Regarded as one of the most unique lizard species in the hobby, the Sailfin Dragon has made a huge resurgence in recent years. Up until 2010 99% of the Sailfins sold in the trade were wild caught imports. Now that they are being bred in captivity, they are showing up in more collections across the US. That being said, there is still very little known about this species, other than their skittish temperament as babies and juveniles is something that must be tolerated in order to have a handleable adult. They are also known for having very timid feeding responses.
This is a semi-arboreal species, spending most of its time in Mangrove roots, and shorter trees generally no more than 6-8 feet off the ground. As juveniles they feed primarily on insects and baby rodents, but as adults they will consume larger insects, such as feeder roaches. They also feed on larger rodents, including adult mice. This species achieves a moderate adult length of 30-36″. Adults also develop impressive sails on their backs and at the base of their tails. These are more defined in adult males, as they are used in attracting breeding females. Both males and females use these to aid in the cooling process to help with their thermal regulation.