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Below is a list of the major areas involved in keeping healthy bearded dragons.  If you have any questions please direct them to the following email address: john@beardeddragons.biz 

HOUSING

Hatchlings can be kept in as small as a 20 gallon aquarium. Soon they will outgrow that and move to a larger aquarium or cage. Adult bearded dragons must have a minimum of a 40 gallon cage, preferable 50 gallon or larger. Remember bearded dragons must be able to thermo regulate. That means they alter their temperature by going from the basking spot at the hot end of the cage to the cool side of the cage. This allows them to properly digest their food and also cool off when necessary.

Lighting and Temperature

Bearded dragons need a full spectrum (UVB) light as well as a basking light. You can use a Zoo Med 10.0 UVB reptile bulb for a full spectrum light. For the basking site you need a basking lamp available at pet stores. The important thing with the basking lamp is that directly under it at the basking site the temperature reaches 100-110 F within an hour. Place a reptile thermometer directly on the rock or stick they will be perching on to bask. If the temp is too low get a larger wattage lamp or lower the lamp an inch or two and try again. If the temperature is too high then get a lower wattage lamp or raise the light an inch or two from the basking site. Now you need to make sure that the cool side of the cage is around 80-85 F. If your bearded dragon can't cool off they can dehydrate and die, it is essential that your temperatures are set correctly. Get a timer and set it for 12-14 hours of lighting. Night time temps can safely drop into the sixties.

Feeding

NO MEAL WORMS! Bearded dragons need the correct size crickets for the size dragon you have. The crickets can't be longer than the width between the eyes of your dragon. Too large of prey can harm your dragon. Hatchlings eat crickets 3-4 times per day starting an hour after the lights come on. Juvenile dragons eat 1-2 times per day, and adults eat once per day. Every day dust the crickets with rep-cal calcium supplement and use herpavite once a week. Also offer a variety of finely chopped greens for hatchlings once a day, i.e.. mustard greens, collard greens, romaine lettice, leaf lettice. For juvenile to adult bearded dragons chop into 1/4 inch pieces and you can add frozen vegetables, or fresh fruit chopped into bite-size peaces mixed in with their greens. Remember that only a little vegetables or fruit mixed with the greens.

Water

To keep your dragon hydrated give them a bath 1-2 times per week. You can use a rubbermaid container, fill with luke warm water up the the dragons shoulders, or only up to their knees for babies. Also you can mist your dragon on the head once per day. Mist and then wait a few seconds. Then mist again and until they drink, mist until they stop licking. It is extremely important to keep your bearded dragons hydrated to insure their health. If you have any question email below and I will be happy to answer them for you!


 

 

 

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