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Posted by: H_nasicus at Sun Aug 8 21:30:42 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by H_nasicus ]  
   

So, I have a friend that bought a Chinease Water Dragon from Petco. I know, probably not the best idea, as it was probably riddled with parasites. But anyway...

She kept it in a 10 gal tank (it was a small lizard) and put a background up on 3 of the sides. She used this lightbulb: http://www.petworldshop.com/pictures/zoomed-repti-basking-spot-lamp.jpg As the main heat/light source. She did get a black ZooMed light for night time, but claimed it was keeping the lizard up at night, and he was like, jumping at the lightbulb.

Petco was feeding it some kind of pellets and mealworms...my friend managed to get it to eat some baby food and the can'o crickets crickets, the dragon wouldn't touch live or dried crickets, or the mealworms, live or dead.

The lizard died about a month or so later...not really sure why, though I think it might have been parasites.

Anyway, my friend would like to get another water dragon. I've heard they're harder to keep then iguanas...I'm afraid I myself don't know much about them (I keep hognose snakes...not lizards).

What I'd like to know is, is the setup she has for a water dragon sufficient? If not, what changes need to be made? She know's she will need a bigger enclosure for it as it grows. My worry is that the light does not provide enough UV for the lizard.

My friend is also curious, what other lizards she could look at, that are similar in appearance to water dragons and iguanas, but are easier to care for. I wasn't familiar with any (already suggested beardies or blue tongued skinks and got a "no" so I figured I'd as you all, and hope someone out there could offer some friendly suggestions.

Thanks! and if I was unclear about anything, feel free to lemme know!
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1.0 Western Hognose


   

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