Things you need to know before getting your little bearded dragon

The bearded dragon, the semi-arboreal lizard, majorly lives in Australia, its length is around 40cm to 49cm. Their diets consist of insects and vegetables. The reason that normally bearded dragon has a lifespan of 7 to 12 years old, or even longer, so bearded dragon’s life is comparatively longer than other reptiles and it becomes one of the most fashionable pets for reptile lovers. Nevertheless, there is also a danger of sudden death of bearded dragons if you take care of them without following their living habits. In this REPTIZOO article, you will get to know about the common problems that can prevent form and how to create a happy and healthy environment with your adorable bearded dragon.

 bearded dragon habitat

Temperature and lighting

It is important to have a good monitor on the temperature of the heating lamp terrarium, bearded dragon is also the same as humans in that it also needs to grow up healthily by increasing the absorption of calcium getting through sunbathing. Besides, due to the reason that the bearded dragon belongs to a cold-blooded animal, it needs a high temperature released by the heating bulb to help it digest food properly after eating for at least three hours or it would vomit food and further inflamed intestinal diseased might be caused. In terms of scientific studies, the recommended temperature for the bearded dragon’s habitat is 35-38℃in day time and 20-30℃ at night time. It will be best for bearded dragons if the keeper can use different types of heating lamps depending on the time.

 

75W Full Spectrum UVA UVB Reptile Sun Lamp

  • Provides both UVB and UVA, high-quality visual light, and heat
  • Built-in ballast mercury vapor lamp
  • Provides natural sunlight rays required by reptile pets maintained indoors
  • Effectively prevents metabolic bone disease
  • UVB penetration increased to the distance of 30CM+

 

Ceramic Heat Emitter

  • The material used: high-quality ceramics powder and glaze baked, which produce an infrared ray heating source that penetrates the skin issue, stimulates blood circulation, improves immunity, and enhances health.
  • Fast heating and stable temperature
  • 10,000 hours longer service life
  • Good for animal sleep habits as it is a non-light heat source
  • Waterproof material, which is suitable for terrariums with higher humidity

 

Feeding Food

It is suggested to feed the bearded dragon at noon and afternoon. In addition, the feeding food selectivity is width for a bearded dragon, insects are their favorite food when they are still young, and then bearded dragons will start to love vegetables as they get older. The most common food used to feed bearded dragons are crickets, blaptica dubai, cherry cockroaches, silkworm pupae, silkworms, suckling mice (little amount), and mealworms. However, one thing to note, mealworms and super worms are not fit to eat as their meals because sometimes baby bearded dragons are easy to get enteritis and indigestion. There are two main mistakes that the keeper would make often without understanding the habit: Feeding too much and the food is fairly big. In respect of the feeding food size, it is suggested that the size is better not to exceed the distance between the two eyes of the bearded dragon. The following information is the recommended food size for bearded dragons according to their different body shape.

 

Bearded dragon <10 cm — 0.5-0.8 cm food

Bearded dragon between 10-13  cm — 0.8 cm food

Bearded dragon 13-16 cm — 1 cm food

Bearded dragon 16-22 cm — 1-1.5 cm food

 

Raising Condition

Diverse bearded dragons have different standards for their reptile habitat. Bearded dragons might feel a little indisposed when they move into a new environment, from this it seems providing appropriate habitat for a bearded dragon is one of the most important things to consider before getting one, which is a precondition to ensure your little pet can spend a good time with you.

 

The bearded dragon is a desert animal, that is very drought tolerant so the keeper can provide a setting that simulates the scene in the desert. A terrarium is also a vital thing to consider, the best suitable size of a terrarium for bearded dragons is 85 gallons and 120-gallon, but the size of 40-gallon is also appropriate if the room space is little.

 

Reptizoo 100 Gallon Large Glass Reptile enclosures Size: 36" x 18" x 36".

  • The tough screen top provides ventilation and allows UVB and infrared penetration.
  • Tempered glass and waterproof base, which is sturdy and safe, can be used as a dessert and also a rainforest tank.
  • Easy to feed your pet and make decorations with two front doors which can be opened separately.
  • Easy to install or knockdown in 5 minutes.

 

Tips:

Do not purchase bearded dragons less than 2-month old

If a bearded dragon opens its mouth, it might be because high temperature

Having a shower regularly is beneficial for shedding their skin

Essential supplies: Heating lamp (UVB&UVA), moonlight lamp or ceramic heat emitter, thermohydrographs, enclosures, calcium powder, and food.

To conclude, it's important to keep bearded dragons in a way that mimics the wild as much as possible. Plenty of research is needed to do before getting your bearded dragon. As for more information and advice, you can follow us on Instagram @reptizoous, TikTok @reptizoo_official, and Facebook @REPTI ZOO.