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damien.kearney

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So we are adding to our collection for Xmas. Which is better choice Gippsland water dragon or a eastern water dragon?
Want the choice to be family friendly and able to be handled


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Yellowtail

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So we are adding to our collection for Xmas. Which is better choice Gippsland water dragon or a eastern water dragon?
Want the choice to be family friendly and able to be handled


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I have not kept Water Dragons for years but none of them were good to handle, they have a natural flight instinct and sharp claws. Bearded Dragons are good to handle.
 

pinefamily

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The easterns we had previously were skittish and shy. Our current one is an eating machine, so much so I have to watch my fingers.
I have heard Gippy's are ptetty much the same. Not known as good handlers.
If it's a good handler you want, a beardie, bluey, or ackie is the go.
 

Bl69aze

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I would definitely recommend beardies. You scoop em up with your hand and put them on your shoulder or keep em on your hand and they will just stay there <3

Blues imo move a lot more while handling
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The easterns we had previously were skittish and shy. Our current one is an eating machine, so much so I have to watch my fingers.
I have heard Gippy's are ptetty much the same. Not known as good handlers.
If it's a good handler you want, a beardie, bluey, or ackie is the go.
I was offered a job (most likely a joke) about a year ago if I could catch a wild eastern water dragon... I still haven’t been able to :( they are so fast and agile,
 

Imported_tuatara

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both are fast, just perenties can seriously harm someone...lol. also, blueys are usually less agile while handling, mine just sits when i'm holding her, or decides to explore.
 

Sheldoncooper

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If u put the time into them they can be good to handle. I've had water dragons handle as well as my frillys. If u don't keep it up however, they can turn feral pretty quickly. The giveaway is in the eyes

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Stompsy

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We have both. Don’t really handle them as they are all still quite small and would be a bugger to hunt down and catch if they jumped free. It all comes down to which you prefer. Bob, one of our easterns has lovely war paint but I think our little gippy is gorgeous too.
 

Sheldoncooper

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We have both. Don’t really handle them as they are all still quite small and would be a bugger to hunt down and catch if they jumped free. It all comes down to which you prefer. Bob, one of our easterns has lovely war paint but I think our little gippy is gorgeous too.
Thats the thing too if they do decide to jump and go for a run, GOOD LUCK
I had a sub adult go for a run in my messy garage a few years ago. I reckon about an hour of it darting all over the joint.

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