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I am ... very happy with your plans, the organization that you have put into it and I am extremely happy with the response I have gotten from you when I have encountered a problem.
It sure does save money. At the same time it allows me and others like me to experience making the cage for our animal (animals) that we care so much about. I think that when someone takes the time to sit down and make something like this for their animal it really shows how much they care for them and respect them.

With your plans you can also alter the cage to each and everyone's specifications, or needs. I think what you are doing is wonderful and I want to thank you again.

Robert Hansford


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Spent $108.00 at Lowes, another $65.00 at Home Depot buying things that Lowes didn't have..... Spending time with my son in a hardware store.... PRICELESS!"


"Overall, the best thing I have found from the cage designs... is that:
They work!!!!

They allow you to view and touch your Iguana from all sides, This is a must!

Once you have the material list you don't go back to the hardware store.

Just follow the instructions and it comes out perfect.

Your maintenance will be much easier.

Your iguana will thank you

Once again, you will have built something cool. "

Regards and best to all our Green Iguana friends, Lance and Joey Portwood Glidden, Texas ".


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So you want to buy a bearded dragon?

Many people buy animals on impulse, without first fully considering all of the needs of the animal and their ability to care for it. This is especially true of the larger exotics such as Burmese Pythons and Iguanas.

This has been a problem over the last few years with turtles of a variety of species, iguanas and larger snakes.

Parents who buy their children a pet turtle often hadn't considered the size it would get to (12-18" carapace length), or the amount of cleaning required, the size of the tank it will need and the life span, which can be many, many years. Our snake-necked tortoise is 8 years old and will reach 40 years plus with good care.

Turtles feed in the water and are mainly carnivorous. Any uneaten food soon turns the water bad and the cage soon needs to be cleaned out virtually daily (a good tip is to put small fish in the water that will eat any uneaten food – unfortunately they need to be continuously replenished as the turtle also eats them)

Some of the larger turtles can have a nasty bite, with a few species being able to take fingers right off if incorrectly handled.

The long and short of it is, then, have you fully considered what you need to do to care for a bearded dragon?

One of the good things about bearded dragons is that there are no nasty surprises.

With the right care (which, incidentally, is easy to provide, and if you purchase the reptile cage plans you also get a bearded dragon care sheet) bearded dragons make ideal pets, not least because they are generally very good natured and a fascinating looking animal.

Like many reptiles, including snakes, a properly cared for bearded dragon is very unlikely to ever bite once tame. You do however need to put in some time getting the animal familiar with being handled from a young age.

Next, are you prepared financially? Keeping reptiles of any form requires a real investment first of all to get set up - a cage set up could cost you several hundred dollars if you purchase an off the shelf reptile cage and all of the fittings and accessories, although you can save a lot of money by building your own cages and set it up for much less – “How to build reptile cages” will show you a lot of money saving ideas.

Continual costs are likely to be much lower, though you may elect to start off with a small bearded dragon cage at first, and then move your beardie into a larger one as he grows.

Other than that, you'll have the odd bit of equipment to change such as the lighting tubes which should be changed every 6 months even if they haven't stopped working, because the amount of UV light they give out tends to drop after this time, even though you can't see it. Bearded dragons, like most lizards, require UV light to remain healthy.

Lastly, of course there are the ongoing costs for heating and lighting the cage, though these will not amount to much. You will also have to pay for food for feeding and maybe a visit to the vets from time to time if necessary.

Are you willing to buy and feed live food to your bearded dragon? Can you see yourself catching, handling and feeding live crickets, locusts and mealworms to your pet?

Whilst bearded dragon lizards themselves rarely put people off, seeing one munching on a live locust upsets some people, so be aware!

Do you have the time and inclination to clean out your bearded dragon cage when it is necessary - generally a partial clean-out once a week, and a proper cleaning out once a month, including disinfecting the cage and the water bowls etc?

A proper clean out means removing all the substrate and cage fittings, spraying it with a reptile-safe disinfectant spray to sterilize it, waiting for it to dry and then putting new substrate in and replacing all the cage fittings. This will take an hour or more to do so make sure you're willing to do this as it is necessary to the health of your pet.

To keep your beardie tame it will also be necessary to spend time with him daily, hand feeding him and so on, plus of course food and water should be checked and replenished kept at least once a day.

Lastly, bearded dragons have a reasonable life span - are you willing to do all this, providing the very best care available, for his whole life?

The pet world is over-run with pet reptiles like iguanas and bearded dragons which are no longer wanted because their owner hadn't thought about them properly.

Please don't add another one to the list.

Now, if you're really sure you want a bearded dragon, the first thing you should do is build a suitable bearded dragon habitat or purchase a cage suitable for bearded dragon housing so when you bring your bearded dragon home home it has somewhere to go.

If you purchase a beardie, treat it well and you will have many hours of enjoyment from your pet. Bearded dragons are one of the best pet reptiles to own (I own one). They are full of beans and a great delight all around.


Mark Chapple is the Author of "How to Build Reptile Enclosures"
Find out how to build a bearded dragon cage. Full color pictures, detailed diagrams and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.



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