Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to caring for a bearded dragon. This guide will help you lay the foundation that is necessary to own a bearded dragon of your choice.
Bearded dragons are one of the easiest to maintain lizards as a pet. There are some things you need to know before you decide.
Here we will go over some of the topics you should be comfortable with if you own a bearded dragon.
A little history ‘about Bearded Dragon
Get to know the bearded dragon
Bearded dragons originate from the desert areas of central Australia, and are part of the Agamidae lizards family. They spend most of their time in bushes and trees, and will often bask on rocks. When the climate is too hot they will often burrow underground. They have a characteristic shape, which includes a large, triangular head shape and a relatively flat body. The jaw and trunk are lined with thorny scales that look like thorns on a rose bush. Bearded adult dragons can reach lengths of 18 to 24 inches long, including the tail. Men tend to be much larger than women in most cases.
Bearded dragons are named after the ‘beard’ of spikes around its neck. This beard can be found in males and females and is used to display their mood. The beard can be inflated and turns a dark brown to black as well to emphasize it.
Most bearded dragons available in the pet trade today are from inside or central bearded dragons, although there is a total of eight bearded dragon species.
Then we will discuss why they make these excellent pets.
Why bearded dragons make good pets
In recent years, bearded dragons have exploded in popularity among pet owners and animal lovers. They have also started to outclass the iguana as the most sought-after lizard pet available. There are many reasons why the bearded dragon is a popular pet. Here are some of the admirable qualities of the bearded dragon:
Bearded dragons are renowned for their calm attitude and fun behavior. They are very docile creatures, and even submissive. It is difficult to find a bearded dragon who does not like to be caught and treated once they use their owners.
This good attitude makes it very easy to build a strong relationship with a bearded dragon, much like a dog. This feature is one of the reasons why the bearded dragon has become a popular pet.
Bearded dragons are much easier to maintain than many other lizards. Their dietary needs are not super picky like other lizards as well.
As long as you take a little time to properly clean the habitat and do few minutes of maintenance a day, keeping a bearded dragon is so easy.
One of the most fascinating features of a bearded dragon is their appearance. They look like dragons or like dinosaurs as it is extremely attractive. Bearded dragons can also come in a variety of different colors. You can easily find in shades of red, orange, yellow, and also what is known as pastels.
Bearded dragons are relatively weak, reaching lengths of 18 to 24 inches in adulthood. This small size makes the bearded dragon very attractive to pet owners because it is much easier to hold and manage. This is one of the benefits that bearded dragons are a better pet than Iguanas, as these lizards can grow up to six feet and are aggressive.
It is not unlikely that a bearded dragon will live up to 15 years when raised in captivity. Their health is another interesting quality of the bearded dragon. Although bearded dragons can get sick, they are not as fragile as many other lizards, such as chameleons and turtles.
Choosing a bearded dragon for a pet is a wise choice that will bring you years of enjoyment. Then we will discuss how to select a healthy bearded dragon.
Selection of a healthy bearded dragon
How to Choose the best Bearded Dragon?
Once you have decided that a bearded dragon is an animal that suits you, it’s time to choose a healthy specimen. This is an extremely important step for a beard dragon owner.
Never, ever want to adopt a sick or unhealthy bearded dragon. Starting from a sick bearded dragon tends to always end in a disaster. I know it’s very easy to feel sorry for a sick and hurt baby bearded dragon, but it’s very difficult for an amateur to treat and cure a sickbearded dragon. In addition, frequent visits to the veterinarian can become very expensive.
Here are some things to look for when choosing the perfect bearded dragon.
Most children are purchased bearded dragons at pet stores, while many can be purchased directly from breeders. When you select a bearded dragon from a pet store, the first thing I want to do is look at the bearded dragon habitat.
You want to make sure that it is well maintained, no old fecal matter or food around the pose. Check if the habitat is overpopulated. If there are 25 or 40 babies bearded dragons housed in a 10-gallon habitat, which is too crowded. An overcrowded habitat could result in injury (such as missing tails, broken or missing fingers).
Make sure the pet store provides a basking zone with a lot of heat for the babies, and that there is a light that provides good UVB rays. These are both very important to the health of the bearded dragon, which we will discuss later.
Observe the bearded dragons
Then look at the bearded dragons themselves. Sit down and watch for a few minutes. You want to choose a bearded dragon who is very active and alert. Move your hand in front of the habitat, and see how they react to bearded dragons. You have to move your eyes to focus on the movement. Some bearded dragons can blow fast motion towards it, but most do not look with some curiosity.
You want a bearded dragon who is alert, active and seems to be eating well. Avoid any bearded dragon that seems lethargic and too skinny.
Ask for a closer look
Once you have chosen a model that meets all the criteria, ask someone at the pet store to take it out of the habitat to give a closer look.
The bearded dragon should act animated and may wiggle a bit early. Make sure you have a good grip on it, but not too tight. Be gentle, but firm until they get used to you.
You want to examine the bearded dragon’s eyes. Once again, make sure they are clear and alert. Make sure there is crust around the mouth or eyes. Check fingers and feet to make sure they are intact. There should be five toes per foot and should have all the claw. Make sure your fingers are not swollen or deformed.
Check that the queue is full and not broken or distorted. Examine the entire body for any tears, lumps, or bruises. Rub the skin to make sure you feel healthy and fit. The skin must maintain some elasticity.
Turn the bearded dragon over and examine your belly. It should be an off-white, with no lumps or lacerations. Examine the anal area, which must be clean and have no more fecal residues or left lumps.
Once all criteria have been met, you have a very healthy bearded dragon that will be a fantastic animal!
Selecting a sound sample
clear, attentive eyes
active, not lethargic
It has an appetite for insects and vegetables
Clean the anal area
There are no lumps or lacerations on the skin
jaw and mouth seem normal, without failure or disfigurement
contains five toes on each foot, with claws
Good color, without dark areas or bruised
Feed your bearded dragon
Provide food and nutrition
Certainly, you must feed your bearded dragon to survive. Although bearded dragons have a wide range of colors, and their tastes are varied, there are things to know about providing a well-balanced diet. Bearded dragons have different nutritional needs at different stages of their lives. Then we will discuss how and what to feed a bearded dragon at every step.
Feed a baby bearded dragon
Bearded dragons are considered children when they are a puppy in four or five months. During this stage, the child will grow up quickly and need most nutrients and vitamins. At this stage, bearded dragons are more brittle and fragile.
Children must be introduced into a series of insect feeds and finely chopped vegetables. Electric insects should be about 60 to 80 percent of their diet. Power of insects that are excellent choices for feeding children is pinhead crickets and small worms. Always make sure that what you feed your bearded dragon baby is never more space between His eyes.
The bearded dragon feeds three or four pinhead crickets per meal. To facilitate their rapid growth, children must be fed small but frequent meals every day. It is best to give them three or four small meals a big meal every day. Avoid feeding this wax worm too much because they are high in fat and can lead to obesity later in life. With one or two worms a day is a good start.
Avoid feeding a baby to bearded dragons stage child meal. Mealworms may contain a hard coating outside (or shell) that can be very difficult for a child to digest. Also, avoid giving crickets that are too big. The hind legs of the jagged cricket can cause cracks in the digestive system of the young bearded dragon’s race.
It’s also a good idea to start your baby bearded dragon soon with an offer of finely chopped vegetables, such as:
dandelions (leaves and flowers)
It is important to ensure that vegetables are finely chopped to make it easier for the baby to chew and digest. Offer a good variety of mixed vegetables to give the baby bearded dragon a balanced diet.
They can also be introduced into a variety of fruits, such as:
chopped apples (with the skin removed)
seedless grapes (with skin removed)
pieces of orange
It is best to offer a good mix of fruits and vegetables each day for your bearded dragon. This will strengthen his taste for fruits and vegetables, which will be very useful for him later in life.
Mixed fruits and vegetables should be around 20 to 40 percent of the bearded baby dragon diet.
Feed a juvenile bearded dragon
A dragon beard is considered a minor when is between 5 and 18 months of age. In this, she lives life must constantly increase the amount of mixed fruits and vegetables offered and gradually decrease the amount of insect feeds. The variety of insect feeders are also increasing.
At this stage of his life can also increase the size of the insects on offer, but remember – anything to feed your bearded dragon that is bigger than the space between the eyes.
Here are some insects can feed a young bearded dragon:
During the juvenile phase of life, the amount of insects feeds offered should fall to around 40 percent, while the amount of fruits and vegetables offered should increase to around 60 percent. Young people can be fed two small vegetable offerings daily, and a small selection of insect feeders.
Feed An Adult Bearded Dragon
The systematic feeding of adults is very different from that of the bearded dragon baby. Adults require a lot more green leafy vegetables and lower power insects. After the bearded dragon is over 18 months old, their diet should consist of 80 percent fruits and vegetables, with 20 percent power insects.
Adults should be offered a good portion of leafy green vegetables, mixed with diced vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, and about twice a day. Reduce insect feed for two or three times a week. Adults do not need proteins and fats as much content in insects, such as children and young people.
Vitamins and minerals
When feeding a bearded baby dragon, each meal should be dusted with calcium and vitamin D3 supplement. It is to promote healthy bone growth and development. This is very important for the provision of this child’s course, in order to cope with the demand of fast bearded dragon growth.
Once you reach the juvenile stage the supplement can be reduced to a dusting every other day, and with the adults, a dusting once or twice a week is enough. Adults can also be given a broad spectrum vitamin supplement once a week to provide the addition of vitamins and minerals needed at this stage.
The key to a healthy bearded dragon is the provision of a varied and balanced diet that contains a lot of nutrients and vitamins.
Best Vegetable Food Items
Carrots (including tops)
Dandelions (leaves and flowers)
Best Food Fruit Articles
Apples (without the skin)
Grapes (without skin)
slices of orange (Peel removed)
Bearded dragon housing
Create a big house for your bearded dragon
Of course, once you have decided to own a bearded dragon is necessary to provide adequate housing for it. The habitat may just be the key to keeping a bearded dragon happy. You must try as best as possible to give all the comfort of your natural home. This can be very helpful when trying to welcome a new bearded dragon so that he feels like home.
First, you must understand what type of container to use. There are many different types of terrariums and tanks on the market made primarily for housing reptiles. If you choose, you can also build your own speaker for a custom look.
It is best to first use a fence that is large enough to accommodate an adult bearded dragon from the start. This eliminates the need to continually buy fences as a bearded dragon grows.
Bearded dragons are not much for climbing, but they are wild animals. For this reason, it is recommended that the case has ample floor of the room.
A container that is at least a 30-gallon tanker breeder should be used as a minimum. This tank is 36 cm long, 18 cm wide and 13 inches high. More floor space provides a fence, the better. This will give ample space for your bearded dragon to roam.
A terrarium glass is one of the best options that are relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain. There are also built acrylic terrariums. Acrylic housings are much lighter than glass but are also a lot easier to scratch. After a few years of using an acrylic bath can start to look for shortbread scratches lizard. This will hinder the visual impact for you and your pet.
Be sure to use a wire mesh airtight screen cover on the top of the lid to keep the kids and other animals from the bearded dragon’s house, and also keep the lizard inside. Avoid the use of glass lids as they filter out the necessary UV-B through full spectrum light.
The substrate is what you use to cover the soil of the habitat. What substrate usage is a highly debated topic within the bearded dragon community? Many homeowners prefer to use non-natural silica sand substrate to provide a more realistic habitat, while some prefer to use old newspapers because it’s easier to maintain.
You can use what suits your needs, but the use of media containing small particles should be avoided to avoid clogging. Impaction is when the lizard swallows an object that cannot digest. The object then creates a blockage in the intestinal tract. Occlusion can be fatal if not treated early and treated by a veterinarian.
Avoid the use of pebbles, aquarium rocks, soil shells, and anything that could easily lead to occlusion. This is especially true for bearded dragon babies.
Factories and installations
To decorate the habitat can add plants and other furniture. The choice of plastic plants or silk is the best option. They are easy to clean, do not need water, and reduce the chances of your bearded dragon swallowing them. If you select live plants to make sure they are not toxic to your pet, and which are free of chemicals. They always have live plants in a small pot to make it easy to move around when cleaning or rearranging the habitat.
Bearded dragons also need a skin box. There are many hidden boxes available at pet stores that offer a good place for your bearded dragon a place of refuge. Many of these boxes are designed to look like cave masks and an excellent complement to the habitat search.
Perched in the elephant is one of the favorite past times of a bearded dragon. You can find a great selection of sanded driftwood pieces in the animal shops that make the perfect boom. Make sure it is strong enough to support your bearded dragon.
Heat & Lighting Requirements
Make sure your bearded dragon is warm and happy
Provide your bearded dragon with good heating and lighting is extremely vital for its survival. Since bearded dragons come from the hot desert regions of Australia, it is important to replicate that environment as possible.
In the wild, bearded dragons pose on rocks and other objects while enjoying the warm rays of the sun. It is important to reproduce this environment as possible while in captivity.
Create elephant and colder areas
Bearded dragons require a warm elephant perch area on which is between 95 to 100 degrees F for children, and around 90 to 95 degrees F for adults. Use heat lamps, ceramic heat emitters, or heating pads to develop the correct elephant temperatures. There are cases where he may require a combination of these. Avoid using hot rocks as a heat source for bearded dragons. Hot rocks are infamous for causing burns on the belly of bearded dragons and are not recommended.
On the opposite side of the elephant zone, one must create a cooling zone that must remain between 80 to 87 degrees F. The cooling region is where the dragon’s beard will cool off a bit “in case he is too hot in the basking area Maintaining a temperature gradient over the habitat is important for the welfare of the dragon beard.
Always digital, or mercury, the thermometer is in the territory elephant and the coldest area in order to continuously monitor the temperature and adjust accordingly.
UV-A and UV-B supply
The UV-A UV-B sun rays are also vital for the survival of bearded dragons. These rays are naturally produced by the sun, but can not be present inside a home. Therefore, special lighting is needed to provide your bearded dragon with these rays.
Full spectrum light, specifically for reptiles, will be required to replicate UV-A and UV-B. UV-B are essential to help with the synthesis of vitamin D3 and calcium, which is necessary for proper bone development. UV-A is supposed to help increase appetite and produce hormones.
Full spectrum bulbs should be replaced every six months to ensure the bearded dragon is receiving adequate amounts of UV-A and UV-B.
Bring Your Bearded Dragon House
Make sure the habitat is ready for its new tenant
The bearded dragon habitat should be fully operational and set up long before you bring your new bearded dragon home. It’s better to have all the heating, lighting and decor already set up and running at least a week before the newcomer is introduced to the habitat.
It is to reduce the possibility of stress and shock the bearded dragon can occur while adjusting to the new environment. Do not bring home a bearded dragon that has no heat, no ultraviolet light, and especially no food. It is important to have food on hand when you bring the baby home. Do you want to start offering food as soon as possible.
As mentioned earlier, the habitat set about a week before buying your new bearded dragon. Put all the material to make sure they work properly, and to achieve the desired environment for your new pet.
Use the lighting as you would if the bearded dragon lived. Turn on elephant lights, heating pads, ceramic heat, and monitor elephant temperatures and cold areas. Make sure they are at desirable levels.
They have all the furniture in place, like perch, wood or stone substrate, all artificial plants are recommended, and have the Hide box ready to go. Place a small bowl with some cut vegetables and fruits in the habitat just before taking the bearded dragon from the pet store. In addition, provide a small bowl of shallow water. It’s good to have these available when you place the new bearded dragon in his house. It will help promote his appetite.
Do not bring home a bearded dragon habitat, without setting up first! This can cause a lot of stress for the bearded dragon baby, and create a slow start for his growth and prosperity.
What you need!
housing (at least one tank 30-gallon breeder)
wire mesh sieve
Fluorescent full spectrum bulb for shielded reptiles
A heat lamp or heat ceramic emitters with dome style fixtures
heating pad (if necessary)
At least two digital thermometers or mercury
Food and water bowls
driftwood or rocks for a perch
insects and food plants
has one of the biggest animals ever!
Bearded dragons are wonderful pets to own, and you will have years of fun while owning one. With a little maintenance and lots of love, you will have no problem following a more entertaining and entertaining pet that you could imagine