Angle-headed dragon care sheet?

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I have recently started looking into the requirments to house and keep angle-headed forest dragons, but I'm afraid information is proving to be very scarce compared to the detailed guides for things like bearded dragons and bluetongues.
The few guides I have located tend to be very vague, saying 'cool+moist' instead of humidity and temperature ranges or glossing over nutrition and watering specifications, especially egg and mother care.

Ive done what I can by locating the north and south extremes of their natural range and averaging yearly temperatures to get a thermostat and humidity average, I also found a journal paper of a radio tracked study that proved temps 16 and below will make them move to find heat which gives me my alarm temps and thermostat range (up to 26C)
Nutrition, growth/weight guides and egg incubation/mother care however is proving difficult to find.
Whenever I search for them I get shunted into forums and papers regarding Boyd's dragons with no indication if the papers are applicable.

If anyone has a source of care information for angle-heads I would be very grateful, I don't feel comfortable searching for breeders/getting my R1 until I absolutely know what it will take to keep them healthy.
 

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Treat them like a Boyd's but with lower temperatures.

Don't overthink it.

Cool and moist is good advice. It doesn't matter what the exact humidity is and you won't be able to maintain exact humidity anyway. Just make sure they're humid as opposed to dry. Make sure there's adequate ventilation.

Normal insectivorous diet of dusted insects. Crickets and/or woodies will be fine, you can add others if it makes you happy.
 

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Thank you for the help and kind words. I'm sure you noticed I am a prime overthinker, but I will do my best!

What is the egg care since I'm sure it will come up. I wanted to house 2/3 together so it's an issue I'll have to address eventually.
 

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Thank you for the help and kind words. I'm sure you noticed I am a prime overthinker, but I will do my best!

What is the egg care since I'm sure it will come up. I wanted to house 2/3 together so it's an issue I'll have to address eventually.

Incubate them just like normal reptile eggs except for the temperature, which should be much cooler. Most people incubate lizard eggs around 28 degrees or just stick them in with the python eggs at around 31, but this will quickly kill your Angle-headed Dragon eggs quickly. I haven't kept one or paid much attention to them for the best part of 20 years so people may have learned a bit more about temperatures since then, but last I heard, about 23-24 degrees works well, making sure they don't get above about 26, or if so only very briefly. Even cooler might be safer, but I haven't experimented with it or heard from anyone who has.

If you keep them exactly like a Boyd's except for dropping the temperature of everything by about 5 degrees you'll do well. Keep in mind that like Boyd's they come from wet, dark, closed forests with fairly stable temperatures which are a little cooler and avoid the extremes of the climate in nearby areas. If you've ever visited where they come from you'll have a very good idea of how different their natural environment is from the homes of things like sun-loving dragons etc.
 

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I'll definitely keep that in mind thank you :)
This is going to be a whole new learning curve from my sweet Kevin, his was all basic nutrition and socialisation like a scaly puppy. These things are like an air-breathing tropical fish species...all perfect environmental conditions and stress.
If only Australia had some decent all in one envrionmental controllers like they seem to have in the states I could sleep a little easier.
 

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I'll definitely keep that in mind thank you :)
This is going to be a whole new learning curve from my sweet Kevin, his was all basic nutrition and socialisation like a scaly puppy. These things are like an air-breathing tropical fish species...all perfect environmental conditions and stress.
If only Australia had some decent all in one envrionmental controllers like they seem to have in the states I could sleep a little easier.

Don't overthink it and don't stress. If it's going to cause you to lose sleep, it's not worth doing. There are easy ways to keep the humidity high (easiest is just use a moist substrate - easy as pie). Set your thermostat low and all you need to do is make sure they don't get too hot.
 

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