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Care Sheet for Bearded Dragons

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.88    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 01/20/2005

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Bearded Dragons

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Flip21

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Bearded Dragon

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Sexing and Characteristics:

Male Beardies usually are bigger(in length and head size), and are more beautifully colored. Sexually mature males have femoral pores under their legs. They also have two hemipenial bulges on the base of their tail. Females have one bulge on the base of their tail. Females will usually weigh more than males for breeding purposes.

Bearded Dragons are extremely tame creatures. They get to lengths of about 19-24 inches. I have herd of one that was almost 30 inches in total length! Beardies also have the best reptile personality (in my opinion). They are also very colorful even the ones that arenít morphs.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

I use wheat bran, because it is safer than sand and still has that "sandy" look.

They donít need to have a water dish in their enclosure 24/7 but they can. Some people give beardies a water dish 2-3 times a week. I have mine in his cage 24/7 though. It wonít hurt him.

Lighting and UVB:

I use a GE regular 60 watt light bulb. Now so-called fancy rip off bulbs.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Basking: Have the basking temp hover around 100-105 degrees

Warm side: 85-88 degrees

Cool side: Around 79-82 degrees

Heating and Equipment:

No need for heating pads, but again it does depend on where you live. NO HOT ROCK!!!! I can not stress about how dangerous these things are. Even if you have a temp control on them they are still dangerous. Get a digital thermometer.

Caging Provided:

My BD is in a 40-gallon terrarium. For two BDís have a 65-70-gallon. Or use a vision cage.

Diet:

Omnivorous

Description of Diet:

I feed crickets and the occasional super worm for feeder insects. There are other choices instead of crickets like lobster roaches.

For greens I feed a staple of 3 types of greens: collard, mustard and chicory.

I feed butternut and acorn squash along with parsnips for veggies.

And for fruits I treat my BD with strawberries, grapes, and blueberries.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

For babies and juvies I would dust with calcium 4-5 times a week and vitamins 1-2 times a week for adults dust with calcium 2-3 times a week and vitamins 1 time a week.

Maintenance:

Clean cage when they poo. Make sure they have fresh, clean water.

Some Words on this Species:

This is a great lizard to own. They are very docile and very inquisitive about their surroundings.

The best entry level herp period.
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