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Bearded Dragons Care- How to Properly take Care of Your Bearded Dragon
Bearded Dragons Care Introduction
Bearded Dragons originally hail from the scrub lands of Australia. There are two main types: inland and coastal. Inland Bearded Dragons are the most common, and are also known as Yellow Headed Bearded Dragons. Adult male Bearded dragons can grow up to two feet long (24inches). These dragons are skillful climbers who are naturally curious and alert to their surroundings. So if your Bearded Dragon seems sluggish and inactive, you may want to take a close look at the habitat you have provided for it, and see if it needs to be improved. You should also make sure there are veterinarians in the area who know how to treat Bearded Dragons.
If you do not have a Bearded Dragon, and are considering becoming a pet parent of one, you should do a thorough inspection before purchasing. Check to see if the Bearded Dragon is alert. When you walk up to the cage, the Bearded Dragon should come near to observe you. However, if it takes no interest in you or anyone else, be wary because something is wrong. Remember these creatures are naturally very curious and active.
Secondly, look for infection. Does the bearded dragon have limbs that look infected? Is there gunk in the dragon's eyes? If so, this is an indication of an unhealthy Bearded dragon. In addition, do you want to purchase a baby bearded dragon, or do you want to purchase an adult bearded dragon?
Taking care of a Bearded Dragon can be expensive. Taking care of them is simple if you build the right habitat for them. However providing the habitat and diet can prove to be some what expensive, especially for baby Bearded Dragons. Babies tend to stress easily and need to be fed at least two to three times a day. They also tend to have large appetites that can consume 20 to 60 baby crickets a day. This can be costly.
However, adult bearded dragons only need to eat once a day, and can be fed a variety of foods (especially because they are omnivores), such as: collard greens, mustard greens, locusts, meal worms and roaches. Be careful not to feed your Bearded Dragon specimens that you might find in your yard for they may be infected with pesticides and other types of yard gas that can threaten the health of your Bearded Dragon.
Bearded Dragons Care Diet
Bearded Dragons Care: Diet
Being omnivores, Bearded Dragons have a diverse diet. Earlier I mentioned that Bearded Dragons can eat collard greens and mustard greens. However, they can eat kale greens. Basically, they can eat any type of greens. (That is not to say that they can eat lettuce though.) They can also eat:
(Be sure to provide special supplements for your Bearded Dragon at least twice a week.) Make sure that the food you feed to your Bearded dragon is not any bigger than the space in between its eyes. Food larger than this can cause serious health implications for your Bearded Dragon. For the proper "Bearded Dragons care", there is a chart above that will let you know what size insect your Beardie can eat in comparison to its age.
Bearded Dragons Care (How to take of your Bearded Dragon) Courtesy of pmgman13
Bearded Dragons Care: Special Care and Diet Needs
Great kit for getting started with your Bearded Dragon. This kit comes with a care book, 6 oz canned Bearded Dragon Food, 2 oz. pelleted Bearded Dragon Food, 1.2 oz. Can O Mini Crickets, Reptile Rock Water Dish, and 4.25 oz bottle of ReptiSafe water conditioner.
Provide the Proper Habitat
For the proper "Bearded Dragons care", you must have the right habitat. To successfully provide a suitable habitat for a happy and health Bearded Dragon, you must mimic its natural habitat.
What does the natural habitat of a Bearded Dragon Consist of?
The natural habitat for a Bearded Dragon consists of:
Bushes (Once you obtain your own Bearded Dragon, you can provide artificial bushes and trees, etc.)
Caves (They like to play hide and seek...it's true!)
(Make sure you also provide sturdy places for them to climb and hang.)
For the proper care of your Bearded Dragon, you must provide the proper terrarium or aquarium for it. Make sure that the terrarium or aquarium is properly ventilated. For baby Bearded Dragons, nothing less than 40 gallons, for adults, nothing less than 55 gallons. The more room the better and the happier your pet will be.
A Bearded Dragon needs 12-14 hours of sunlight a day. To provide this for your pet, you must acquire a Reptisun 5.0 fluorescent UVB bulb. Remember, these lights should stretch almost to the entirety of the cage, and the light should not be inside the cage but outside (hanging over) the cage. You will also need a combination light fixtures that is able to handle both fluorescent fixtures and incandescent fixtures to provide the necessary nutrients for your Bearded dragon. Be sure to also keep a thermometer in your cage so that you can check to see the temperatures in the habitat.
"Bearded Dragons Care": Habitat Needs
A fantastic replica of a Natural looking rockface, made from a lightweight foam material that takes up no more than 1-inch of your aquarium or reptile enclosure giving your pets a natural enviornment to feel at home in.
Each Reptile Habitat Kit includes: Reptile Cage Carpet, Beginners Guide to Reptile Care book, Reptivite, High Range Reptile Thermometer, food/water bowl and a ReptiCare Rock Heater.
The Exo Terra Solar-Glo Sun 160 watt Simulating Terrarium Lamp is the solution to one of the most important aspects of keeping reptiles and amphibians, providing the benefits of natural sunlight. The proper balance of ultraviolet light (including UVA and UVB), visual light and infrared light (heat) in one easy-to-install bulb, makes the Exo Terra Solar-Glo Sun Simulating Terrarium Lamp the choice of professional breeders. The Solar-Glo is a full spectrum light with carefully tuned peaks to ensure appetite, activity, brilliant colors, and calcium absorption through Vitamin D3 production, and above all to prevent metabolic bone disease.
Keep your Beardie Cool
Providing proper "Bearded Dragons care" is important. You need to make sure that a you keep your Bearded Dragon cool or hydrated. You can two do this in one or two ways.
1) Have a spritz or spray bottle in which you keep water and spritz your dragon every other day.
2) Give it a bath! This is great for hygiene and for cooling your beardie as well. Only fill up the water until it is chest high. To prevent your Beardie from drowning, do not leave it alone. With the proper Bearded Dragons care, your Beardie can live ten to twelve years.