The patented (US D800,969 S) Dragon Ledges give you the solid foundation to decorate your screen cage with live plants and horizontal branches.
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.
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.
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.
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).
This is now possible.
Ordering. Dragon Ledges are offered as a retro-fit kit so they may be installed on screen cages you already own. Please use the selection chart below to get the kit appropriate to your brand and size screen cage.
The 24″ 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.
ZooMed ReptiBreeze Cage Compatibility
DIYCages Cage Compatibility
Exo-Terra Cage Compatibility
Assembly and Application Notes for Dragon Strand Dragon Ledges
Strategy for the Maximum Flexibility in using the Dragon Ledges:
Complete Application Note for Setting top a Medium Atrium Cage (including an extensive section on Dragon Ledges):
Using Great Stuff Foam to Add a More Naturalistic Look to Your Chameleon Environment: