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Old 09-25-2004, 10:45 PM
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Chinese Water Dragons

Hey Everyone! How are ya'all? I'm considering possibley getting a Chinese Water Dragon. I have some questions...Are CWDs hard to care for? Are CWDs usually friendly (during all seasons...including breeding/sexual maturity.)? Would you recommend a CWD as a beginning lizard? Do CWDs do better housed alone, or in groups of 2? Why are CWDs prone to "nose rubbing", and what kinds of things can be done to stop it/prevent it? What are some good sites for CWD information? Where can I find a listing of CWD breeders? Thanks everyone!

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Old 09-25-2004, 11:06 PM
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never done too much reading on them, just a little for moms. I here there care and temper is close to that of iggys. They are very well tempered and get around 3 feet long if i remember correctly. hope these help

http://www.angelfire.com/dragon/theh...aresheets.html
http://www.geocities.com/herpsnstuff...terdragon.html
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wow where should I begin? LOL
Chinese waterdragons are beautiful--sweet and not too large. They get between 2-3 feet.
The problem is most are imported in some inhumane way and riddled with parasites. They require pretty large cages---and a watersource to swim/soak.
Read my care sheet on Australian Dragons to find out more:
http://redtailboa.net/index.php?modu...age&pageid=166
I really recommend them over CWDs.
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Iguana?

Hey! Thanks for the info! I didn't have a clue about all the wild-caught CWDs...that makes me definetly NOT want one! (As it would be rather hard to find a CB specimen!) So...that brings me to my next series of quesitons...(LOL) Would an Iguana possibley be a better choice? What's the major difference(s) in personality between the CWDs and IGs? I've been around large igs before (maybe about 4 ft.), and I really enjoyed them. But igs have such a bad rap as pets that I just got scared away! Please share with me some GOOD iguana information links (particularlly on socilization/handling!) Thanks SO much in advance!

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although Nicole can tell you more than me, i have never had a bad iggy. i had a female that was about 2 feet and never harmed anyone. infact i took her to school a few times and she rode my shoulder all day. Id like to think id still have her if she hadnt died giving birth
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for every wonderful green ig story there is a bad bad tale that involve blood fear and some behvior totally unexpectd, Most being male. That being said MNAY iguanas who are in a GOOD rehab place make GREAT pets because you have
a)skipped over the bad stuff and went straight into a great relationship with an animal who has been evaulated
b) been through any type of problem if one exists and in now ready for a home.

IG and WD's look a liitle alike as babies but that's about it.
Igs get BIG...need BIG cages. WD's get to a managable size you fall in love and yet I can almost guantee problems at some point...vet bills are in your future man. Only you can say whether it's worth it.
With ig's, getting a behaviorly healthy one I gave 2 choices:
Go to a REPUTABLE breeder (good luck reputable breeders do not breed green igs OR green wd's)...OR go to a REHAB and adopt a captive that is full grown and has been EVALUATED and if possible, socially adjusted to be adopted out.
Buying from a petstore almost always gives you a captive with problems--problems that are not so apparaent when the animal is a baby.
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