How do you care for a frilled dragon?


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A frilled dragon needs a large habitat with modified heating, lighting and humidity. Although they are omnivores, a healthy diet consists mostly of insects and other invertebrates dusted with vitamin supplements. Water should always be available for bathing and drinking.

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Juvenile frilled dragons up to 1 foot long can be housed in a 20-gallon aquarium. Adult males grow up to 3 feet long and need much larger enclosures. A cage measuring 3 feet long, 2 feet wide and 4 feet high is the minimum size for an adult, and it should be even larger if two or three frilled dragons are housed together. The substrate can be paper towels, newspapers or reptile carpet, or it can be a mix of coco-fiber, bark, cypress mulch and play sand. A network of branches gives the lizard a choice of basking sites. UVB bulbs and basking lights need to create an ambient temperature of 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit and a basking temperature of 100 to 115 F. Regular misting provides the necessary humidity.

Frilled dragons prefer a diet of live invertebrates such as crickets, roaches, caterpillars, silkworms and super-worms. A dusting of calcium and vitamin D3 supplement should be used every day for juveniles and every other day for adults. Every two weeks, they can be given small mice. They can be given salad and fruit once a week, but if the live insects are gut-loaded, the fruit and vegetable supplement is not necessary.

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