These are some pictures of my Chinese water dragon Spike, I got him 3 weeks ago from someone who was keeping him in a 20 gallon tank with only a small bowl of water, a light bulb, aspen bedding, and feeding him shrimp pellets. They only fed him crickets in the summer from a bait shop. Needless to say he was in a very bad place.
Now that we have him we've got him in a 6 foot long tank with plans to make it 5 feet tall (right now it is 2 feet). We are feeding him gut-loaded crickets, meal worms, and wax worms. We bought the Mega Ray heat projector which I love, it is soooo much better than the heat emitter. We also bought the Mega Ray SB flood UVB lamp and the full spectrum High definition tube light. Their products are great, and they are very helpful if you call them and ask questions. Everyone should try their bulbs. The website is Welcome To ReptileUV - Mega-RayŽ UVB lamps for reptile lighting worldwide, thanks to the person who told me about them.
I want to post pictures of him to get everyone's opinion on him. I know that he has not grown right because of his unfavorable conditions. They told me they thought he was about 3 years old but he is only 14 inches long. His tail is blunt on the end and is brown, a few of his spikes are missing. I'm sure he has not shed in a while if at all.
My question is; Now that he is in the right conditions, will he start shedding and growing normally? Also, do you think it is a male? I am new at this so I need some help. I have been looking at other pictures of Chinese Water Dragon and they are much longer than this one is. If he is 3 years should he be much longer than 14 inches? Please give me your opinion as to if he looks normal or not. Also, it looks like he is starting to shed around his spikes. He also missing a front toe, the previous owner thought that he was born that way.