Frilled Dragon Care Guide

    Frilled dragons require specialized care that takes practice & patience to perfect.  Their large enclosures and hefty appetites makes them most suited for the intermediate to experienced reptile keeper.  See subsections for details.

    It is highly recommended to check out forums for additional information (TheFrilledDragon and RepticZone).  Frilly owners there are extraordinarily helpful, and it's a great resource for getting specific answers.  It's also beneficial to look at other peoples' enclosures and get their opinions on care, and just fun overall to share pictures and ideas. 

    Online suppliers are generally much less expensive than retail stores.  The majority of supplies can be purchased from websites such as:

    • LLLReptile
    • Pet Mountain
    • Big Apple Herp

    Most non-pet-specific supplies such as building materials and plants & decorations are generally less expensive and sometimes higher quality at non-pet stores, such as Home Depot or Michael's.  

◄► Brief summary of care ◄►

     They require a large enclosure, a minimum of 3'x2'x4' (length, depth, height) or equivalent.  It should be made of a material that retains heat and humidity (not screen or glass) and will hold up in a humid environment with damp substrate. 

    Give them lots of things to climb on, large sturdy branches at least twice as wide as them work great.  Utilize all surfaces and minimize large three-dimensional empty spaces.

Heat & Lighting:
    They like it hot and bright.  Any cool areas of the enclosure should be a min of 80° F, hot end should be 110°-120° F.  They do require UVB light.  A mercury vapor bulb for a large enclosure is great, and a 10.0 reptisun long tube bulb works well for smaller enclosures.  Night temps should stay above 75°F - if nighttime supplementary heat is required, use a source that does not produce light, such as ceramic heat emitter.

Food & Nutrition:
    These large lizards are almost purely insectivorous, so be prepared for them to eat a lot.  Best to raise your feeders, Dubia roaches are recommended, hornworms, crickets, & superworms are also options.

Additional Care Sheets:

No one care sheet should be considered complete and accurate.  They are all based on an individual's unique experience and personal preferences.  Here are a few good write-ups, be sure to search for more to get a well-rounded view.