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Woodhouse Lane, Botley, Southampton SO30 2EZ
Tel. 01489 789300
In association with South Coast Constrictors
Phyllomedusa bicolor
Phyllomedusa bicolor

Care Sheet

Rankin's Dragon (Pogona henrylawsoni)


Common names: Rankin's Dragon

Size: 25-30cm is average

Age: Up to 10 years.

Difficulty: Low, they make great pets due to small size and easy husbandry.

Temperature: Ambient of 75-90°F, with a basking spot of 105-110°F.

Humidity: Low. Water needs to be changed everyday.

Housing: 90x45x45 (3ft) wooden vivarium is perfectly adequate for an adult Rankin's Dragon.

Heating: Wooden vivariums or similar housing should be space heated using bulbs, ceramic heaters or heat plates.

The three most important things to remember when heating any enclosure are:

  • Ensure the animal cannot burn itself with the correct fitting of the heat source and protecting it with a guard.
  • Choose the appropriate wattage for the size enclosure. This can help further reduce the risk burns and overheating (it can also help save energy!)
  • Always using an appropriate thermostat. (Refer to Thermostat Guide)

Lighting: 10-12% UVB

Substrate: Desert Bedding is a widely used medium for keeping Rankin's Dragons on. However desert sand and wood chip can also be used. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as hygienic flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.

Diet: Locusts, crickets, mealworms, fresh greens, occasionally wax worms.

Natural Distribution: Central Australia.

Things to note: Rankin's Dragons are incredibly similar to Bearded Dragons. The main difference being the size. As a result, Rankin's Dragons are very affordable as they require less food, and a smaller vivarium is cheaper to light and heat.