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How do you care for a Chinese water dragon?

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Care for your Chinese water dragon by providing it with the necessary habitat and food. Daily care takes approximately 15 minutes spread out over time. The necessary supplies are a tank, substrate, branches, water pool, insects, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.

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  1. Set up housing

    Select a tank that is a minimum 6 feet long, 5 feet tall and 3 feet deep. Add substrate such as newspaper that holds and releases humidity. Chinese water dragons like to climb, so include several branches in the tank. Add a large pool of water.

  2. Watch the heat and humidity

    Chinese water dragons prefer 60 to 80 percent humidity. Mist the tank at least once a day, and keep the pool filled. Install an overhead heat lamp. Aim for around 85 F during the day and 75 F at night.

  3. Prepare the food

    Water dragons eat insects. Gut load the insects by feeding them leafy greens, squash, apples, carrots, oranges and sweet potatoes. Sprinkle the insects with reptile multivitamin and calcium supplements.

  4. Feed the water dragon

    Juvenile water dragons need to be fed daily, while adults eat only every two to three days. Water dragons eat crickets, locusts, mealworms, butter worms, wax worms, earthworms and grasshoppers. They also eat small feeder fish, pinkie mice and king worms. Add 10 to 15 percent chopped carrots, yellow squash and sweet potatoes to their daily meal. Include a strawberry or blueberry as an occasional treat.

  5. Clean the tank

    Remove uneaten insects after two hours. Replace the water in the pool daily, cleaning the container at that time. Replace the substrate whenever it is soiled. Clean the entire tank once a month, disinfecting it with a 5-percent bleach solution. Rinse the tank thoroughly afterward.

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