How Old is My Chinese Water Dragon?
This won't be exact, size and growth varies according to the health of the mother dragon while she was gravid, perhaps even incubation temps, and then the general care (heating, lighting, diet and amount of food offered each day, and calcium supplementation and general overall health) of the hatchlings or young dragons.
This chart is based on personal experience, and a couple of years of talking with fellow dragon keepers:
* svl = snout to vent length, STL = snout to tip of tail length ... intact meaning complete original tail*
Males and females both may continue to grow after reaching 2 years of age.
Two of my females have SVL over 8" and are approx. 28" long, while the smallest female is only 6.25 svl (and that's stretching it!).
Males often reach lengths of up to 36 inches in total length ... but it can take up to 5 years of age before they reach such dimensions. I believe the svl on a large male is about 12".
If you think your dragon may be small for it's age ... carefully evaluate your husbandry ... temps, diet and lighting as well as constant stress can all affect a dragons growth and health. AND ... most pet stores have no idea of how big an animal should be at what size ... so don't take what they tell you to heart. :)
Please take a moment to look at the Water dragon book selections listed below. I'm sure one of these books will help you keep your water dragon healthy.
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Green Water Dragons, Sailfin Lizards and Basilisks (General Care and Maintenance of Series) by Philippe De Vosjoli
Basic but detailed information about the care, diet, and health of green water dragons, sailfin lizards and basilisks.
Anoles, Basilisks and Water Dragons : A Complete Pet Care Manual (More Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) by Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia P. Bartlett (Contributor)
Discussion of the general care of many species of anole, basilisks and water dragons. Excellent information regarding enclosures, cage building, and insect care and breeding.
Eat This Bug : A Guide to Invertebrate Live Foods for Reptiles and Amphibians by Lynn Davis
This book is a guide for owners of reptiles and amphibians who feed insects and other live foods to their pets. Advice is offered for selecting , ordering and raising your own supply of live invertebrate foods. More than a dozen species of live foods are discussed. The book includes instructions on keeping cultures of insects, and recipes & diets for insects.
April, 10, 2012
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