Chinese Water Dragon Breeding
Chinese Water Dragon breeding is done successfully in captivity but certain measures have to be taken for successful and natural breeding. Owners usually think that when the time comes the male will mate female and the then the female will lay eggs, however the story is different and the owner has to make an environment for the Chinese Water Dragon breeding. Before they breed they must hibernate. In hibernation temperature must be kept lower for a certain time period.
The breeding pair must be at least two years and they should be in excellent condition which includes good length, weight and built. Before you put them in hibernation, it is recommended you take them to vet for check up and consult.
Hibernation can be made at the time of early winters or late fall for the Chinese Water Dragon breeding. The owner must reduce the basking and other lights time period in daylight from 14 hours to 10 hours. There should be 10 hours of light and 14 hours of darkness, the temperature in day time should be 75F to 78F and during nighttime it should be 65F to 74F which is ideal for Chinese Water Dragon breeding. With time passage the owner should reduce the quantity of feeding and gradually should start feeding once a week only. This way the lizards will go under hibernation and they should keep this way for 2 months. After 2 months gradually the lighting settings and temperature settings can be restored and feeding quantity can be increased.
Once the routine of the lizards gets back on track, after a few weeks the male will show dominance sign and will mate with the female Chinese Water Dragon. The signs which the male will show are head bobbing, chasing female around, and aggression. Later the male will climb on female’s back will grasp the female’s neck by its mouth and then will mate for 10 to 12 minutes.
If one does not want to put their Chinese Water Dragon into hibernation they can then keep the male and female away and then introduce them both once in a while which can encourage the male to breed. If the male and female fight or show aggression towards each other during mating then they should be separated. During mating course females usually suffer injuries on their heads, especially on their crests. Because the male bites the neck and hangs on to the female crests many of the females get injured during the process. Many expert breeders use first aid bandit on the female’s crests in order to protect it from injuries during mating.
The female Chinese Water Dragons:
Those owners who have female Chinese Water Dragon, their attention ids required here. Whether the female has mated or not mated with male Chinese Water Dragon, they will lay eggs however those eggs won’t be viable because they are not fertilized. These females are called gravid dragons. If you notice your female is having a swollen belly and is not eating enough this means she is having eggs in her which are compressing her digestive system. During this period the female must be given with extra amount of calcium and vitamins because she starts to reduce weight and also becomes weaker. The female get back to normal health once she lays eggs.
After 2 months of mating the female will lay eggs. Before two to three weeks of egg laying, the owner can see eggs visible in the female’s belly. At this point the female’s belly get’s pale because of the extension and the owner can see and also feel the eggs. Once the owner notices this physical appearance, then they can start preparing the enclosure for where the female will lay her eggs. For the preparation, the owner can add extra amount of sand in one area which the female can use to bury her eggs. This area filled with sand must be deep so that the eggs can be buried and the soil must be a little moist. This step is important otherwise the female will not lay the eggs. To know which is the exact time for the female to lay her eggs, the owner will notice her digging at different places, this is the time when she would be about to lay her eggs.
Once the female has laid her eggs, the owner can then pick the eggs up along with soil with the help of a scooper or a spoon; do not touch them with bare hands at all. Place them at least an inch apart from each other in the incubator with temperature 85F to 87F. The eggs must be partially buried in the vermiculite and it must be moistened every day.
If one doesn’t want to use the incubator, they can leave the eggs in the enclosure but must provide them with the proper environment to hatch successfully. The eggs hatch 66 days later after being laid. But this may only happen if the eggs are provided with proper temperature and humidity. Sometimes it may take 80 days to hatch too.
If the eggs have hatched in the incubator, then the hatchlings must be kept in a separate enclosure. If the eggs have hatched in the enclosure same to that of parents then they must be separated as there were reports of parents eating their young.
This was the detailed information about Chinese Water Dragon breeding.