Striped water dragons are from Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Striped water dragons also occur in NW Australia.
The scientific Genus name has changed over the years from: Physignathus to Lophognathus, to most recently, Gemmatophora sometimes spelled Grammatophora--while the species name, temporalis, remains the same. This should help you if you want to look up the scientific name in books or the net!
They don't grow as large as the green water dragons, males reaching a total length of 18", females slightly smaller. Males tend to have a larger head, some have salmon coloring on their bellies, & tend to be more skittish than the typical green water dragon.
They seem to do well on the typical insectivorous diet (i.e., mealworms, crickets, earthworms, bugs in general). They're also great swimmers, so you might want to try some small feeder fish or cray fish. And, as always, make sure he/she is deparasitized by the local reptile vet, otherwise wild caught animals usually don't make it too long.
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.
Mar, 19, 2010
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