Chinese Water Dragon

Physignathus cocincinus

  • Classification: Reptile
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-20yrs
  • Length: 2-3ft
  • Range: Southeastern Asia
  • Habitat: Riparian
    • Diet in the Wild: Opportunists: lizards, small mammals, insects, plants
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, roaches, veggies, fruit, mealworms, snails, crickets

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The Chinese water dragon reaches lengths of up to 3 feet, although 70 percent of their body is comprised of their very long tail. They use their tale for balance and leverage when jumping and climbing. Water dragons are arboreal and if threatened they will drop from a tree into the water to make their getaway. They are proficient swimmers and they can hold their breath underwater for up to 25 minutes.