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Reptile (Chlamydosaurus kingji)

Experience Level: Intermediate

Frilled Dragon stretching his neck.

Nutrition and Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• Frilled Dragons are insectivores, meaning their diet consists primarily of insects, however they will enjoy occasional vegetables and fruit.

• Frilled Dragons benefit from a variety of different items in their diet so it is important to alternate the insects and vegetables being fed.

• They require calcium supplementation as part of their diet and may benefit from a reptile multivitamin.

• Vegetables and fruit should be fed from a bowl to avoid accidental ingestion of the substrate.
 

  Dietary Options  
  Examples Feeding Frequency
Insects* Crickets**,
mealworms,
occasional
waxworms
Feed daily. Feed only enough
to be consumed by the end
of the day.
Vegetables* Dark, leafy greens,
(green leaf lettuce,
dandelion greens,
collard greens),
carrots and peas

Every day to every other day.

Offer only enough to be
consumed in four hours.

Fruits Berries, bananas

Once weekly to every
other week.

Offer only enough to be
consumed in four hours.

*Insects and vegetables should be dusted with a calcium
supplement twice a week and multivitamin once a week.

**Crickets should be fed a gut-loaded diet (commercially
available nutrient-dense diet) prior to being fed to the reptile to
ensure they have the proper nutrients for a healthy reptile diet.

 

 

Water
• Frilled Dragons may drink from a shallow dish. If your dragon is not drinking from the bowl, regular misting will be required to maintain hydration.
• Water bowls should be emptied and refilled daily.

Other Reminders
Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Avoid picking up your pet by the tail. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home.