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    Default waterdragons Couldnt resist showing all this, so cute!

    Had to put this one on because its just one of those pics which speaks volumes. These are wally and penelope, two waterdragons poised at the opened door ready to pounce and reak havoc, running about the house for a couple of hours. They are deluded/ confused a little as they seem to think they can fly, something i have to be concerned with to avoid visits to the vet. At this particular moment they are sussing out the movement on tv and scanning the area for eagles.

    The little chap below their feet is a fruit beetle (pachnoda marginata). They are not keen on the beetles much but the larvae/ grubs 1-2" burrow in the soil and bark and the dragons are constantly digging for a post lunch pre supper snack.
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    Love the picture of the water dragons. Are they fairly tame? What else do they eat beside grubs/larvae? Betty :-)

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    They are adorable.

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    Thanks betty! They have become very tame and will roost on my shoulder like a budgie. I reared them from 6 weeks old and 2012 will be their 7 th birthday. They still retain a few instinct factors such as using their 2 foot tail as a whip when nervous, angry, defensive or startled and are very observant and cautious. Activity outside can sometimes freak them and they run on their back two legs to find cover, darkening their colour to blend into a shaded dark hiding place. They are brother and sister and luckily unlike rodents instinctively avoid any need/ chance of mating. They sleep on top of one another at night and will bathe together. They also play and have disagreements.

    As they have been spoiled rotten they have acquired a fussy diet and will be picky and choosey. They eat hoppers/locusts, crickets, mice, chicks, slugs, varying larvae, woodlice, spiders, moths, silkworms, butterworms, earthworms and more. Very carnivorous.

    Their bathwater (used as a toilet aswell) is used for the orchids.

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    I completely agree with you Jonada! Thanks!

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    Apparently betty they like cockroaches aswell but never in a million years will they pass through my front door.

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    Wow Matt if like this your environment very clean no bug or cockroach any more lovely water dragon, is it difficult to care of them

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    I wouldnt say difficult Zain, pretty much as with orchids with a need for research, the right equipment, the right approach and procedures and a substantial amount of time. I think its time that is more of an issue Zain and they live for 15 -20 years. And Yes 'lol' no bug is safe with these around. Having the space aswell is a concern as they need a very large enclosure not like a bearded dragon in a 4ft by 3 ft or a gecko 1-2ft sized tank. As in the name, a water source area/ pool/ pond is required, they love a swim and a dip and serves as an aid for their skin care. The male will dig and dig with dirt everywhere up the glass doors but will bathe several times to keep clean.

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    Thanks Matt for the info very interesting creatures.Lovely.

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    I like your green friends Matt. AL

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