Dragon Strand Caging Systems

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How Dragon Strand Works

Dragon Strand is a small business that has grown from the need to have quality chameleon caging. My name is Bill Strand and I am a lifetime chameleon keeper. I make these cages for my use and am constantly making them better and adding features I need in my daily keeping and breeding projects. Dragon Strand remains the only significant US based chameleon caging company run by someone who actually keeps chameleons.

Our manufacturing is done by a small team that is at least two people but has never been more than three. The reason is that it is not easy to manufacture quality caging. It takes special skill to consistently manufacture good chameleon caging. I have brought on the most experienced team in the US with 15 years of experience.

Because of the skill required to consistently build good cages it is not easy to just add more people and so we are limited by how many cages our small group can make without cutting corners (which we will never do). We are involved in some major initiatives to increase our production. These should start to take effect by the final months of 2019 and we will get back to having all cages in stock for immediate delivery. Until then we will have to continue to make cages on a cyclical basis. This means that each cage type is built every few months. To reduce the disappointment of buying a chameleon and finding your desired cage will not be ready for a couple months, this page will allow you to shop by time frame.

Note that this reflects the schedule as we know it. This is an estimate and there are many things that can shift the schedule.

July 2019

Large Keeper Kit & Optional Accessories

Large Keeper Kit = 23.75″ W x 23″ D x 48″ High full screen cage with 5 Dragon Ledges and one Hydration Mount

Optional Accessories:

Drainage Tray = Tray that goes under the entire cage and collects waste water

Drip Easy Drainage = Drainage Tray with screen panel that replaces the standard plastic cage floor. Great visuals and superior drainage, but cage floor must be clear.

Substrate Tray = Goes inside cage and allows 2.5″ of soil. Not intended for water collection.

The next build of the Large Keeper Kits is planned for the end of July 2019.

August 2019

Medium Screen Atrium System

Medium Atrium Cages (28.5″ W x 18″D x 29.5″ H) are available in both screen and clear side versions. Each comes with five Dragon Ledges, a hydration mount, and a DripEasy Drainage Tray. The Medium Atrium can be made in the Breeder style by special arrangement. If this is of interest please contact bill@dragonstrand.com. Due to their size, the Medium Atrium cages are not able to be bundled.

Medium Tall Clearside Atrium System

Medium Tall Clearside Atrium Cages (30″W x 23″D x 48″H) are the ideal balance between a footprint that fits in most households and the wide format that serve the needs of your chameleon.  The front, right sides and back are clear side material while the left side and top are screen. Please make sure you are familiar with the clear side material as it is unsettling to people expecting glass. It is explained here. Each cage comes with five Dragon Ledges, two hydration mounts, and a Drip Easy Drainage Tray.

The Medium Tall Clearside Atrium replaces the Large Clearside enclosure in the Dragon Strand product line up. It has superior dimensions and we are offering it with a more substantial bundle of accessories.

September 2019

Large Clearside Atrium Enclosure

Large Clearside Atrium = 45.25″ W x 22.25″ D x 44.25″ H cage with 8 Dragon Ledges. Front, left side, and back are clear PVC; Right side and top are screen. If unfamiliar with clear PVC please reference the product page before ordering.

Drip Easy Drainage Tray = Drainage Tray that goes under the entire cage and collects waste water. This package comes with a screen panel that replaces the standard plastic cage floor. Great visuals and superior drainage, but cage floor must be clear of plants to use the screen floor.

Substrate Tray = Goes inside cage and allows 4.5″ of soil. Not intended for water collection.

With the Large Clearside Atrium the package is of a size that bundling it with a drainage tray would actually be more expensive to ship so they are purchased and shipped separately.

Large Screen Atrium Enclosure

Large Screen Atrium = 45.25″ W x 22.25″ D x 44.25″ H cage with 8 Dragon Ledges. All sides are screen.

Drip Easy Drainage Tray = Drainage Tray that goes under the entire cage and collects waste water. This package comes with a screen panel that replaces the standard plastic cage floor. Great visuals and superior drainage, but cage floor must be clear of plants to use the screen floor.

Substrate Tray = Goes inside cage and allows 4.5″ of soil. Not intended for water collection.

The Large Screen Atrium may be bundled with another Large Screen Atrium Cage or with a Large Atrium DripEasy Drainage Tray to save on shipping costs.

Compact Cage System

The Compact Cage systems are able to be purchased in single and double bundles. Substrate Trays are available for a soil floor as these cage sizes are ideal for many geckos. The extra floor panels are useful when maintaining a large rack of Compact Cages. The soiled one can be slid out and immediately replaced by a new one and a deep clean can be done at your leisure.

Nursery Cage System

The Nursery Cage systems is able to be purchased in single and double bundles. The extra floor panels are useful when maintaining a large rack of Nursery Cages. The soiled one can be slid out and immediately replaced by a new one and a deep clean can be done at your leisure. In this way an entire rack of 24 nursery cages can be cleaned out in 10 minutes.

Medium Wide Breeder Cage System

The Medium Wide Breeder Cage =  21.5″ W x 16″ D x 30″ High Cage. Sides and back are white PVC; Front and top is all screen. Comes with five Dragon Ledges.

Drainage Tray = Tray that goes under the entire cage and collects waste water

Deep Substrate Tray = Goes inside cage and allows 4″ of soil. Not intended for water collection.

Medium Wide Breeders are designed to fit on standard 48″ baker’s racks two across. The cages are 30″ tall and are ideal for raising up a baby chameleon. These cages can house chameleons up to around the size of an adult female panther chameleon.

The Medium Wide Breeder Cage is available in three configurations.

Medium Wide Breeder Cage: Both sides and back panel are white PVC. Front is screen. This configuration works well for chameleons that benefit from visual isolation and protects the house walls and furniture from misting.

Medium Wide Clearfront Cage: Both sides and back panel are white PVC. Front clear PVC. This configuration is often used with geckos and frogs that need higher humidity.

Medium Wide Vivarium Cage: Both sides and back panel are white PVC. Front main door is clear PVC. Front lower Service Door is screen. This configuration takes advantage of the chimney effect and is used for chameleons that need higher humidity. To order a Vivarium style, Order the Medium Wide Clearfront Cage and put “Vivarium” in the comments section.

Medium Wide Breeder Cage

Medium Wide Clearfront Cage

Medium Wide Drainage Trays

Medium Wide Substrate Trays

Regular Availability

Dragon Ledges

The patented Dragon Ledges are a retrofit kit that is made for the major chameleon caging brands. They are all sized differently so please verify the proper size before ordering. Dragon Ledges are manufactured on a regular basis and are usually shipped within 2 business days of receiving an order. There are rare cases where we are waiting for parts, but the usual wait time is measured in days.

Dragon Ledge Sizing Chart

Dragon Ledges Sizing

Click here for the main Dragon Ledges page with sizing information.

24" Dragon Ledges for 24"x24" Cages

24" Dragon Ledges

Click here for information on the 24″ Dragon Ledge set of five.

Dragon Ledges for Exo-Terra Large X-Tall

36" X-Tall Dragon Ledge set

Click here for information on the Dragon Ledge set designed for the Exo-Terra Large X-Tall 36″ x 18″ x 36″ tall cage.