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Because of their size, water monitors require spacious, well-constructed enclosures. Captive water monitors should be provided with a container of water large enough to permit soaking along with sturdy branches for climbing and basking. The asian water monitor (varanus salvator), also called common water monitor, is a large varanid lizard native to south and southeast asia. It is one of the most common monitor lizards in asia, ranging from sri lanka and coastal northeast india to indochina, malay peninsula, and indonesian islands where it lives close to water. The chinese water dragon (physignathus cocincinus) is a medium sized lizard native to southeast asia. Countries they are commonly found in are thailand, malaysia, cambodia and of course, china. Chinese water dragons can grow to sizes of 36 inches for males, and up to 24 inches for females. Asian water dragons have been identified as an invasive species in hong kong, likely due to the release of unwanted pets. Reptile discovery center staff at the smithsonians national zoo have identified facultative parthenogenesis, the ability of a sexually reproducing species to sometimes produce offspring asexually, in this species. Water dragons live in areas with average humidity levels of 4080 and temperatures ranging from 8090 f (2632 c). Diet edit though they will also eat vegetation, the diet of the water dragon consists mainly of insects, supplemented with an occasional small fish, mammal or reptile. The care of the australian water dragon (physignathus lesueurii) is apparently similar to that of the chinese water dragon. Lizard care sheets argentine tegu (tupinambis merianae) care sheet argus monitor (varanus panoptes horni) care sheet asian water dragon (physignathus cocincinus) care sheet bearded dragon (pogona vitticeps) care sheet blue tail monitor (varanus doreanus) care sheet blue tongue skink (tiliqua gigasscincoides) care sheet colombian tegu or golden tegu (tupinambis teguixin) care sheet.