Discussion in 'General Lizards' started by pilotx, Oct 30, 2008.
Can someone tell me what these are, the pet store said they were chinees tree dragons.........
Never seen them - but i just did a google image search for "chinese tree dragons" - and the pics that popped up are the same lizard...so i guess thats what they are
I find that interesting as the claws aren't short and stuby like other tree dwelling species of lizard. Usually lizards with long claws are the ground dwellers.
you should see the colors when they're 100% happy, floerecent green stripes for the male and the female is all bright green with black and white square spots.....................really neat!
I have them in a huge tank and I wanted to introduce some friends, what would you recommend?...........
I never recommend mixing species. They usually have different husbandry requirements, and can often stress or be stressed by other species in the tank. It should only be attempted by experts.
They look a LOT like Japalura Splendida to me, hope that helps. They come up under various common names. Here is a caresheet that was sent to me by a guy a while ago:
Species: Japalura Splendida
Introduction: A relative of the water dragons, they are found in elevated tropical climates within China,
usually in the treetops or upon the trunks. Adults reach lengths of about eight inches.
Enclosure: Since Tree Dragons only get about 8" long, a 20-gallon "high" aquarium would give this lizard
plenty of room for climbing. It is necessary to include artificial plants and climbing limbs. Without plants and
places to hide, the tree dragon will be under a lot of stress. Stress in any animal can lead to sickness and even
death. Most of them that we have had adjust quickly and are out and about all the time but we still give them
foliage to hide in if they feel it necessary.
Substrate: Mats are recommended to avoid impaction of the gut, which can happen with other substrates and
lead to death. When they go after crickets they don’t seem to care what else is in their mouth. If you don’t like
mats use something BIG that they cannot swallow.
Heating: Tree Dragons enjoy almost room temperature weather, the ideal basking temp is 75°-80° Fahrenheit.
The ambient temperature should be from the low to mid 70's. The quickest way to kill a Japalura Splendida is
to over heat it. Several exhibitors at a reptile show ask me how mine were so healthy and they could not even
keep them. It turned out they were heating them as a tropical lizard and I was only using a UVB and no heat.
Lighting: UVB is REQUIRED. 7.0 UVB is minimum. 10.0 UVB if the cage is tall. The more UVB the brighter
the light green seems to get.
Humidity: They enjoy and thrive in a very humid environment. A large water dish is required as well as
multiple spray bottle mistings per day. They love to gather in a big water dish and will stay in there a long time,
all lined up around the edge. My wife calls it a “hot tub party”.
Diet: Chinese Tree Dragons are pure insectivores. Dusted crickets, superworms, the occasional waxworm, &
etc. will keep them well fed. They are voracious eaters. Any decline in appetite is a reason to worry.
They are the same species......or so I think.........I would like to try mixing some day but need more experience. The female has a different pattern........there is still two stripes on the back but its sort of broken up into squares..............the pet store sold them as a pair............sorry I wasn't more specific and thank you for the advice.
thank you for that......................I am confused tho, the male loves shade and not alot of heat and the female is as high as she can get to the heat lamp, only 60W. .......could they be a different species........?
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