If you are on this page, it is very likely that you have newly adopted a bearded dragon or you are planning to get one.
Bearded dragons have become so popular nowadays, it wouldn’t be unusual to see them being kept at vivariums and cages at your friend’s house; not like before when you can only see wild reptiles at zoos or at animal exhibits and shows.
Bearded Dragon Care Guide
At first glance, bearded dragons look quite intimidating, with their spike-lined body and exotic appearance; but when you really get to know these creatures, they are in fact one of the most docile reptiles in the planet—and anyone who has cared for a dragon can attest to that.
But since these animals are fit to live in the wild, keeping them at your home would require some very important elements.
Nonetheless, these reptiles are relatively easy to care for. And to help you properly care for your bearded dragon, I have provided you with a concise but helpful bearded dragon guide.
First things first. Get to know your reptile.
Bearded dragons have originated from the dry woodlands and deserts of Australia. They belong to the lizard family with a scientific genus classification of Pogona.
There are eight official species belonging to this genus but the most commonly domesticated type is the Pogona vitticeps or commonly known as the inland bearded dragon.
These animals are attention-lovers, gentle and are active and alert in nature. So a change in its disposition would most likely indicate that it is unwell.
The Perfect Habitat.
The best enclosure for your dragon would be a glass tank—like an aquarium. And, with regards to the size, the bigger the enclosure the better.
But as a general rule, each adult dragon should be kept in at least a 50-gallon tank and youngsters in a 10-gallon enclosure.
And as mentioned earlier, dragons are well-adapted to hot and dry environments so these factors should be considered when building a dwelling for them.
Furniture and other accessories such as lamps and lighting are should also be given importance.
A Healthy Diet
Bearded dragons are omnivorous creatures—meaning they devour both plant and animal materials.
A healthy diet for your reptile would include a regular serving of fresh salads—greens, vegetable and fruits—and an occasional portion of insects and small animals.
But you need to be careful with what you feed your pet as some food might not be good for them; like spinach and some toxic bugs.
And if you are looking into increasing the number of your bearded dragon, then it would help to know that these reptiles are relatively easy to breed and to reproduce.
All you need to do is to get a healthy partner for your dragon and place them inside an enclosure that is large enough for the both of them, and they will breed in no time.
But most reptile enthusiasts agree that the time after the brumation period of your reptile is the most excellent time for breeding.
Yes, like all creatures, your bearded dragon can get sick too.
Among their most common diseases are parasitic infestation (both external and internal), malnutrition (calcium-deficit), diarrhea, skin problems, gut impactions and respiratory ailments.
Your pet can also get sick from acquiring injuries associated with burns or wounds and they may also suffer from retention of ova (egg binding).
If you want to more about your bearded dragons and how to care for them, you can also find other articles on our site that discuss specific topics in detail.