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Care Sheet for Bearded Dragons

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.38    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 09/25/2005

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Bearded Dragons

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Sandydadragon

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Bearded Dragons

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

bearded dragons

Sexing and Characteristics:

The easiest way to sex a bearded dragon is to look at the base of thir tale and if its a maleit will have 2 visible bulges,or if a female it will have 1 bulge or no visible bump.Males will also have bumps along their legs known as pores.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

SUBTRATES to never use.. no sand because it causes impaction it also is hard to scoop the poo out so he would be living in his own feces petstore bought sand is twice as worse because it turns gummy in their stomach. it is a good idea to stay away from all particle substrates like sand bark etc. Substrates that are safe are textured tile,non adhesive shelfliner,indoor outdoor carpet or reptile carpet,paper towels,newspaper,computer paper, or slate. No water bowl should be used because that can raise humidity and risk resperatory infections.misting the cage alittle once and a while and giving your dragon soaks,and giving him plenty of greens will keep your dragon hydrated.

Lighting and UVB:

U need a basking spot like a flood lamp or a regular light bulb for a basking spot use a digital thermometer to make sure u have the correct temps.u also need a uvb bulb within 6 inches of your dragon.i use 8.0s for my dragons or u could use a reptisun 5.0 or 10.0.

Temperatures and Humidity:

No humidity needed because they are desert animals except an occasional mist.the basking spot should be 105 to 115 degrees for babies and anywhere from 95 to 105 degrees for adults.the cooler spot should be around 85 and the coolest side should be around 75 degrees. the temp at night should get no lower than 60 but if it does get cooler where u live u can use a heatpad but be very careful because beardies sense heat from above not below and NEVERuse hotrocks.

Heating and Equipment:

Info already provided.

Caging Provided:

I use a 20 gallon for babies and for adults i use at least a 40 gallon breeder but try to provide the biggest cage u can provide.

Diet:

Omnivorous

Description of Diet:

Inscects like crickets, silkworms,and lobster roaches.treat inscects are superworms waxworms or hornworms. a GREENS are collard,mustard,and turnip greens,escarole,watercress,and dandelion greens.vegetables are snow snap peas, carrots,cucumber,corn,and squash.FRUITS ARE TREATS ONLY i dont use grapes because they are poisonus for dogs and cats and toxic in laqrge doses for reptiles.fruits u can feed-bananas,papaya,kiwi,watermelon,strawberries,and more.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Use calcium every day for babies and every few days for adults.multivitamins about once or twice weekly.i feed repcal bd pellets every day also.

Maintenance:

Clean cage once a week and i disinfect the cage every 1 to 2 weeks.and if u use a paper substrate change daily.

Some Words on this Species:

Make great pets if properly cared for. very docile and endearing lizards.
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