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I have seen a lot of sites and people that feed their dragons mice. Is this better for them, or just up to the owners choice, or the Dragon's preference. Like meal worms, or crickets. Thanx, I just took in a dragon that was eating worms, and crickets, but they ran out and didn't have the money to get more, and hasn't eaten in about a week. I can't get him to eat either of them now. I was wondering if I should try a pinkie mouse.

You may want to take the dragon to a veterinarian, if it hasn't eaten in a week, and is now refusing its normal food.

Water dragons can be fed insects (crickets, zophobas worms, silk worms, etc), earthworms/nightcrawlers (often sold for fishing), strips of fresh tilapia fish (not previously frozen), and mice or baby rats.  They also eat some vegetation - they're particularly fond of edible flowers, such as nasturtiums, dandelion flowers, etc. Some dragons like greens more than others - an iguana or bearded dragon salad mix may be accepted.  Usually only adult dragons will eat greens.

A reptile that has just been moved to a new home may need a week to settle in, but if you have a new photo, I may be able to tell you whether the dragon's body condition is something to be concerned about.  (In other words, whether you can afford to wait for him to adjust, or he needs immediate vet care).


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Donna Fernstrom


My particular focus is on snakes and lizards, but I have a decent smattering of knowledge of turtles and crocodilians as well, plus the experience to get relevant information quickly if I don't have it on hand in my brain. I can answer questions on captive care, diet, breeding, incubation of eggs, starting hatchlings, and more. I am particularly experienced with ball pythons, Lygodactylus geckos and other small lizards with similar care requirements, leopard geckos, and garter snakes.


I am a professional breeder of ball python morphs, Lygodactylus (dwarf) geckos, and mourning geckos. I have begun working with Irian Jaya carpet pythons, and plan to expand to include more gecko species in the future. I also have a background breeding leopard geckos, and have kept several other species of small lizards, snakes, and a water turtle.

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I have many care sheets published on my own website.

High School Graduate. Extensively self-taught due to high interest in wildlife and reptile care.

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