FREE Range Dragon

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Re: FREE Range Dragon

Postby TinyBlue » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:56 am

we too have free range dragons. Well, actually one dragon, our Mr R, who is 4 years old although he has been with us for a year and a half or so. He free ranges in the garden during the day, and at night he sleeps in his basket. In the winter, he brumated for three months, waking up here and there, eating a few worms, having a poo, basking by the woodburner at night for a bit, then back to his basket.
Our dog just ignores the dragon. She looks at them, gives them a sniff, walks away. I think she thinks they're a bit boring. Our other dragon, Blue, is the tiny one I mentioned in another post and of course she's not allowed to free range yet. But if she ever reaches a decent size, she will. She has put on 10 grams in the last month!
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Re: FREE Range Dragon

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:00 pm

He must enjoy being able to roam through the garden! Are you growing things that are specifically for him to eat?
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Re: FREE Range Dragon

Postby TinyBlue » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:17 pm

Well, the place where he spends most of the day is a grapevine, he sometimes climbs on it and sometimes just sits in its green shade. It's in a sort of large raised bed with several random plants - mint, parsley, lentils, radish, wild stuff that just grows, and yes, he nibbles here and there (parsley is a big favourite) and catches the odd beastie, but mostly he likes me to bring him his plate of food. He has a swimming pool (a sort of large, round, flat pan that even when full don't reach his shoulders). he loves paddling about, drinks big gulps of water and has his poos there, then he usually paddles a bit more (unless I'm there to change the water) and makes a right mess of it! He gets no less than 6-8 hs of direct sunlight, but lately his skin is looking a bit not great. I need to open another post about it.
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Re: FREE Range Dragon

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:22 pm

Sounds like he's got a pretty good life =). Dragons have been seen basking on grapevines in the wild in South Australia pretty frequently.
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Re: FREE Range Dragon

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:35 am

TinyBlue wrote:Well, the place where he spends most of the day is a grapevine, he sometimes climbs on it and sometimes just sits in its green shade. It's in a sort of large raised bed with several random plants - mint, parsley, lentils, radish, wild stuff that just grows, and yes, he nibbles here and there (parsley is a big favourite) and catches the odd beastie, but mostly he likes me to bring him his plate of food. He has a swimming pool (a sort of large, round, flat pan that even when full don't reach his shoulders). he loves paddling about, drinks big gulps of water and has his poos there, then he usually paddles a bit more (unless I'm there to change the water) and makes a right mess of it! He gets no less than 6-8 hs of direct sunlight, but lately his skin is looking a bit not great. I need to open another post about it.


I'm betting he loves to nibble the grapevine leaves and takes grave vine catepillars ( I know beardies love them because a friend has a vineyard and sends his kids out to collect the catepillars for their pet dragons who make very fast work of them).
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Re: FREE Range Dragon

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:37 am

CooperDragon wrote:Sounds like he's got a pretty good life =). Dragons have been seen basking on grapevines in the wild in South Australia pretty frequently.


Same here in the Hunter Valley . In this case they are eastern water dragons and eastern bearded dragons.
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : Fluffy - 4yr rescued lawnmowing accident victim 14Nov17.
Lucky - cat attack rescue, fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
Wriggles - rescued injured ,thought she was a big lizard, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16. .
Gecko : Godzilla the hatchling GEHYRA GECKO (hatched May 2019)
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Re: FREE Range Dragon

Postby kwonsmommy » Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:39 am

KevinsMom33 wrote:And to the original poster - apologies for going off topic- yes - free range can be done - if you can create the proper conditions, environment and heating for the main area. It’s wonderfully interactive for the dragon and you - the dragon is no longer confined to his bedroom and can exercise, explore his surrounding. you’ll be more connected to him - instead of looking through glass “, you’ll have a better bond. Go slow, keep a good eye out for where he goes, know his favorite spots to tuck in and sleep so you don’t panic. Kevin now knows where the front door is and scratches at it to go sit out on the porch. Always always supervise outside. Good luck and enjoy.



You are fine. I compelety understand. What works for one's family doesn't always work for another. Our Jarvis is like your Kevin he let's everyone know he is the boss and when he has had enough.
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