A picture of Bailie, Daniel, and Smaug (a Rankin's Dragon).
A picture of Bailie, Daniel, and Smaug (a Rankin's Dragon).

About Us The Origins of the Dragon Files.

Our landlord informed us that we were not allowed to have pets with fur, so my husband and I looked for a scaly friend. Because of our limited space in a two-bedroom apartment, we wanted something that could live comfortably in a 20-gallon tank. This ruled out snakes as well as “normal” bearded dragons.
 
We decided on a Rankin’s Dragon or Pogona henrylawsoni also called Lawson's Dragon or Dwarf Bearded Dragon. Rankin’s have the same care and husbandry as Bearded Dragons, or Pogona vitticeps. The only difference is the size. Rankin’s grow to a maximum length of 12 inches, while Bearded Dragons can grow to be 24 inches. 
 
After making this decision to get a Rankin, we adopted Smaug when he was three months old! 
 
There are so many working parts to owning and caring for these little guys...the tank, lights, food and bathing. I will share regarding all of these to show exactly what you need and why. With my science background, my mind always goes to the question of “why?” Each blog will go into depth of why certain behaviors are happening and how you as the caregiver might respond. 

The Team

Bailie Muñoz
Bailie MuñozBiologist

Bailie Fredlock-Muñoz

Bailie grew up in Arizona and kept reptiles: two gopher snakes, a king snake and fence lizards. Bailie moved to Chicago to attend college and graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. During her college years, she volunteered before becoming an intern and a fellow for two years at The Morton Arboretum in the Conservation Genetics Department. In her last semester of college, she volunteered at The Field Museum in the Genetics Department. Her love for reptiles led her and her husband to buy a Rankin’s Dragon to have as their first pet. Because of her background in research biology, Bailie is knowledgeable about dragons and has become involved in many Facebook groups as a member as well as an administrator.

Daniel Muñoz
Daniel MuñozFinancial Analyst

Daniel Muñoz

Daniel is Bailie’s husband who works hard so Bailie can give Smaug everything his little dragon heart desires!

Smaug
SmaugDedicated Cuteness

Smaug

Smaug is a male Rankin’s Dragon. He was purchased by husband and wife Daniel and Bailie Muñoz at the North American Reptile Breeders Conference (NARBC) in Tinley Park (Chicago-area) in October 2019. Smaug was approximately three months old at the time of adoption. Since joining his loving family, he has had a bacterial infection in his mouth from eating a super worm. After recovering from his infection, he has been happy and healthy, and he enjoys the best life. He is spoiled and loved by both Bailie and Daniel - but especially by Bailie who has trained him that if he glass surfs, she will hold him until he falls asleep.

Glaurung
GlaurungFather of Dragons

Glaurung

Glaurung is a male Rankin's Dragon. Glaurung joined the family in the winter of 2020. His name comes from Tolkien's works where he is also known as the Father of Dragons. We named him Glaurung to stick with our Tolkien inspired names and to celebrate his role as our male breeder, who will father many young rankins dragons. Surprisingly, Glaurung is about half the age of Smaug, but already he is about the same size as Smaug. Glaurung is very healthy and has orange tinted scales. 

Idrial
IdrialMother of Dragons

Idrial

Idrial is a female Rankin's Dragon. Idrial joined the family in the winter of 2020. When we first met Idrial she was the smallest of the three newest dragons. We named her after the blonde character named Idrial in The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age. Idrial has very bright yellow scales which we felt personified the video game character. Surprisingly, Idrial is no longer the smallest of our rankins dragons, as she has surpassed Morwen in size.  

Morwen
MorwenMother of Dragons

Morwen

Morwen is a female Rankin's Dragon. Morwen joined the family in the winter of 2020. When we first met Morwen she was the fistiest of the three dragons. We named her after the fiesty red-headed character named Morwen in The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age. Morwen has oranged tinted scales which we felt personified the video game character. Surprisingly, Morwen is no longer as fiesty as she used to be and is more docile and approachable, still yet though she does not quickly submit to Glaurung.  

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