By Jess Grieveson-Smith
It’s Hollywood but for reptiles – a young woman has found a creative way to incorporate her pet bearded dragons into movie scenes and popular culture.
Drawing inspiration from pop culture and films, Amy Attaway, from Kansas, USA, began to create outfits and miniature props for her dragons, Dr Jones and Tiny Tim, three years ago.
The scaly duo have recreated scenes and characters from iconic films such as Jaws, The Danish Girl and The Colour of Money.
Yet after she shared them on social media, she found she wasn’t the only one finding her dragons’ acting skills something special – and the unusual movie stars have thousands of fans.
Amy, a zookeeper, said: “I first started dressing up my dragon Tiny Tim for Halloween – the perfect time of year!
“He was dressed as Slash, the guitarist from Guns N’ Roses and I had such a great response that I felt it would be fun to create more.
“So when I adoped Dr. Jones, I started with basic scenes for birthdays and such – he was a complete natural!
“I decided to start creating and designing most of the costumes, although I buy some online.
“My sets are created with the help of scrapbook paper, miniatures, and doll furniture – like the mini boat in the Jaws snap.”
In 2017, Dr Jones then joined the family – and Amy was determined to up her game, adding more detail to scenes and even stretching to popular culture icons like Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter.
Amy added, “I got Dr. Jones three years ago when he was a still a small little guy.
“My precious bearded dragon, Tiny Tim, used to love participating in dress-up scenes , so you could say he was my original inspiration.
“And Dr Jones is so good-natured and sweet.
“I’m a big fan of the arts, so I’m constantly getting inspired by movies and music – I named Dr Jones after Indiana Jones as he’s such an adventurer.
“I love putting detail into my scenes because it adds a lots of life and fun into the photos.
“I am lucky to have such a sweet dragon – I know there are many people out there who don’t think animals should wear clothes, but I always ensure that Dr. Jones is comfortable and safe.
“He never shows me a black beard – a sign of upset, sickness, or anger.
“He will always get positive reinforcement after a shoot, whether it is snuggles, a blueberry, etc.
“And I got such a great response from friends and family that I just had to make his own Facebook and Instagram accounts.
“They make people smile and I’ve had so many people say how Dr. Jones brightens their day!
“But his health and care are my main focus, so it’s an added bonus that we can have fun and bring joy.
“Sometime life does gets so serious and intense, and I think many visit our page to take a break from that.”
Whislt Amy is keen to show the benefits of owning a bearded dragon, she also makes sure people know the facts before owning one.
She said, “It’s essential to have both UVA and UVB lighting.
“The combination of these two will encourage growth and discourage diseases like metabolic bone disorder.
“Sprinkling a calcium supplement on food is also important and I think many people feel all reptiles need is warmth, but they require so much more.
A healthy diet is important too but these reptiles do seem to like company – I try to spend as much time with Dr. Jones as possible – and of course, including him in the shoots does this.”