Custom light stands

When I started looking for ways to manage the heating equipment (lights and a ceramic heater), I quickly found that nothing quite worked for me. This post is about how I set up my equipment. If you are curious about what I’m using for Ash, I posted that on a Lighting and Heat page.

Ash’s house is large which presented some issues. We have a cat and will always have cats which are curious and like to knock things over. Special “reptile light stands” seemed a bit pricey and I saw some reviews that mentioned cats knocking them over and causing issues. 

I decided to build my own solution.

I got some 1/2″ pipe and connectors from Home Depot along with some chain and quick link fasteners.

We attached the pipe to the back of the cabinet at top and bottom. No one is going to accidentally knock these over.

The chains and fasters make adjusting the heights easy. The poles swivel which allows me to swing the lights and heaters out of the way when I need to. We’ve got protective covers on the bottoms of the poles which sit directly on our floor (hardwood – we don’t want to wreck it).

The UVB light sits directly on the tank. 

The setup works well, makes it easy for me to access the dragon house. Entire setup was just under $100 (not including lights). 

I did overbuild by using the heavier duty pipe but knowing everything is well-built gives me peace of mind. 

Day Two

The first thing Ash did this morning when I put my hand in the dragon house was climb into my hand and then didn’t want to be put down. This dragon really likes people. I’m sure the fact that my hands are very warm helps but I’m still surprised because I was expecting there to be a period of not being able to hold Ash while we get to know each other. Ash has different plans. Ash relaxing in my hand

Day One

This morning I found that Ash was shedding and seemed very itchy and agitated.

Ash with large area of shedding skin on it's back.

I read that a warm bath can help soothe the discomfort so we gave it a try. It worked really well. Ash had a little breakfast and then settled in for some napping and basking.

Sleepy post-bath Ash, basking in the heat lamp.

The thing that attracted me to Ash over the other babies that were available was that Ash seemed very interested in people. The others were somewhat indifferent. I have discovered that Ash really likes being held and will climb on my hand at almost every opportunity and then wants to stay there. 

Ash resting calmly in my hand.

We tried some beardie salad for dinner – butternut squash and collard greens. Ash ate some but liked the crickets much better. Ash standing in a bowl of squash and greens.

After a first night in the smaller terrarium I set up for feeding and bathing, Ash moved into the big tank. It looks like Ash approves of the furniture. Ash basking on a perch

Meet Ash

Baby Bearded Dragon from the front.

This is Ash. My new baby Bearded Dragon. Ash is about 8 inches long including the tail. We expect Ash to get between 18 and 24 inches long when fully grown. Ash is too young to definitively determine gender. It appears Ash may be a girl but we won’t know for sure for a few months at least.

I wasn’t planning on picking out a dragon until after everything was completely set up but when I saw Ash, plans changed. 

I had planned to get a smaller tank at some point for temporary holding and bathing so we picked that up sooner instead of later and made a temporary home for Ash. It’s not ideal to get things set up this way but it worked out really well and I’m glad I was able to bring this Dragon home. 

Baby Bearded Dragon from the back

Hello Dragon!

I have wanted a Bearded Dragon for a long time. After a lot of thinking and research, I decided I’m finally ready to welcome one to our family. This is my first Bearded Dragon. I have had an iguana in the past and housed a friend’s snake for a few months. Now, I’m looking forward to having a Dragon for a friend.

I’ll be blogging here about my experiences with my Dragon.