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Harness for dragons

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:23 am
by dave93245
Hello everyone, I am fairly new to this forum and had a question about harnesses for bearded dragons.
First off I have a Dragon named Jim after Jim Morrison "The Lizard king" he is 16" long now, about 5 months old and 279g healthy and happy. I have all of the needed lighting including a MVB set-up in a 100 gal tank temps are good about 105 on his basking spot and this time of year a little cold out his cool side runs about 76 on average. He eats his veggies and dubia roaches most of the time. The question is about harnesses I bought a harness the kind with a leather piece that has two holes for his arms, its a real struggle to get him in it. I was wondering if there are better harnesses and what are some recommendations. The one I have fits him well enough but he can pull his legs out very quickly if he wants to, I don't want to make it too tight and I don't want something that may cause him undue stress although he did not show much stress over it when I tried it on him. Jim is a pretty low stress dragon over all he does not gape or puff his beard up often and rarely darkens unless he is cold and trying to warm up. I have looked around and may missed it, but did not see any discussions on the harness subject.[Click image to enlarge]

Re: Harness for dragons

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:42 am
by bossdragon
There are some that you can make with paracord and beads. So basically the beads hold the paracord in place while it goes over and under it arms, it is adjustable, and simple to make, it is also easier to get your beardie into.

Re: Harness for dragons

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:04 pm
by dave93245
I have seen something like that, they sound good maybe ill look into that kind of setup. Spring will be along soon and I look forward to more out door activities.

Re: Harness for dragons

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:34 pm
by myagregory1
if you look up ferret harnesses, they have some good options that might work for a beardie! Ive never tried it myself but ive seen someone say they like it

Re: Harness for dragons

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:58 pm
by loljelloclowdz
I hate the kind that go over the arms because they are not very nice about it and will pull their arm out as you go to put the loop around the second arm 😂 what I use is a hip harness and it’s just a loop that goes around the waist above the hind legs since they can’t wiggle out of that. They can very well escape the chests harnesses.

Re: Harness for dragons

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:06 pm
by dave93245
I had the same experience with the leather piece, Jim would wait until I almost had it set then walk away pulling his legs out with ease. I have seen a couple of pictures with hip harnesses in them was not sure exactly how that worked.