Do you want an exotic pet that is very pretty but easy to care for? A bearded dragon may be a terrific option. These cute lizards make great pets! A Conyers, GA vet discusses bearded dragon care below.
If your scaled pal is a baby, you can put him in a 20-gallon tank for now. However, adult beardies require at least a 75-gallon tank. You’ll need to add a good substrate. Reptile carpet is one good choice. You can also use butcher paper. Calcium sand is fine for adults, but isn’t safe for young lizards. You will also want to add a hidey-hole and dishes. To make your pet’s home more fun and interesting for him, add hammocks, climbing rocks and branches, and plants, so he has spots to nap in and investigate.
Bearded dragons do have some specific environmental needs. Your tiny dinosaur will need both UVA and UVB lights, as well as a basking lamp. Since bearded dragons are cold-blooded, they regulate their temperature by moving from spot to spot. Therefore, you’ll need to set up the terrarium so that one part is warmer than the rest. The majority of the cage can be about 80 F. Your reptilian buddy will also require a basking spot that stays between 95-105 F during the day. At night, it can be cooler. Ask your vet for specific instructions on setting up the cage properly.
Bearded dragons do need some fresh produce, but live bugs should make up the bulk of your pet’s diet. Always buy your beardie’s food from stores, as wild bugs can carry viruses, bacteria, and parasites. You’ll also need to dust the insects with nutritional powder first. Ask your vet for more information.
Just like any other pet, beardies can get sick. Some common symptoms to watch for include reduced appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, and discharge from the eyes, nose, or mouth. Keep a close eye on your scaled pet, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything off.
Bearded dragons are quite friendly, though you will need to interact with your little buddy frequently to keep him tame and social. You may really enjoy letting your reptilian friend hang out with you while you’re reading or watching TV!
Please contact us, your local Conyers, GA pet clinic, with any questions about bearded dragon care. We’re here to help!