Bearded Dragon Leash: Make Sure You Get A Good One

bearded dragon leashHave you ever seen a man or a woman walk his dragon in a park on a leash? No? Well, it seems that this is becoming more and more popular and you probably will see it in the near future in your park or on the internet.

Because of that I thought to myself, that I should do a little bit of research and buy such a bearded dragon leash and tell you my opinion on it.

Further I am going to tell you the dos and don´ts when it comes to such leashes.

Here is the leash I bought

I wanted to make sure to get a good leash, because I did not want to hurt my dragons when I test it. So I had a look at the Amazon customer reviews and found a very good one.
Adjustable Reptile LeashTM Harness

I took this leash, because a lot of people tested it before me and wrote a customer review on Amazon for it. Further it had a very high rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 stars.

There were also other leashes, but they did not have very good ratings, even the bestseller in this category had a very low rating, so I did not take it. When it comes to such things, I don´t compromise. I do not want to hurt my dragons or something like that.

Further I think that not even close to $10 bucks is a very good deal here. This is one of the cheapest leashes I have found.

The material

The cord does not catch on my dragons skin. Of course this is the most important aspect here. I was a little bit worried here, but to be honest, I was very surprised. The material is very soft so my beardies didn´t get hurt.

You can buy the leash in two sizes. 3 ft and 6 ft, it depends on what you need. For a garden which is very big, a 6 ft leash would be great. If you want to use it inside your house, I would go with the 3 ft leash. However that´s totally up to you.

Even if it is not that important: You can buy this leash in four different colours – Blue/Black, Orange, Pink, Yellow/Green

It was easy to put on

I have seen that some people had problems with that. Their beardies slipped out. However if you use this leash right and put it on the right way, there is no way your dragon is able to slip out.

I thought it was pretty easy, since you do not have to get your dragons legs through small holes. Took me 30 seconds.

They send you a Digital Step by Step Picture Guide

They have a really great support. On the package of this leash is a support email address. If you have any problems with this leash, simply send them an email and they will send you a step-by-step guide with pictures on how to put the leash on.

Did my dragons like it?

So the product I used was very good in my opinion, the question now is: Did my dragons like it?

My bearded dragons are pretty relaxed, I can do almost everything with them, they would not freak out. However I never used such things on them, so I wanted that they get comfortable with the leash.

I just placed the leash near their terrarium, so they could see it and get used to it for a few days. A lot of you might say that I overdid it… well, you might be right, lol.

My dragons had absolutely no problem with wearing the leash. At first they moved a little bit weird and I really had to laugh. They looked at me like: “Is this a trap, human?”, but after a while they got used to it and moved totally normal.

Who is this leash for?

dragon leashThis leash has some great benefits in my opinion. You can take your bearded dragon out and let it enjoy the real sun. If you have a garden you can let your beardie explore the environment.

This way your bearded dragon can explore and work out a little bit. In my opinion this is great if you do not have an outdoor habitat.

Further you can use this leash inside your house if you have a beardie that wants to escape all the time. You do not have to worry that it might run away and hide anywhere where you can´t reach it. This is good for you and for your bearded dragon.

What you should not do

You should not walk your bearded dragon like a dog. You have to understand that this leash is for the joy of your bearded dragon. Let your bearded dragon explore, let it enjoy its new possibilities.

Never pull on the leash! If you need to get your bearded dragon away from something only pull very gently and slowly. The material won´t hurt your dragon, but the force of your pull could, if you pull to harsh.

Besides that you should not try to make the leash “just a little bit tighter” to make sure that your dragon doesn´t escape.

My verdict

I really like the idea of that leash. It can be great for you and your bearded dragon if you use it right and you do not need to worry about that it could hurt your dragon.

Especially the model I used is very good and I love to use it. So would I recommend to buy this leash? Yeah I would.

If you are interested in this leash you can get it here.


I really hope that my little review and my tips on using a bearded dragon leash are helpful to you.

Have you ever used such a leash? Do your bearded dragons like it? Tell me about it in the comment section below. I will get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

All the best,

Pierre

Why You Must Have A Bearded Dragon Hammock

bearded dragon hammockSo in this article I want to talk about an awesome addition for your bearded dragon habitat: The bearded dragon hammock. Man that thing is absolutely awesome. 🙂

Bearded dragons are one of the most popular reptiles you can have as pets. I mean it is not really a surprise, they look like small dragons, most of them are absolutely calm (some people want to call it “tame”) and they are also great reptiles for beginners.

However buying a bearded dragon isn´t hard, for beginners, buying the right tank can be hard, getting the right lighting can be hard, getting the right substrate can be hard. If you got all that, all you have to do is creating a great habitat for your bearded dragons.

In my opinion, the hammock is a must have for a great habitat.

The reptile hammock I use

I want to show you which hammock I use. I mean I can´t really recommend any other hammock, since I didn´t test the others yet. The only hammock I used so far was the one below.
Zoo Med Mesh Reptile Hammock, 17.5-Inch

Details

It is a soft nylon mesh, my bearded dragons never hurt themselves when they climbed on it, I think that is a very important point.

Further the material is very robust, you won´t see any loose strings which your beardie might eat or get stuck in it or something like that.

What other bearded dragon lovers say

Before I buy a product for my bearded dragons, I make sure I get to know what other bearded dragon owners say. Sometimes I just talk to a friend who also got dragons, sometimes I have a look at forums, sometimes I just look at the Amazon customer reviews.

This product has 335 customer reviews on Amazon so far and it has a high rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 stars. Further it is the Amazon Bestseller in this category.

The suction cups

A lot of people have problems with the suction cups, since they worry that the hammock is not secure for their beardies, because the suction cups get loose easily.

I totally understand that, but to be honest, I never had problems with it. In the first time I placed a soft towel below the hammock, because I was worried too, but the suction cups didn´t fell off so I removed the towel.

You have to make sure that you read the instruction completely. It says that you should soak the suction cups in hot water for 5 minutes before using them. With this method I never really had problems. If yours fell off, just do this.

If you want, you can also remove the suction cups and replace them with small command hooks made of plastic. Should only cost a few cents. However in my opinion there is no need for that.

The lizard ladder isn´t necessary

Well, of course every good product has some additional products the manufacturer wants you to buy too. The ladder isn´t bad or anything, but I just think you do not need it.

If you want to help your bearded dragon to get on the hammock, you can also just place a stone or a big piece of wood near the hammock.

So in my opinion, you do not need it, but if you like it, get it 🙂

Why I like the reptile hammock

I own bearded dragons for a very long time now. At the beginning setting up the right habitat was very hard for me, but I read many books, I talked to a lot of people, made a lot of mistakes and now setting up a cool habitat is pretty easy.

However I like to change things when it comes to my dragon habitat. I like to add new stuff to the habitat to keep my dragons busy. I want to let them explore new things. My dragons are pretty calm and relaxed, so they are absolutely fine with that. Further I can see how attentive they get when I add new things to their cage or change some things.

It can take time until your beardie climbs on the hammock

When I added the hammock to my terrarium, my dragons were very attentive, however they did not get close to the hammock for the first three weeks. I was a little bit disappointed, but I knew that this was a normal behavior.

bearded dragon hammocksAfter three weeks one of my beardies finally climbed on the hammock. At first it looked a little bit unsure, but then it just lied on the hammock with its feed hanging down. Haha I think that looks absolutely cool! 🙂

Now I even got a bigger hammock so that my beardies can lie on it together.

Please note that it can take even longer that your beardies climb on the hammock, some people say their bearded dragon needed 3 months to get used to it. Just place it in your tank and be patient.

It is so great to watch my beardies getting on the hammock

This is another point why I absolutely love the hammock. I have seen a lot of bearded dragons that stand still the whole day, not moving, just looking. Well, my bearded dragons are the opposite here, they are very active.

So the hammock was a great addition to their cage, because after they got used to it, they showed some very interesting moves. It is not only the way how they climb on the hammock. If you hang your hammock a little bit higher in your cage, you will see your bearded dragon jump on it. Yes, you read right, they will jump. (Make sure that it is not too high, you don´t want your beardies to get hurt when they fall.)

I think that might be a big surprise for all the bearded dragon owners who own a little bit more quiet and lazy dragon, haha.

To see this, you only need to make sure that your dragon already explored the hammock and loves it. Further it doesn´t take much space in your tank, since you do not have to place it on the ground. Below the hammock is still space for your beardies to run around.

So in my opinion the hammock is absolutely awesome. Let your beardie work a little bit and hang it higher, but please not so high that your dragon could get hurt when it falls.

Interested in adding this awesome hammock to your bearded dragon habitat?

Get it here at Amazon!

Your opinion?

So I hope that my little article on my experience with the bearded dragon hammock was helpful to you.

Do you already have the hammock? What do you think about it? Do you have problems with it?
Have you ever seen your beardie jump on the hammock? 🙂

Let´s talk about it in the comment section below, just leave your message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

All the best,

Pierre

Get The Coolest Bearded Dragon Background Ever!

reptile terrarium backgroundSo when I set up my first bearded dragon tank, I had a lot of problems. I needed to fix a lot of things. After I did that, I thought to myself that everything was fine now. However I noticed that my cage looked somehow empty, even with the basking spot, the food bowls and everything.

Yepp, I needed a cool bearded dragon background for my cage. I thought it would be pretty easy to find one, but in fact it was pretty hard.

Most of the really good looking backgrounds were pretty expensive and I couldn´t afford to spend another $70 just on a background. On the other hand I did not want to stick a very cheap looking, one-coloured foil on my new terrarium. So I had to do a little bit research.

Fortunately, you do not have to do the research, since I already did it for you. In this article, I show you what my favourite background for a bearded dragon tank is and I show you what you can do to avoid very high costs if you want to get a good looking background! Hope you enjoy!

Want a good looking background? Do not do this

So what is the first thing you do if you want to buy a background for your terrarium as soon as possible? Right, you run like the devil to the next pet shop and get one.

Well, this is probably the biggest mistake you can make. In our time, we fortunately have the internet which is a big help here. Why do I say that?

In the past I also ran to the pet shop and bought everything the salesperson told me, just because I thought: She/He is a salesperson in a pet shop, she/he must be right. You know what happened? The first time my new good looking background, which was absolutely recommended by the salesperson, dissolved when it got in contact with water.

You know what that cost me? It really cost me around $65! So I lost 65 bucks, just because I was too lazy to do my research and I was not patient enough to order it online and wait for it a few days to arrive. Does that sound familiar to you? Lol, tell me about it in the comment section and let´s have a laugh together :)

So if you want to get a good background, or whatever you want to get, be patient and do your research. Of course there are also very good pet shops, with salesperson who do a great job, unfortunately, however, it is the minority.

Do not use glue without doing your research!

Happened to a lot of people who owned reptiles for the first time. They got a background and used glue to fix it. After a couple of days their reptile was dead, because it inhaled the toxic gas from the glue.

I recommend to use double faced adhesive tape to fix backgrounds. You should make sure that they can´t get wet. Of course this is only for backgrounds which are placed in the cage.

If you just use a normal foil, you should tape it on the outside of your tank. Did I really need to write that sentence? Whatever ….lol

Here are my favourite backgrounds for a bearded dragon terrarium

Universal Rocks Ledge Reptile Rigid Foam Background


Universal rocks Ledge backgroundRating: 4.2 out of 5 Stars
Price: Depends on Size

So the first one is definitely one of the more expensive backgrounds for terrariums. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. The background looks so real and you can create an awesome and natural looking bearded dragon habitat with it.

Not only that this background looks best in my opinion, my bearded dragons also love to use the protruding “rocks” as a basking spot.

Especially young bearded dragons are very active and love to explore everything. Therefore this background is absolutely great, my babies climbed the rocks up and down. So even if this background is very big and protrudes into the tank a bit, you are giving your beardies more room to move.

The material is not flexible and it is very easy to clean. Just clean it with water and wait for it to dry. It normally dries within a day, but of course you can also put it in your tank when it is still a little bit wet.

If you want to buy this background, make sure to pick up some double sided tape before. The background unfortunately only comes with two small velcro strips and that is not enough to fix it in my opinion.

For whom is this terrarium background?

I recommend this background to every beardie owner who has a big tank and wants to create a very natural looking dragon habitat without cutting or trying to fit it in the terrarium.

Make sure that you get the right size for your tank!

48-Inch by 20-Inch
48-Inch by 16-Inch
30-Inch by 18-Inch
24-Inch by 16-Inch
24-Inch by 12-Inch

Get The Background In The Right Size Here!


The next background is definitely  cheaper then the first background, but it also looks extremely good in a well designed terrarium as you can see in the picture below.

 Exo Terra Background

exo terra backgroundRating: 3.8 out of 5 Stars
Price: Depends on the size (Around $10 to around $30)

This terrarium is made of non-toxic polysterine of course. I used this background not only for my bearded dragons habitats, I also used it for the terrarium of my chameleon.

In a well designed terrarium, this background looks awesome and besides that, it is definitely more affordable than the first one. You can also cut this background and adjust it to your tank if that is needed.

Other than the Universal Rocks Background, your dragons are not able to climb this background up and down. For bearded dragons this background is ideal, but I would not use it for terrariums of bigger and stronger reptiles.

The background is very foamy and it can be damaged by the claws of strong and big reptiles.

For whom is this reptile terrarium background?

I recommed this background to people who want a good looking background in their tank, but do not want to spent too much money on it.

Of course you can buy this background in many different sizes, so make sure you get the right size for your terrarium.

Get The Exo Terra Background In The Right Size!


I used the background below very often and my bearded dragon breeder uses the background below for all of his baby dragon tanks.

Zoo Med Natural Cork Tile Background

bearded dragon backgroundRating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars
Price: Depends on size. (Around $10 to $30)

As I already said, my beardie breeder uses this background for all of his tanks and in my opinion it looks very good. I also used this background before I replaced it with the Universal Rocks Ledge Background.

Some people are concerned that this background could grow mold in the tank. I can only say that I never had this problem in my tanks, the background holds up against moisture. A good friend of mine who owns chinese water dragons also uses this tank and he neither has this problem. So this is more a myth than a fact.

Further this product has a rating of 4.3 Stars out of 5 Stars on Amazon and it definitely would not get such a high rating if it would cause problems.

Please note that sometimes the cork tiles are a little bit smaller than in the description. For this I recommend to purchase it bigger than you actually need it and cut it to make it fit in your tank.

I recommend to use aquatic silicone to paste the tile to the glass. The tile can be bend when you get it and that makes it extremely hard to attach this background with normal double sided tape.

For whom is this background?

You can use this background in every terrarium. No matter what size you dragon tank is, this product will fit perfectly and it does not take much space, since the material is very thin.

Personally I like to use it in my baby tanks, since this background is pretty cheap and doesn´t take much space.

The price is definitely affordable, especially for smaller tanks.
Make sure that you get the right size for your tank.

Get The Cork Tile Background In The Right Size Here!


 

So in my opinion these are the best looking dragon backgrounds you can find. If you want to add an awesome bearded dragon background to your tank, I am sure you found something in this article.

I am interested, what kind of background do you use? Are you satisfied?
Did you ever use any of the backgrounds I recommend here? What is your opinion? :)

Tell me about it in the comment section below, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

If you have any questions, simply leave your question in the comments, I usually get back to my readers quickly!

All the best,

Pierre