ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

All About Bearded Dragons

Updated on January 21, 2010

Bearded Dragons are desert creatures, and are perfectly at home in dry, hot conditions. They hail from Australia, and live in arid, rocky, semi-desert regions there. Bearded Dragons belong to the Pogona genus, which contains six other species of lizard along with the Berdie. Bearded Dragons have a life expectancy of about 5 - 10 years, however with proper care they can live longer.

Baby Beardies.
Baby Beardies.
Up close and personal.
Up close and personal.
Relaxing Dragon.
Relaxing Dragon.

Bearded Dragons, of course, have a "beard". This is a piece of skin on the throat that will expand when threatened, along with skin on the back of the head. This "flap" of skin is hidden by spiny scales placed in clusters and rows on the throat. Their spiny exterior makes them look somewhat dangerous to hold, like cuddling a porcupine. When felt, these "spines" are rubbery, and bend when the dragon is not on alert or being threatened. They have a long tail, which makes up at least half the length of the dragon itself. Talons are present on their feet, but are not nearly as sharp as they look and generally used for climbing.

Bearded Dragons have a very calm nature, which makes them wonderful pets for adults and children alike, with supervision of course.

Dragons do require special care, as any pet does. A habitat will be in order. This should be 3 - 4 times as long as your dragon, to give him/her ample exercise room. Bearded Dragons are often very rambunctious, especially the juveniles.

A "lid" or top will be required for the tank. Dragons are avid climbers, and jumpers, and will need a top for the tank to securly home him/her inside. Substrate will be required, a "bedding" for your dragon. Sand is often recommended for this. Your dragon should be provided with something to climb on, such as a "basking rock". Two non-tipping bowls should be placed in his habitat as well. One should be kept filled with clean, fresh water. The other should hold greens and vegetables.

A heating pad should be placed under a part of the habitat, but not the whole length, so that the Dragon can get to a cooler area if need be. Also, a UV light will be needed. The UVB rays from this light not only help the Dragon's bones develop and stay healthy, but they also help him digest his food!

A Dragon's main diet should be made up of about 80% leafy greens, 10% veggies, and 10% protein, or insects. Some vegitation can be harmful to Bearded Dragons, so below is a safe list that I aquired from Randor Veterinary Hospital of Pennsylvania:

"Good examples of greens to feed your dragon include collard greens, endive, dandelion leaves(no flowers), red and green leaf lettuce, romaine, mustard greens, parsley, and beet leaves. There are many other greens that can be a part of the diet, but the ones listed above are a good start. The underlined examples provide an excellent source of calcium. Kale and spinach also provide calcium, but should be limited since they can interfere with thyroid hormone. You can also give a small amount of fruit and vegetables such a carrot, pepper, cucumber, broccoli, tomato, banana, strawberries and melon. If you’d like to provide a constant supply of vegetation for your dragons, then in addition to the above-mentioned vegetables, potted plants such as purslane, pothos, hibiscus and garden greens can also be placed in the cage. Purslane and hibiscus in particular are very good for them and these plants tolerate the high temperatures of a bearded dragon habitat. Stay away from mushrooms, avocado, and berries from outside trees and bushes. "

Meal worms, superworms, and crickets serve as a good source of protein for your Bearded Dragon. You can ask your local pet store or vet about other types of are acceptable and safe.

Since Dragons are desert animals, they do not require a lot of water. On top of this, they also have a very unique way of "drinking" their liquids. Twice daily, your dragon should be misted with warm water. You can do this with a small spray bottle. Bearded Dragons absorb water through their skin rather than drinking it. Along with this, your Dragon should be bathed once a week. To do this, fill your sink, or some other container, with warm water, shallow enough for your dragon to stand in and keep his head above the water. Gentle rub over his body to loosen any sand that could be stuck in his pores. Not bathing your dragon can lead to constipation.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Gabbt The Brave 

      5 years ago

      I posted a coiner yesterday and it's gone. This is a complaint not a commercial. Or it can be both. Either way.

    • profile image

      mason 

      5 years ago

      My bearded dragon realy fast and eats a lot and i have two and the either one does not eat. Why wont eat when he or she eat

    • profile image

      striker 

      5 years ago

      bgjht

    • profile image

      Coe 

      6 years ago

      Did it die? Cause mine did when it turned black .... It ate a bad mealworm

    • profile image

      Patty 

      6 years ago

      Do Bearded Dragons go into hybernation, My Beasrded Dragon is about 8 years old , and is not wanting to eat he has baths regularly, and he is really Black looking , what sould I do. Please Help. Thank You Patty

    • profile image

      sosursob 

      6 years ago

      QI on TV said bearded dragons wick up water from their feet into the corners of their mouths for drinking. Is this true?

    • profile image

      gerti 

      7 years ago

      i just got my new bd today and i love him/her soooo sweet lol

    • profile image

      kyle 

      7 years ago

      ive just brought 2 dragons 1 male an 1 female both 8month and been together for most of the 8 month,my question is when do they become sexually active and will they become aggressive towards each other

    • ReptileRevolution profile image

      ReptileRevolution 

      7 years ago from California

      I'd appreciate your feedback on my beardie site about foods. Thanks.

      http://www.bearded-dragon-food.com

    • profile imageAUTHOR

      Cowgirl0216 

      7 years ago

      Jordan: When was the last time your beardie was bathed? Beardies should be bathed every few days. If sand builds up in their pores it can constipate them.

    • profile image

      jordan 

      7 years ago

      what might be wrong if my breadie has not gone to the bathroom in a week?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)