GeneralBearded dragon is a unique reptile that is very suitable to adopt as pet. By understanding this animal in the wild and its origin, it is beneficial as a pet owner.
After knowing its background, taking care of bearded dragons is much easier as vivarium habitat may be easily mimicked as close as possible to the natural environment.
Bearded dragon is getting popular in pet community because they are very common and available at many places. These reptile pets are docile and friendly reptile pets; easy to handle and play with once they are familiar with the owner. If the owners are spending much of the time with them, they will be quite close to owners. As clarified by most of the pet owners, they are saying that their bearded dragons are quite attached to them.
Bearded Dragon Housing
It is very important that you provide your bearded dragon with proper housing. Failure to do so will cause stress and lead to health problems. Here is everything you need to know about bearded dragon habitats.
One of the most important factors when choosing an ideal enclosure is size. If you have a baby then i would recommend a minimum of 24" x 15" x15" ( L x D x H ) but if going for a single adult then 36" x 15" x 15" ( L x D x H ). I Have 2 adults in a 60" x 19" x 21 ( L x D x H ) this is way more than they need and would probably surface in a 48" x 19" x 19" ( L x D x H )
If you use an aquarium to house your bearded dragon, you need to put a lid on top. You should avoid using plexiglass, wood, or glass lids. These types of lids will trap humidity, prevent air from circulating, and block light. Instead, you should use a screen lid to prevent these problems.
The type of substrate you use in your bearded dragon habitat is very important. It’s best to use, paper, or paper towels for new born and juveniles. I personally use children's play sand 7 months onwards as it's sterile and quite cheap. There are certain types of substrates you should never use. They include corn cob, walnut shell, and wood shavings and most of all calci sand (this can prove to be fatal).
Corn cob can grow mould and fungus. Walnut shell may be sharp and cause injuries. It can also be ingested and cause impaction. If you have a juvenile dragon, you should never use a loose type of substrate. He will likely ingest it which will lead to impaction calci sand being the biggest culprit.
( even in adult Beardies although recommended by pet shops is not a good idea. )
These lizards are semi-arboreal. Although they don’t spend a lot of time in trees, they do like to perch off the ground sometimes. Therefore, you should provide your beardie with stuff that he can climb on. Logs, branches, and rocks are your main choices. You should also put one of these climbing objects in the basking area. Never use heatwave rocks for Bearded dragons as they cannot determine temperature on the underside of their bodies
It’s important that you provide hiding spots in the enclosure. This will help to reduce stress. Ideally, you should have more than one. Hiding spots should be made available on both sides of the temperature gradient.
You need to be careful when keeping more than one bearded dragon. Juvenile males may be able to get along, but mature males definitely will not. Keeping adult males together is a recipe for disaster. A male and female can be kept together, but you need to keep an eye on the male because he may become overly aggressive during breeding season. Females can usually get along fine, although they’ve been known to fight occasionally.
While I use a children's play-sand for my substrate as it's sterile and easy to clean, your Beardies are still going to poop allot hence another good reason for using play-sand (NOT CALCI SAND) as it coats the poop and then all you do is use a sand scoop.
Once a week clean your viv using something along the lines of ARK-KLENS as this is a safe germicide and cleanser for routine cleaning. Follow the instructions for dilution, put into a spray bottle and off you go, give your bowls a good clean and the water bowl as this could be the main source for infection. ( i normally put my Beardies into another viv or give them a bath while I spray the sand mixing it up a little then allow to dry out before putting the Beardies Back in.