Metabolic bone disease from malnutrition

Bacterial infections – poor hygiene

Parasitic infections

Respiratory infections

FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr. Jill M. Patt’s web site at:

Melissa Kaplan’s web site at:

Chinese Water Dragons: