Frilled Dragon (Chlamydosaurus Kingii)
A.K.A. Frill-Necked Lizard
Frilled Dragons range from grey to brown to green and have a bright orange or red frill on their necks they expand when threatened, though they tend to be docile in captivity. They will grow up to 28-30 inches from the tip of their snout to the end of their tail. These lizards can live up to 10-15 years if taken care of properly.
Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to Australia and New Zealand.
These lizards do well with a sand or sand/gravel mix substrate. Be sure to put plenty of plants, wood, and rocks for them to climb and hide in.
One adult Frilled Dragon can be kept in a 30-40 gallon tank. A screen cover is recommended for your tank, as it allows better airflow and heating.
A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 85-90º F during the day and nighttime temperatures around 70º F. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures. A small heat pad is recommended for basking.
Frilled Dragons thrive in humid climates, so spraying or misting their tank every 2-3 days is recommended.
Your tank should have a small, shallow bowl of water that is cleaned daily. This is for your lizard to drink from as well as wade in. Some lizards won’t drink from a bowl. In this case some sort of dropper is recommended.
Frilled Dragon are insectivorous and will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.
Allow your lizard time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.