BEARDED DRAGONS

Properly cared for Bearded dragons make one of the best pet reptiles available. Their needs are not complex and these active, intelligent lizards are very responsive and tame.


Food

Bearded Dragons love hunting down live insects such as giant mealworms , crickets and woodies . a dragon needs to have a variety of other foods to do well a mixture of fruits and vegetables need to be offered a few times a week, such as apple , carrot , celery ,squash and salad greens . Hibiscus flowers are also a great source of food . There are also pellets available which make a great source of vitamins and minerals


Heat

Being a reptile , the dragons do not have an inbuilt means to control their own body temperature , so therefore when they are being kept indoors they need to have a heat source that they can approach or avoid as the need arises . These animals love to bask in a hot area , soaking up the heat . this gives them the energy they need o be able to digest their food , move around and find more food . insufficient heating can cause stress related and respiratory health problems. Keep your hot spot around 33 - 36 degrees


UVB Light

Most reptiles need exposure to UVB light to enable them to process vitamin D in their bodies . Without a good source of UVB light your pet will suffer from problems with its skeleton and joints, usually resulting in metabolic bone disease .  Deformities are not uncommon in animals that are housed with no UVB and this can result in paralysis and death . A good reptile fluoro like a 10.0 UVB or 200 compact is essential if your animal does not get regular exposure to natural sunlight . This exposure needs to be direct ,not through glass or plastic . UVB IS COMPLETELY ELIMINATED THROUGH GLASS AND PLASTIC . Please make sure UVB lights are open on the tank or through grate or a cage . Please change your UVB  bulbs every 6 to 8 months , they will run out of UBV after this amount of time.


Calcium

A juvenile bearded dragon can quadruple its size in just a few months . to do this large amounts of calcium are needed to build healthy bones . To ensure that your animal gets all the calcium that it requires , you should regularly supplement your animals food with a good calcium powder. an easy and effective way to do this is to dust the powder directly on all live food fed or mix with vegetables or  on top of giant mealworms for adult dragons . Also feed your live food a good insect booster to boost the nutritional value and calcium content the day before you feed to your reptile 


Water

Some hatchling and juvenile bearded dragons don't take well to drinking from bowls . It is necessary to spray water directly onto the animal daily in summer to encourage them to drink ,and soak them directly in a shallow bowl at least once a week for a minimum of 20 minutes to 30 minutes to rehydrate them and encourage them to drink . Pay attention to your animal, if you don't see them drinking from a bowl soak them down more if needed . Change water bowls daily .


Housing

Dragons as pets are ideally kept individually . please be aware that all hatchling and juvenile dragons will fight over food and territory , please keep them separate until they mature and keep only one male and one female if housing them in an indoor terrarium .Two females can be housed together if you don't want to breed them, just don't keep males together you also risk them fighting over territory . Recommended size tank for a standard dragon is a minimum of 3 foot ideally 4 foot terrarium .For Pygmy dragons minimum for one dragon is around 2 to 2 1/2 foot terrarium. The same requirements are needed as in UVB and heat for Pygmy dragons.


Cage set up

Dragons like to climb , so there should be ample amounts of high rocks and branches throughout the cage for them to climb on . Basking areas should be created with tall rocks to enable them to get close to their heat source and UVB lights. don't forget all reptiles need an area to get away from heat lights and relieve stress and help regulate their body temperature . Clean water should always be provided and a suitable food bowl so the reptile isn't consuming substrate.


Substrate

There are quite a few different options . We recommend  ultra fine sand ,which comes in a variety of colours ,desert blend which we only recommend for adult size dragons as its a course substrate and can cause impactation in smaller dragons .Newspaper or reptile carpet can also be used .


Warning

Calcium and vitamin D3 deficiencies are common in bearded dragons if proper supplements are not provided . make sure vitamin D3 and calcium are used together .

 



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