How to Take Care of a Chinese Water Dragon: 14 Steps
A normal incandescent bulb will not do the job, however what is the right uvb lamp for a Chinese water dragon? There is a lot of information and a lot of missinformation on the internet. So I can understand if you might be a little bit confused when it comes to this topic.
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A Chinese Water Dragon needs its heat. You should keep the temperature during the day between 83 to 88 degrees F. There should be a basking spot reaching 90 degrees F. At night, the temperature should be between 75 to 80 degrees F. Keep the day light on a 12 hour cycle, and 14 during the colder months. You should keep the humidity in the Chinese Water Dragon habitat around 80%. Do not let it reach above 85 to 90% under any circumstances, as high humidity may cause respiratory problems. Your Dragons will need full spectrum lighting. Having both UVA and UVB light will allow the Dragon to get the vitamins it needs.Chinese water dragons thrive well in enclosures that are warm and humid. They need lots of water in their captive environment to stay comfortable. The cage material you use to house your water dragon should be one that helps retain humidity. Housing Chinese water dragons becomes easier if you provide the ideal conditions required by your pet.A large enclosure is a must for Chinese Water Dragons. The length of the tank should be at least twice the length of the dragon. Since they need water to swim, a glass aquarium is a good option. The top must be fully screen. You could easily provide a screen enclosure, but would have to make sure to supply enough water for the dragon. Screen enclosures also provide good ventilation to avoid stagnant air. If you are not using water on the bottom of the enclosure, potting soil, sand and peat moss are good substrates. You must provide large branches and other objects for the Chinese Water Dragons to climb and perch on.Chinese water dragons are one of the most exotic reptile pets. If you have brought one home, you need fairly large amount of space for it to move around with ease. You can think about getting a mate for your dragon only when you have adjusted to your first pet.If you have decided to breed your Chinese water dragons, you must ensure that your pets are mature and have a clean bill of health. Normally all dragons look female when they are young. You are able to differentiate between the male and female only when the dragon is approximately eighteen months. Every female dragon lays eggs after she is sexually mature, however the eggs are fertile only if there has been copulation with a male dragon.You also need to give a good supply of calcium to your egg laying female dragon. Calcium is a crucial element to shell the eggs together. Normally gravid females (those carrying eggs) should be given a calcium supplement on a daily basis. It is also important that you maintain the light requirements in the pet’s enclosure. This is because Chinese water dragons need UVB light to absorb dietary calcium.