Lizard slide

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Lizard slide

Postby Steve1878 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:22 am

Hi...
So I've been letting my bearded dragon sit up on the windowsill a lot lately as she loves watching the cars go passed all day. Anyway I worry that when she jumps down she'll hurt herself so I've made a cardboard ramp for her to slide down. It's pretty stable so she doesn't fall off the sides or anything. However I'm just wondering if anyone has done anything similar and if there's anything that might go wrong.
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Re: Lizard slide

Postby AHBD » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:16 pm

I haven't, but I think others have posted pics of ramps up to the window. Some people put pillows under in case of a fall .
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Re: Lizard slide

Postby Steve1878 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:29 am

Makes sense I guess. Thanks
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Re: Lizard slide

Postby kingofnobbys » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:15 am

I think a pillow so she lands on something soft if she falls off the window sill is the best option, I'm lucky my beardie's fav window with a view (the only one she has access to) runs from floor level to door top height so she can't fall off anything (there).

Trouble with a slide is it has to be very long and at a relatively shallow angle else unless it's got a very rough surface the beardie's nails can get good traction on , she can build up a fair bit of velocity when she slides down the ramp and can do as much damage to herself when she reaches the bottom. Or you need to put something that has some stiction (resistance to sliding) on the slide to make beardie crawl down rather than slip or slide down.
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Re: Lizard slide

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:33 am

I have a small dog bed in the window sill for my dragon. It sits propped on the back of a chair so when he wants to get down he slides down the back of the chair into the cushion which tends to work pretty well. He isn't able to get up there on his own and I try to get there and lift him when I see he wants to get down but the cushion/pillow method tends to work pretty well from that height.
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Re: Lizard slide

Postby kingofnobbys » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:14 am

I recall being told many years ago at a First Aid & Safety course run by the Training Dept of Newcastle Steelworks and later in Mine Rescue and Confined Spaces training courses held by the Hunter Valley Mine Rescue Station , that a fall of 4ft onto a hard surface can kill a person outright (not just if they land on their head).
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Re: Lizard slide

Postby ncc74656 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:39 pm

i have lots of climbing areas for my beardie and i have carpet floors. she will jump down from 2.5-4.5ft high furniture and such all the time. ive never had her fall but i placed fluff at the base of her climbing structures just in case. she seems more than capable to catch her self from a fall of many feet tho.
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