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Care Sheet for Bearded Dragons

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.25    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 04/08/2004

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Bearded Dragons

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

BlizzKillz

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Bearded Dragon

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Bearded Dragon

Sexing and Characteristics:

Female have a single bulge at the base of the tail, males have to bulges that look like an hourglass almost.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

I use reptile carpet, itís easy to clean and looks nicer than newspaper. You can use playsand that is very fine, but i find that is a pain to clean and you have to sift out fecal matter etc.

Lighting and UVB:

I use a repti-glo 8.0 uva/uvb fluorsecent bulb for the whole tank, and for heat i use exoterra 100 watt bulb Sun-glo. This seems to work well as it stimulates a good eating appetite and besides beardies are pigs and love to eat!

Temperatures and Humidity:

Temp. on the basking side should range from 90-110F. Beardies can withstand high temps. since they are desert thriving animals.
On the cooler side temp. should be 80-85 F
Night time temp. can go down to 60F safely, but if any colder must use a infra-red heat bulb..i have a 60 watt and it works fine.

Heating and Equipment:

I have an 18" flursecent fixture that i bought at your local home improvement for like 8 bucks and the blub cost me about 20 dollars. Change the uvb bulb every 6 months!

Caging Provided:

Right now i have a 10 gallon tank for my 7 month old beardie, but she is growing rapidly fast so pretty soon iím going to have to switch over to a 30 gallon. Beardies reach total size at about a year old and live 6-10 years if taken care of properly.

Diet:

Omnivorous

Description of Diet:

I feed my dragon 50% veggies and 50% insects(crickets), i buy crickets in bulk which makes it much easier than running out to the pet store, plus i know my crickets are gut loaded and healthy.
Veggies: Green beans, romaine lettuce, apples, melon(sometimes), carrots
Water: I mist my dragon every 2 days, most water comes from the veggies. A good soaking once a week too.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

I use T-rex VMF and ICB dust for crickets and veggies to make them more nutritional. I do this about 3 times a week.

Maintenance:

I clean the tank evey other day, when my dragon has a bowel movement( clean right away!). spray down the enclosure

Some Words on this Species:

A great species, i love P. vitticeps. They are fun loving, very fond and curous about their surroundings, hearty and easy to care for. My dragon just sits on my shoulder and i walk around, they are really "chill" animals.
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