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The Correia family makes dinner, feeds bearded dragons and plays on their phone. Jess and Joe Correia have been breeding bearded dragons in their home for over four years.
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Joe Correia introduces Bonnie, an adult female bearded dragon, to Magnum, an adult male bearded dragon, through a glass door before letting the two dragons be in the same cage. Jess and Joe Correia have been breeding bearded dragons in their home for over four years.
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Jess Correia kisses her husband, Joe Correia, at a Reptile Convention in Rochester, New York. Jess and Joe Correia breed bearded dragon in their home for the past four years.
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Joe Correia pets Spike, an adult male bearded dragon, during a cuddle time for getting the dragons used to being held and touched. Jess and Joe Correia have been breeding bearded dragons in their home for over four years.
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Jess Correia scrubs a charcoal scrub into the skin of Bonnie, an adult bearded dragon, for a healthy glow. Jess and Joe Correia have been breeding bearded dragons in their home for over four years.
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Jess Correia cuddles Capone, an adult male bearded dragon, in their living room in Central New York. Joe and Jess Correia have bred bearded dragons in their home for over four years.
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Tyra ‘the Tyrant’, an adult female bearded dragon, poses for a portrait in the living room of Jess and Joe Correia. The Correia family have been breeding bearded dragons in their home for over four years.
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Joe Correia coddles the adult male bearded dragon, Winchester, during a photo session for the Central New York Dragons Instagram. Jess and Joe Correia have been breeding bearded dragons in their home for over four years.
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A baby bearded dragon snuggles into the neck of Joe Correia at a Reptile Convention in Rochester, New York. Jess and Joe Correia breed bearded dragon in their home for the past four years.
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Jaelyn Belk cuddles with her mother, Jess Correia, during a football game on Sunday night. Jess and Joe Correia breed bearded dragon in their home for the past four years.
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Jaelyn Belk cuddles her adult male bearded dragon, Spike, before her bed time. Jess and Joe Correia breed bearded dragon in their home for the past four years.
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Joe and Jess Correia check their baby bearded dragon’s growth spurts in the Nursery, basement, of their Central New York home. The couple have bred bearded dragons in their home for over four years.
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Joe and Jess Correia check their baby bearded dragon’s growth spurts in the Nursery, basement, of their Central New York home. The couple have bred bearded dragons in their home for over four years.

Living with Dragons

The Correia family home is crawling with a prehistoric passion: breeding domesticated bearded dragons.

Joe and Jess Correia have always had a love for reptiles, so four years ago they married their mutual passion and launched Central NY Dragons. “A lot of time goes into taking care of these dragons,” said Joe. Jess takes care of the dragons from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. because Joe works a full-time job during the week. Jess says one dragon, Spike, has helped her autistic daughter, Jaelyn Belk, through cuddling sessions, which have been unexpectedly therapeutic. According to Jess, bearded dragons can be the perfect new addition to a family because they are quiet and hypoallergenic. After a sideways glance at each other about having their own kids together, Joe and Jess both agreed. “Our kids are these dragons. Each one of them has a place in our heart.”

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