Why Bearded Dragons make good pets
The Bearded Dragon
The Bearded Dragon originated in Australia but have been domesticated to make great pets!(otherwise they would run or try to attack you). They are desert reptiles and because of that they don't come in contact with water, like at all, and get most if not all of their water from the food they eat. These guys are also great tree climbers, and so, have claws to help them climb. They are omnivores so they eat meat, fruit, and vegetables, for meat they eat crickets and meal worms and other types of insects, and for the the fruit and vegetables they eat whatever comes across their way. During the day they don't do much but take in sunlight and UV rays, and because of all these attributes they make really good pets!
Diseases in Bearded Dragons
- Bearded Dragon Health, Illness, & Disease Symptoms
Learn the symptoms of common bearded dragon health problems and diseases including not eating, tail rot, impaction, infections and more.
Taking care of your Bearded Dragons
Although there are a few things that you need in order to have a healthy, and in some cases living, Bearded Dragon. UVB light and calcium dust is one of the most important things that you need to have in your enclosure, with out those things your beardie can develop MB, or metallic bone disease. MB is the most common disease with Bearded Dragons, with out a UVB light, your beardie will pull calcium out of his bones causing weakening in the bones, and if not treated, death.
Another important thing that they require is a heat lamp so that they can regulate their body temperature, and also a heat lamp for night as well.
Good substrate is important too. I've read, and been told this, several times, never put your Bearded Dragon in sand before 6 or 8 inches, otherwise its not good for him. This is more of a suggestion than fact, yes you run the higher risk of getting your lizard impacted if you put him in sand young, but I have a friend who did it and his lizard is happy and healthy. But you don't have to use sand, if you need to save a couple of bucks put down some paper towels, it makes his business even easier to clean up.
Since he is a tree climber he needs something to climb on and hid in. I didn't buy any of my lizards hides, I just walked around the woods and found some tree branches and rocks to put in my tank, saved me easily 20 bucks if I went to Petsmart to get his stuff.
Food and water are needed as well. Some of the staple diets include crickets or mealworms, I grow my own mealworms so i don't have to buy a whole lot of food. But when I don't have any mealworms I buy Flunkers freeze dried mealworms and crickets, they are a whole lot easier to give him. Although Bearded Dragons get their moisture from the food they eat it is always good to put a water bowl in the tank just to be sure he is getting all the water he needs.
The Substrate Dilemma
For Bearded Dragon owners this is a big deal, when getting your first dragon you'll hear people telling you that it's a bad idea to put your beardie in sand. But it doesn't matter either way, yes if you put your beardie in sand you run the risk of getting sand in your beardies eye. But it doesn't matter your beardie will blink it out and if not, run some water over his eye and it will come out. Bearded Dragons are made for this because THEY ARE FROM THE DESERT, getting sand in your beardies eye may irritate you and the dragon but it won't hurt or kill it (if treated soon and not left in the eye, but even then he won't croak). People have made this into a big deal when it is not either substrate will be just fine for your dragon.
What to do with your Bearded Dragon
What makes a Bearded Dragon such fun pets is that they don't really care what's going on, as long as they don't feel they are in danger. On top of that they don't really do much any way so you don't really have to worry about them going anywhere (me and my friend like to take out his beardie while we play halo and sometimes I'll forget I have him sitting on my lap, he says its like having a pet rock). Unlike most other pets, where you have to tame them to get them to let you hold them, beardies do not need a lot of taming, mine didn't need any, before you take them out of your tank to play with. Most Bearded Dragons aren't extremely active so they don't do a whole lot of running around (some do, I know, but usually they just lay on your stomach and do nothing).So with that said you don't usually take them out to watch them do something stupid, like cats, you take them out while your doing something else, like watching TV, playing video games, reading a book, watching Youtube, and stuff like that. Now yes, I have seen Bearded Dragons run around the room at top speeds, jump off stuff, or even just be extremely active and they are fun to watch do stupid things but for the most part they are just good to have next to you while doing homework.
Bearded Dragons, like I said before, don't really care what happens to them, so its also fun to do stuff to them, like I put mine on top of a remote controlled car and drove it around. couldn't tell if he liked it or not because he didn't to anything! But hey, if you've done something to your lizard (that didn't hurt it or scare it to death) tell me in the comments below!
And are you able to train your Bearded Dragon? I don't think anyone really knows the answer to this question, I've seen some bearded dragons do certain things that would involve training of some sort but are not considered tricks, but i'm trying it. Training your pet to do anything should involve a lot of treats and lots of repetitions, the reasons dogs can be trained to do tricks is probably just because of their brain. But i'm pretty positive that with the right motivation and training you can train anything including bearded dragons!
- Putting a pond in your terrarium
This project is simple, cheap,easy, and when finished looks awesome!
What to do with your tank
What you have in your tank is important for two reasons, one, because he needs places to hide, climb, and sleep, so the more stuff you have in there the more places he has to chose from. Second the more stuff you have you can make it look awesome! As I've said before, i do not buy any of my décor and stuff from stores (especially not from Petsmart or Petco), they are way too expensive! Instead I go out into the woods or by the lake and find driftwood (drift wood is better because its usually tougher and less brittle) or branches from trees. These not only make it look authentic but they are FREE! and you can get as many as your tank can hold ( sadly Bearded Dragons grow really big so as they get bigger you'll have to take some stuff out). Another thing that you can do with your tank to make it look cool is to put a pond in it. Its super easy to do just takes some time and about 20 dollars.
- Bearded Dragon Diet, Food, & Nutrition Guide
Learn proper bearded dragon diet and nutrition. Get the step-by-step guide on the best foods to feed your bearded dragon with diet charts.
What to feed your Bearded Dragon
If you didn't know Bearded Dragons are omnivores so they need a balance of meat, fruit, and vegetables. When they are young (less than a year old) you should feed it 80% meat and 20% fruit and vegetables, but after they are a year old they should have those flipped, so it becomes 20% meat and 80% fruit and vegetables, but only 10% fruit. But as you can imagine they can only eat certain types of food.
3. Bell Peppers (raw)
4. Mustard greens
5. Cabbage (raw)
6. Cucumber (peeled)
Here's a link to find out more!
Now for the meat, There are different kinds of meat that bearded dragons will eat, the real question is which one is the easiest for you? there are
4. Mice (when they are older)
There are others that you can give, these are just the most popular.
I, personally, like to feed my beardie live food, but i don't like having to buy them, so what I did is I started growing mealworms. Its super easy to do, and they reproduce like wild fire, I started out with fifty, and now have about 500-1000. But there are times when I don't have any meal worms to give him, so I grabbed some Flunkers freeze dried mealworms and crickets from Walmart (you most likely have one near you, they're everywhere). I really liked using them because I don't have to have a designated feeding time for him, I just dust a bunch of mealworms and a few crickets ( I like to give him a variety to chose from) and just leave them in his tank so he can eat whenever he needs to.
How I Feed my Bearded Dragon
The way I feed my lizard is very simple and easy. I take two feeding dishes, (which ever size you think you need) one for the meat and one for the vegetables. For the meat I use Flunkers Freeze dried meal worms and dump in as much as my feeding dish can hold. Then i take a vitamin supplement (that has calcium) and sprinkle it over the meal worms and shake until all are coated lightly. Then for the vegetable bowl, i cut up the the desired vegetable (i like cabbage) and fill the bowl with it. Then i sprinkle just a little bit of the vitamin supplement on top of that as well. This has served me well for months now, and my lizard is about a year old (just for reference).
Brumation is just a fancy word for hibernation, when it gets cold outside your lizard will start to be less active during the day. This may last all through winter, don't freak out when all your lizard does is sleep, because this is a normal habit. You may think that he is sick because he may not eat, drink or even go to the bathroom but this is normal too!