Dragon Strand Caging Systems

Dragon Ledges

Panther Chameleon Cage Setup
The patented Dragon Ledges give you the solid foundation to decorate your screen cage with live plants and horizontal branches.

Dragon Ledge 640

The Problem: Mounting branches and plants inside a screen cage

Chameleons and other arboreal reptiles are commonly kept in screen cages, but mounting branches and plants inside has been problematic.  We in the chameleon community have come up with a wide range of solutions from thumb tacks to hot glue to zip ties and magnets.  All of these place stress and load on the screen itself which is not designed to be load bearing.

Naturalistic Medium Tall Keeper 640

How we can make it work: Divert weight to the aluminum frame

Where the screen can be warped and torn, the aluminum frame is structurally strong.  The solution is to divert weight from the middle of the screen panel to the frames on the outside of the panel. The ideal solution will be strong enough to handle horizontal branches, potted plants, and even vertical four inch diameter logs.

The Solution: Dragon Ledges Screen Cage Retrofit Kit

Dragon Ledges create solid anchors at multiple points within your screen cage with no stress to the screen.  Our mission was to create an anchor system that would handle the horizontal branching and plant needs of chameleons, the resting area and cork hollow needs of Rhacodactylus geckos, and the vertical log needs of Uroplatus leaf-tailed geckos.

Dragon Ledges Package Contents

Each Dragon Ledge consists of three parts:

Ledge. The inside piece is raised off the screen surface and has numerous holes along its length.  This provides a rage of mounting solutions for whatever item you desire to install inside your screen cage.  Items can be rested on top of the ledge, placed inside the holes, strung behind the ledge, or affixed to the front. You may attach the items with zip ties, hot glue, wire, or Great Stuff foam.

Spacer. This piece ensures that the screen wall is not stressed either during the installation process or the load transfer process.

Back Support. This component is the workhorse which receives the weight of the interior items and transfers it directly to the aluminum frame.

Dragon Ledges weight transfer

There was no compromise made in the design and construction of the Dragon Ledges. This is the product I would be satisfied with for my own collection.  It allows me to mount any of the usually desired interior elements – especially the horizontal branches and live plants that make an ideal chameleon cage.  To ensure that Dragon Ledges exceeded expectation, our stress tests included hanging pots with bricks and rocks. (Because we all know that hanging brick gardens need the ventilation offered by screen cages).

Dragon Ledges stress test in screen cage

Hanging bricks and rocks during the stress test for the Dragon Ledges product

 

This is now possible.

Naturalistic Adult Chameleon Cage Setup

A naturalistic chameleon cage setup using a Large Keeper screen cage outfitted with Dragon Ledges.

 

 

Ordering. Dragon Ledges are offered as a retro-fit kit so they may be installed on screen cages you already own. This product is compatible with screen cages from Dragon Strand, ZooMed ReptiBreeze, legacy LLL Reptile screen cages, and DIY Cages.  Please use the selection chart below to get the kit appropriate to your brand and size screen cage.

The 24″ and 23″ Dragon Ledges (that fit the 48″ tall cages) come in a five pack for a more effective coverage of branching within the larger space and is recommended. The other sizes come in four packs.

Dragon Ledges Selection Guide: Dragon Strand Cages
Brand Cage Size Dragon Ledges Pack
Dragon Strand Juvenile 15" Dragon Ledges 4 pack
Dragon Strand Small 15" Dragon Ledges 4 pack
Dragon Strand Medium Tall 17" Dragon Ledges 4 Pack
Dragon Strand Large 23" Dragon Ledges 5 Pack

 

Dragon Ledges Selection Guide: Zoo Med ReptiBreeze Cages
Brand Cage Size Dragon Ledges Pack
ReptiBreeze Small  16" Dragon Ledges 4 Pack
ReptiBreeze Medium  16" Dragon Ledges 4 Pack
ReptiBreeze Large 18" Dragon Ledges 4 Pack
ReptiBreeze X-Large 24" Dragon Ledges 5 Pack

 

Dragon Ledges Selection Guide: LLL Reptile Cages
Brand Cage Size Dragon Ledges Pack
LLL Reptile 16 x 15 x 20"  #1 15" Dragon Ledges 4 pack
LLL Reptile 16 x 16 x 30" #2  15" Dragon Ledges 4 pack
LLL Reptile 18 x 18 x 36" #3 17" Dragon Ledges 4 Pack
LLL Reptile 24 x 24 x 36" #4 23" Dragon Ledges 5 Pack
LLL Reptile 24 x 24 x 48" #5 23" Dragon Ledges 5 Pack

Note: LLL Reptile Screen Cages are no longer being sold. These charts are for those keepers with legacy cages that would like to upgrade them.

 

Dragon Ledges Selection Guide: DIY Cages
Brand Cage Size Dragon Ledge Pack
DIY Cages SC-2 Mid Size 16" Dragon Ledges 4 Pack
DIY Cages SC-3 Large  18" Dragon Ledges 4 Pack
DIY Cages SC-Cube 24" Dragon Ledges 5 Pack
DIY Cages SC-4S 24" Dragon Ledges 5 Pack
DIY Cages SC-4 Extra Large  24" Dragon Ledges 5 Pack

 

See the installation tutorial video here