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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


"This is going to make an 11 year old and his lizard Rex very happy".


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 ".


"Very well thought-out designs"



Bearded Dragon Winter Temperature


I have 5 bearded dragons 3 girls in a 150 gallon tank and 1 boy in 1 cage and 1 boy in another I have limited space and have to keep them all in one room which I think may be the problem I tried putting them in seprate rooms and they acted really lonelly and depressed. can you tell me what the temps should be for fall and winter months in new england?


Cool lizards. I love my beardie - I only have one - I think I need another :)

Your bearded dragon habitat should have a basking light for the day. The temperature for basking should be about 90°-110°F.

Ideally a heat mat under about 1/2 the cage should be provided, depending on where you live. Bearded dragons, being a desert animal, can tolerate fairly cool conditions at night so this is not essential if you live in a warmer climate where nightime temperatures do not fall below about 40°F. 

As you live in new england I think you may need to have a heat mat or something like a black light (one they cannot see in but still emits heat) or even a ceramic light to keep the temps up in winter. While beardies are a desert animal and can tolerate fairly cool conditions at night, you probably need to keep an eye on the night time temp when it gets really cold and ensure it stays in the 40-50 range or even a little higher.

There is a 14 page care sheet you can download from here http://www.reptile-cage-plans.com/articles/lizards/DragonCare.pdf. It was written by a breeder, but he does live in Florida where the night time temps are lot warmer. It is a good care sheet booklet though and I use it myself.

Hope this helps





Mark Chapple is the Author of "How to build enclosures for reptiles"
Find out how to build these terrestrial and arboreal cages for snakes and lizards. Full color pictures, detailed diagrams and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.


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