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Things I’ve Learned from Raising a Chinese Water Dragon

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Today is a special day because it marksย exactly one year since we’ve adopted Babadook at around age 1, so we are celebrating his second birthday today! Happy birthday my big boy!


In honor of Babadook turning 2, I’m going to share with you some old and new photos of him and some things I’ve learned after adopting him. I’ve mentioned several times before how having my first real pet has changed my life in ways I never expected. Our not-so-little (but very cute) Babadook has brought smiles to my face even during my worst days, and I’ve come to realize the great things I’ve learned just from being a proud mommy to a Chinese water dragon. ๐Ÿ™‚

I actually love reptiles.


Babadook at age ~1 when we first adopted him!

One of my exes had a snake and I was never fond of him. I immediately generalized and told myself that I hated all reptiles… up until a few months into having Babadook in my life! Now, I find myself wanting more water dragons, and some geckos, bearded dragons, and chameleons. If I had my own house already, I’d probably be having all of the above! Reptile room, please!

Babadook has grown tremendously since the day we got him. When we took him home, he barely had any spikes, a crest, or a belly… and now he has all of the above! His colours have morphed over time as well.

The reptile community is pretty tight… as in, cool, but also a niche market.

Unlike the fashion community which is extremely saturated, the reptile (specifically Chinese water dragon) community is super tight & actually talks about Babadook. I started an Instagram account for himย just for funย (you should totally follow him if you haven’t already… I promise you’ll fall in love with him!),ย and in about half a year he’s already garnered almost 2,000 loyal and active followers!ย Not that the number of followers defines his worth or amazingness, but he doesn’t even know how popular he is!ย I’ve made a couple friends with other reptile moms off of online Chinese water dragonย communities and surprisingly talk to them more regularly than my local friends.


Babadook’s most recent photoshoot on 4/8/16 by David Potter

In fact, I just met one of my closest ones last week — Tara of @duttontara on Instagram, in person and was SO stoked. I really love her because she was one of the first people I met after joining the reptile community, and she also really helped guide me in caring for Babadook when we first got him. He fell in love with her after meeting her too! Such a beautiful person inside and out. <3

#Withdrawals is a real thing & it’s hard to go on vacation.


Not only is it hard to find someone trustworthy to watch him and feed him live food, it’s hard to be apart from him for so long! Even just a day feels like forever. And when I’m away from home for work, I’m always thinking about him and wondering what he’s doing… anyone else do this with their pets?!

Pets make great companions.


Babadook a couple months after he became a part of our family

They won’t talk back or argue, they will listen to your rants (Babadook does a good job making sure he doesn’t look irritated at least), they’ll hang out with you when you want them to, and they’ll always be home patiently waiting for you.ย I haven’t had to deal with any drama with Babadook yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ย Not going to lie — before becoming a reptile mom, I never understood how people could love their pets so deeply like they’d love another human being. Now, my love for Babadook is like a mommy’s love to her son! Owning a pet is definitely aย great lifeย lesson, priceless experience, and much more! I look forward to more adventures and learning more with him.

CWDs are a lot more complicated than they seem.


They don’t leave a huge mess of fur everywhere like cats and dogs do (probably a large contributing factor to why I love them so much), but they do require a ton of humidity and specific temperatures in their habitat, which also needs to be a certain size. They need a bunch of logs and trees to climb and hide in, water to drink and swim in, and most importantly, they are social animals and need the interaction. Chinese water dragons are surprisingly tame and have vivid personalities if you take the time to get to know them. Their shedding process is pretty interesting and looks especially cool when my boyfriend photographs it… ๐Ÿ˜‰


Photo by David Potter

There you have it… something a little different from my usual posts — some things I’ve learned from being a proud mom to a Chinese water dragon. Do you have a pet? What are some things you’ve learned after becoming aย parent to a beloved pet?

Featured Image by David Potter

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  • Shelley Palmer
    April 13, 2016

    Beautiful! I never thought of myself as someone who would love reptiles until I got them. I started with Olive my veiled chameleon and a month later wanted another reptile and that’s when I fell in love with Chinese Water Dragons, so we got Drake the dragon! He is about 6 months old.
    We love following all Babadooks posts!
    I also have 3 dogs who are like my children. Pets Rock! They complete me.

    • Sharon Wu
      April 14, 2016

      Hi Shelley!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Chinese water dragons are awesome! Babadook is very grateful to his fans like you. Thank you very much xoxo

  • Roger
    December 26, 2016

    Almost a year late, which seems creeperesque, but if the shoe fits, right? To get a water dragon as a first reptile was quite the step. They are a little more responsiblility than a beardie. As I am typing this a doobie runs across my floor, ah the life of a dragon owner. I would take mine out and he would stay on my shoulder for the most part, even took him in for for my kids show and tell. They really are the greatest pet. And they don’t talk back like children. Great article Sharon, way to get the dragon some awesome publicity.

    • Sharon Wu
      December 29, 2016

      I love my Babadook so much! Omg I saw a baby dragon at Petco that was surprisingly healthy and was soooo tempted. The bf promises to let me when we get back from our travels mid 2017… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • shawn
        April 8, 2017

        I love cwds too and im a newyorker. They pretty cool reptiles. My cwd is still small I watch over him like a real baby. IShaun make sure he get the right temperature cause in newyork weather change. But I like your story and you have nice healthy dragon. Im just trying to keep mine nice and healthy like yours. This is my first cwd. Nice dragon

        • Sharon Wu
          April 10, 2017

          Oh that’s so cool! My Babadook is literally my baby too even though he’s huge now lol. Way bigger than in these photos when I wrote this post! ๐Ÿ˜› Thank you for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

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