CWDs are tree-dwelling, omnivorous lizards from Asia. As their name suggests, they are proficient swimmers! Adult males are bluer, exhibit peach-colored armpits, maroon throats, and large nuchal crests on their heads. Male and female juveniles cannot be distinguished visually.
Interesting facts: The genus name Physignathus means "bag jaw". This refers to the balloon-like appearance of adult CWD jowls.
CWDs have been known to live approximately 15 years. That means Richard and I are in it for the long haul!
Female CWDs, like many other lizards, can lay unfertilized eggs, much like chickens do.
In some parts of Asia, CWDs are sold in markets as food.
CWDs can change their color, though not as dramatically as chameleons.
The Australian cousins of CWDs are known as Eastern Water Dragons. There are two subspecies.
Although CWDs somewhat resemble iguanas, they are not closely related at all.
Richard is a special animal. He has brought us endless joy, and we like to share our love for him in hopes that others may see how interesting-- and indeed lovable -- lizards can be.
Birthday ("buy"-day): October 2, 2007
Favorite place: closet
Funny habits: pretending to be asleep as soon as he sees that I am going to bother him (the nerve!), the "peepee dance" he does right before he goes to the bathroom
Other favorites: hangers, clothing, laundry baskets
Laudable skills: drinking from a cup, recognizing the tube I coat insects with calcium in