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Chinese Water Dragon

Chinese water dragons are a species of lizards belonging to the agamid family, found in China and mainland Southeast Asia. They are diurnal and very much arboreal. They are good swimmers too.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Agamidae
    Genus Physignathus
    Scientific Name Physignathus cocincinus


    Other Names Asian Water Dragon, Thai Water Dragon, Green Water Dragon
    Length Up to 1m
    Weight 1 – 2 lbs
    Color Light to dark green, sometimes purple, stomach is orange, body has turquoise or green diagonal stripes, tail has green and white bands from  the middle to the end; white, off white, pale green, or pale yellow undersides while throat is  blue and purple, or peach; presence of a small iridescent photosensitive spot between the eyes
    Distribution China, Thailand,  Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma
    Habitat Lowland and highland forests, banks of streams and freshwater lakes
    Diet Mostly insects, sometimes small fish, mammal or reptile, also feed on vegetation
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes  hibernation
    Predators Birds
    Breeding Season End of winter or early spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 6 to 15 eggs
    Incubation Period 60 to 65 days
    Reproductive Age Males: Around 8 months
    Females: Around 1 year
    Average Lifespan 10 to 15 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on October 22nd 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th August 2018.

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