How to Make a Lizard Leash




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A lizard leash will prevent your reptile from getting you from you but in my opinion its not worth paying $9.00 for so i made one my self.

Step 1: Materials

Youre going to need 4 ft of some kind of thick string or thin rope, scissors, straw, ruler, id card or thin plastic but strong, and hot glue.

Step 2: Cut Your Straw

Youre going to want to cut two 3/4 in. long tubes from the straw.

Step 3: Makeing the Base

Hot glue the two tubes together side by side.

Step 4: Adding the Rope

Hot glue the rope to the middle.

Step 5: Feed It Throught the Tube

Feed the open end of the rope through one of the holes on the closed end.

Step 6: Through the Other End

Now feed the line through the open tube. this will make two loops that the front arms will go through.

Step 7: The Lock

Take the card and cut a inch long stip out. then shave the edges and punch three holes along the middle.

Step 8: The Weeve

Now weeve the open end of the line throught the lock. you will move the lock up and down the line to choose the tightness and distance between the arms, to loose he will get away.

Step 9: Your Finished

Good luck. it will take some getting used to but after a while you will be fine. this is good training to make your lizard tame and after a while no leash will be needed

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    14 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I don't like this sorry to say. Its arms are forced backwards and it does not look comfortable for the poor lizard. I'll be making a leash for my beardie soon and I will put it on here

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    Reply 1 year ago

    If you look closely the harness is loosely around it. It isn't tight around him/her, and the leash is has a lot of slack.


    3 years ago

    please tell me you dont use this your bearded dragon anymore??


    3 years ago on Introduction

    your heart was in the right place, but i do agree that this is bad for your lizard! it would be best to take some fleece (very cheap fabric, usually less than $4 a yard and you only need a small square!) to make a small little vest (very simple, just cut out a rectangle that can wrap around your lizard with some room left over, add a zipper, and cut out arm holes) and adding a leash to that. it would put the support on your lizard's chest instead of it's arms, and make it much more pleasant for them! =)

    Indy Dawg

    4 years ago

    That's just animal abuse your poor little bearded dragons arms are forced backwards.

    How would you like it if I forced your arms backwards?

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    It probably does hurt/irritate the dragon, so maybe you could make like a zip up sweater-like contraption with an attachment to put the leash on to walk your dragon with. And no, this isn't animal abuse. People all over who have bearded dragons walk them with a leash like this.

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    This definitely does not look comfortable for the lizard. Not only are the arms forced backwards, but the arms could easily escape those holes, and it would really help if something was supporting their belly. And maybe use something other than a straw. Or at least...don't make the straw have direct contact with the beardie...that's gotta be really uncomfortable...especially if the straw moves positions then the ends would scratch the beardie.


    5 years ago

    This doesn't look very comfortable for your poor beardie there needs to be something under him to support him


    7 years ago on Introduction

    In Florida we use the thin long leaves from palm fronds and tie them into a little lasso to catch and walk lizards


    8 years ago on Step 9

    This guide is helpful, it can teach people how to make a leash, but I would definitely change the title to “how to make a small lizard leash”; as I was hoping to find a guide to help me make my own leash for my lizards, I realized that hot glue would break almost instantly for my lizards are pretty large (black-throated monitor, Argentine black and white tegu, and green iguana). I do think that this is a good tutorial on how to make a leash for smaller lizards such as the bearded dragon shown in the pictures though.

    I am not certain of the degree of comfort/discomfort the reptile would feel to be stringed up like this though, commercially available leashes for reptiles seem to offer more support to the chest through leather bands and that might be the best way to do it. Their prices are ridiculous though and I understand why someone would want to build their own.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    good idea, i too wouldn't pay 9.00 for this ! It probably works better too.