Did You Know?
The Chinese name for the Red Panda is "hunho" or firefox.
Adult water dragons are various shades of green depending on their environment and stressors that may affect the animal. The body is slightly flattened with well-developed limbs that have sharp-clawed digits, 5 on each foot. They have relatively large eyes with orange irises. The water dragon has an additional sensory organ located on the top of its head; this “parietal eye” is sensitive to changes in light and dark and may stimulate hormone production and aid in thermoregulation. It is sometimes referred to as a “pineal eye” or “third eye.”
The Chinese water dragon can be found basking in the branches of trees and bushes along the riverbank or in burrows in the riverbank. They typically live in groups with one dominant male and several females. The male is very territorial, and when necessary will attempt to fight off other males. If a Chinese water dragon is threatened or nervous, it will take refuge in the water, and they are capable of remaining underwater for 25 minutes or longer.
One male lives at PPZ. He was born in 2006, and was a private donation to the zoo.