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Chinese Water Dragon

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The Chinese Water Dragon is a very popular pet lizard. Prior to their spread around the world as pets, they were native to several countries in Southeast Asia.

Normally their color will be a bright green, but stress and environmental conditions can vary it to a dark brown. Chinese Water Dragons are diurnal and arboreal, spending the daytime hours looking for food, climbing and basking in the trees. Male Chinese Water Dragons will grow to an average of 3 feet, while the females of this species reach about 2 feet.

You will usually find groups of these lizards staying close to bodies of water like streams, creeks, or rivers. They are excellent swimmers, and may spend long amounts of time submerged in the water. They will also usually stay in tree branches that hand over parts of the water, and drop into the water as a defensive measure for predators.

Keeping one of these lizards as a pet? Learn how to care for them with our Chinese Water Dragon Care Sheet.

These Chinese Water Dragon Pictures will help you better identify these lizards.

The Chinese Water Dragon shares the Genus Physignathus with one other lizard.

 
 
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