Housing: These water dragons do well in a wooden vivarium with the dimensions of around 5/6ft long, 2/3ft deep and 5/6ft tall. An enclosure this size will work well for the animal however if you keep more then one together you will need more space. You should allow room and enrichment that promotes climbing opportunities. Finally the enclosure should be spot cleaned daily and a full clean done once a month, or less if the enclosure is bioactive! (An enclosure this size would most likely need to be hand made as they can be hard to find.)
Substrate: These animals need a more humid environment and so their substrate needs to be able to hold in the humidity, some examples of good substrates are; Top Soil, Orchid Bark and a Top Soil/Coco Brick Mix.
Heating: These animals will need a large basking area with a temperature of 32-35c. This heat should be on a daily cycle of 10-12hrs this is to allow a gradient in the heat and a more natural heat cycle! Throughout the rest of the enclosure you will want a temperature of 26-28c.(Please use a thermostat with all heat providers)
UVB: This species absolutely needs a source of UVB within their enclosure, the best source is a long tube, for example a T5 tube, this is so the UV rays can travel around the entire enclosure and not just one spot! The UV exposure should be around 6-10%, being left on for 10-12hrs like the heating. Depending on the source you use you may need to replace the tube/bulb every 6-12months.Both the heat and UVB should be switched off at night to allow for a more natural day/night cycle.
Diet and Water:
Water Dragons are Omnivorous (meaning they eat plants/veg, meat and insects). Their main diet will consist of insects such as locusts, crickets and Dubia roaches with the occasional fattier insects like wax worms. A small plate of leafy greens can be given a few times a week and meat, primarily pinkies, can be given once or twice a week but should not be their main diet.
A large water bowl is very important, these animals love to swim or wade into their water, using it to become hydrated and help shed, a large bowl along side daily misting is perfect.
You can keep this species in a communal enclosure if you wish however you can not keep two males together as they will become extremely aggressive and territorial towards each other. Females can be kept together successfully but monitoring them when introduced for the first time is important, finally one male can be kept in a harem of female but the risk of mating is present.
1- Head Shape
Male C. Water Dragons= will usually have a more triangular and large head compared to a female.
Female C. Water Dragons= will have a smaller and less obviously shaped head.
2- Jowls and Throat Colour
Male C. Water Dragons= larger jowls (cheeks) that are more round and protruding with some spikes on the jowls.
Female C. Water Dragon= Smaller, more flat jowls that are not protruding with no spikes.
Male C. Water Dragon= a more colourful throat with pink, yellow and turquoise shades, they may have orange colours on the back of their front legs.
Female C. Water Dragon= none of the above
3- Spines and Crests
Male C. Water Dragon= much longer and pointy crests along the back, tail and neck.
Female C. Water Dragon= the crests will be short and small.
4- Body Size and Shape
Male C. Water Dragon= Bigger, fuller and a more triangular shaped body.
Female C. Water Dragon= a smaller, slimmer and more rounded body.
5- Femoral Pores
Male C. Water Dragon= More prominent, visible and bumpy pores.
Female C. Water Dragon= May be visible but will be feint, smooth nd small.