A new keeper's guide to the Pogona Rankini / Henrylawsoni Dragon

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 Post subject: Bioactive vivarium
PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:42 pm 
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Pet Dragon Info:
I have two baby rankin dragons. One male called Bing and one female called Sula. They were named by my granddaughter.

Has anyone set-up a bioactive vivarium for their Rankin Dragons?

I can find information online for Beardies but nothing aimed at Rankins.

I have a male and female both about one year old. They are currently in a 3ft wooden vivarium.

My thoughts so far:
1.Line the wooden viv with plastic
2. Add drainage layer about an inch thick
3. Fleece on top
4. Substrate - a mixture of top soil, sand and eco earth mixed to hold it's shape when molded. What depth is best? Also any ideas on keeping soil back from sliding doors on viv?
5. Any recommendations on clean up crews?
6. Leave litter to help keep in moisture for clean up crew.
7. Should I also add slate pieces over hot side of tank?
8. Plants - I am not sure if to plant in the soil or keep the plants in pots. Any recommendations? Also any recommendations on plants?

Any information would be appreciated.

Many thanks

 Post subject: Re: Bioactive vivarium
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:12 am 
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Pet Dragon Info:
Rankins: Mitzi (F).
Beardies: Luca (M), Mocha (M)
Blue Tongue Skinks: Teal (F), Cinnamon (?)
Giant Mexican Horned Lizards: Linus (M), Louis (M)
Uromastyx: Brian (M), Chloe (F), Kora (F), Kami (M), Melody (F), Murray (M), Omar (M)
Hi there,

Not something I've ever tried I'm afraid.

In general though anything that works for Beardies should be fine for Rankins.

The main concern for anything like this though is keeping moisture and humidity low as you run the risk of upper respiratory infections with high humidity. Aim to keep things around 40% (lower if possible). This will make it harder to bind the substrate though.

If you have the ability to create a digging area that would be cool, especially if you plan to breed them but you can also make a nesting box for that purpose. I made my nesting box with a substrate area that was 5 inches deep and my girl had no problems laying in that. Slate is good for the basking spot but you have to set things up a few days in advance so that you can monitor the temperature of the slate after the lights have been on for a few hours to make sure it is not getting too hot. Lizards really don't understand burns and they will often suffer horrific injuries by laying on something that is way too hot for them. If you find the slate getting any warmer that 110 F try moving it further away from the heat lamp or use something like river rocks that can dissipate heat a little better.

Hope this helps.

Best regards,

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted" - Prof. Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
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