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How to Take Care of a Bearded Dragon?

How to take care of a bearded dragon?

Bearded dragons are one of the most popular pet reptiles because of their large size but docile personality and a bit more adventurous spirit than other reptiles. They are also easy to breed, making them a good choice for the pet trade. While bearded dragons are not difficult to care for and make great pets for new reptile owners, that doesn't mean they don't require special care. Read on to learn more about caring for a Bearded Dragon.


    The ideal breeding ground for your bearded dragon

    These sturdy-looking lizards can grow up to 45 centimeters in length, including their long tails, so you'll need plenty of room to explore. With a length of 120 cm, a height of 60 cm and a width of 60 cm, the cage is the minimum size required for an adult dragon.

    Make sure they are made of materials that are safe, ventilated, durable and easy to clean. If you plan to use sand, make sure it is reptile-safe and stay away from 'lime sand', which is toxic if ingested by reptiles.

    Accessories such as pebbles or twigs to climb should be included in the beardie's tank. You can also make your beardie feel safer by providing adequate hiding places.

    Light and temperature

    Bearded dragons require a tank with a temperature of 38-42 degrees Celsius on the warm side and 22-26 degrees Celsius on the shady side. It is also necessary to provide a 10-12% fluorescent UV tube on the hot end to prevent metabolic bone disease in the whiskers. It is also important to maintain low humidity levels. This level can be measured using a hygrometer on the cool side.

    What should I do with my Bearded Dragon?


    Feeding


    Adult bearded dragons should be provided with fresh vegetables daily. Food not eaten within 12-24 hours should be removed from the enclosure. Vegetables should make up 70-80% of an adult Beardie's diet and can be served at any time unless your veterinarian advises otherwise.

    Bearded dragons are cold-blooded creatures and cannot digest food properly (100F) unless they are sufficiently warm inside. So don't feed your dragon right after you turn on the light in the morning! Allow time for the reptile to warm up. In contrast, do not turn off the heat immediately after the second/last meal of the day. Allow an hour or two to stay warm. Also, try to feed them at the same time each day. Consistency is a fantastic stress reliever.

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    Young Bearded Dragons need regular handling to get used to humans, but once they get used to it, most Bearded Dragons are fine. Many people leash their Beardies for a walk in a safe place. However, they do not like long trips, so it is better to leave them at home when going on vacation. Unlike Tokay Gecko, Bearded Dragons are very simple to handle (pun intended). Bearded dragons are happy to spend most of their time in the 'warmth' of the tank, but it is beneficial to take it outside and bond with them.

    Adult Beardies should become more accustomed to handling as they age. Young dragons are rather fragile and can damage or kill them if they fall, but adult Beardies will have to get used to handling them as they age.

    Shedding


    Beardies shed less frequently as they age, starting every week or every 4-6 months depending on maturity. If you have problems with shedding, soaking in lukewarm water can help loosen trapped skin. Bearded dragons may lose their appetite while shedding and may eat their skin lost after completion. During the first nine months or so, young Bearded Dragons molt fully every few weeks. Adult Beardies shed once every few months and do so in patches rather than lumps.

    Dragon skin can discolor and become dull or chalky before it peels off. Beardies tend to be slow and look drowsy and dull.

    You can see your pet's eyes sticking out and worrying about their health, but there's no reason to worry. This is how dragons loosen the old skin around their eyes.

    Except under certain circumstances, most bearded dragons do not need a bath. Soaking in lukewarm water can help with both constipation and clogged stools.

    It is not mandatory to add soap or anything else to these baths unless recommended by your veterinarian. Despite the fact that most Bearded Dragon species evolved in dry environments, many Beardies love to spend time in the water. A warm water bath will help with proper hydration, shedding, exercise and poop.

    Beardie bathing is controversial in terms of its necessity and frequency.

    To keep their skin moist, typical Bearded Dragon owners bathe their pets from once a week to once a month. On the other hand, some people only wash Beardies when they molt.

    Brumation


    Brumation, sometimes known as torpor, is a type of semi-hibernation. Bearded dragons experience bruising throughout the winter, with a significant loss of appetite and appearing lethargic or sleeping too much. If your Beardie isn't feeling well or you're not sure if it's going to get scratched soon, check with your vet to make sure it's safe. Otherwise, you'll have to cut down on food during this time, but keep a light and heat lamp on hand in case you need a Bearded Dragon. If a normally vigilant juvenile or adult Beardie is silent for several days, it may be preparing for brumation, a type of reptile hibernation that occurs throughout the fall.

    Dragons hibernate or even hibernate in the wild to conserve water during the warmest months of the year.


    Enclosure Management


    A little enclosure maintenance is required every day, such as removing uneaten food, providing clean water and removing solid waste. Hard substrates, such as tiles, should be disinfected weekly using a reptile-safe solution. You may need to clean it more often as it is more difficult to wipe the excrement from reptile mats and other rough textured surfaces. Paper towels and newspapers need to be changed when they become wet or dirty. To make sure your Beardie doesn't track feces into food and water bowls, pick them up from the substrate as soon as you detect them. Clean your reptile carpet with detergent once a week (machine washable).

    Rinse thoroughly to remove detergent residue from carpet. Once a month, scrub the tank using a terrarium-safe cleanser.

    I'm not sure what to feed my Beard Dragon.

    Because protein was originally scarce in their environment, Beardies evolved to consume both plants and animals.

    Crickets are the most common protein meal for home-grown Beardies, but experienced dragon owners prefer the fat-rich dubia cockroach.

    Fruits and vegetables


    Bearded dragons eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Each Beardie has its own taste, so offer as many varieties as possible.

    Kale, mustard, collard greens arugula, dandelion, and endive are dark, leafy greens consumed by the bears.

    Alfalfa sprouts, mung beans, watercress, and bok choy are popular menu items. Acorns, butternuts or yellow pumpkins, bell peppers and carrots are examples of yellow, red, and orange vegetables to include in your diet.

    Popular belief is that bearded dragons get most of their water from the protein and vegetables they consume.

    However, home-kept Beardies become dehydrated too often, so scientists agree that Dragons need regular access to fresh water from their plates.

    Diet supplements


    Feeding your bearded dragon nutritious insects and approved fruits, greens and colorful vegetables will provide them with most of the nutrients it needs.

    However, all dragons have items they can't eat, and science hasn't pinpointed beardie's nutritional needs, so we'll have to make the mistake of paying attention and assume he needs to supplement his diet.

    What makes a bearded dragon a good pet?

    Compared to other reptiles such as snakes, chameleons and turtles, bearded dragons are surprisingly sturdy and easy to care for. They make great pets, especially for children.

    They endure long lifespans, are kept warm and clean, and given adequate space to feed and roam several times a day, there are few problems.

    Beardies are attractive for the following reasons:
    • They live over a long period between the ages of 4 and 12, providing caregivers with many opportunities to connect with them and grow often.
    • They eat a variety of foods and are usually not picky.
    • They are small enough to fit into most houses or apartments, but large enough for small children to handle.
    • They are very inexpensive to maintain and maintain and require little or no medical treatment if properly cared for.
    • Because they are awake during the day, we can easily associate with them.
    • They are generally gentle and passive, making them safe and enjoyable to handle.
    • They are lovely

    Bearded dragons are unique creatures. No two bearded dragons are identical in appearance, skin color, or reaction to their caregiver or environment. Their personalities are truly unique.

    What kind of food do bearded dragons eat?

    Bearded dragons consume live insects and vegetables as part of their diet. They need adequate nutrients as well as a wide range of healthy herbs and vegetables.

    What are the signs that my Bearded Dragon is sick?

    Metabolic bone disease (MBD) is a type of metabolic bone disease.


    Inadequate breeding, especially a lack of calcium in the feed, causes this condition. Low vitamin D levels and lack of UVB lighting can also be contributing factors. Regardless of the etiology, MBD is always characterized by low calcium levels. Leg cramps, swelling of the mouth, numbness, muscle atrophy, bone abnormalities, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, and constipation are just some of the symptoms. Symptoms of MBD in bearded dragons should be monitored by a veterinarian as the disease usually progresses around the time symptoms appear.

    Rot in the mouth


    Oral rot, also known as ulcerative stomatitis or infectious stomatitis, is caused by poor dental care, especially microscopic cuts on the gums and food getting stuck in the mouth. Hookworms can cause problem by poor maintenance that can lead to stress. Loss of appetite, refusal to drink, dehydration, concentrated discharge, yellow spots on the mouth, and swelling of the gums, mouth, or face are all symptoms. If your Bearded Dragon exhibits any of these symptoms, you should see your veterinarian. Provide an overview of your current care routine so they can suggest adjustments to your pastoral care.

    Upper respiratory tract infection


    Environmental variables such as excessive humidity and moisture levels, stress, other illnesses, and inadequate enclosure hygiene and maintenance can cause upper respiratory tract infections or URIs. The biggest defense against URIs is prevention. Increased respiratory rate, increased respiratory effort, shortness of breath, wheezing, fatigue, and loss of appetite are all symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. If you suspect that your Bearded Dragon has a URI, see your veterinarian as soon as possible. Respiratory infections are likely to progress rapidly and can be fatal.

    Adenovirus/Atadenovirus


    This disease is very dangerous and often fatal. The wasting disease and the stargazing disease have two more names. Muscle atrophy, cramps, cramps, muscle cramps that force it to gaze upwards ("gazing at the stars"), extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite are all possible side effects. It can cause kidney, liver, or brain dysfunction, as well as encephalitis, gastroenteritis and other serious complications. Diagnosis is difficult and is often discovered only after an autopsy.

    Bearded dragon care tips include watering the bearded dragon throughout the cold months. If humidity is low, keep your beard hydrated by showering your beard with a spray bottle filled with water several times a week. 

    • Do not put any kind of sand in the cage. It can be very harmful to bearded dragons as it can cause ingestion difficulties and can result in death.
    • If you've fed a giant bug, stop feeding it, replace it with fresh water and leave the Beardie alone.
    • Never use bleach to clean anything for your beard! Even if you can no longer smell the bleach, it leaves a residue that dragons can absorb through their skin. Instead, wipe with a pine cone and rinse until the smell is no longer there, then with distilled vinegar and rinse again. Allow time to dry.
    • If the tank has low humidity (some tanks include a humidity sensor), get a spray bottle and spray 1-2 times into the tank. This will increase the humidity and keep the lizards hydrated.
    • Do not fill the cage with sand. It has the potential to cause serious intestinal problems. When you first get a Bearded Dragon, do not immediately put it in the terrarium, but store it on a heating pad. Fill the heating pads beforehand halfway with rice, tie them with a rubber band, and microwave them for 1-2 minutes.
    • Never use heated stones! The dragon will not detect whether the rock is hot and will burn the ship. This can be harmful to dragons. Use basking lights instead. This will provide the heat you need without harm.
    • Use RO water while spraying. This has been verified to confirm that there is nothing harmful to Beard Dragons.
    • There are many products on the market designed specifically for cleaning reptile cages. Zoo Med's Wipe Out 1 is an example. You should be able to get these and similar items from your local pet store.
    • Ensure that your bearded dragon is kept warm throughout the night. To keep it warm at night, it's advised that you buy a ceramic heat emitter.

    Beard Dragon Shedding and Bruising

    Beardies sheds out large chunks of skin. There is no set rule on how often dragons molt, but young dragons shed more skin than older dragons. This issue can usually be addressed by modifying the environment, but if there are problems, seek the opinion of a professional reptile veterinarian.

    Bearded dragons often slow down during the cold season, sleeping more and eating less. Similar to hibernation, except for what is known as gecko brumation. It should not lose weight or stop eating completely, but if it does, contact your veterinarian.

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    About the author

    I am Paige and I love pets. I have a bearded dragon and a husky. My bearded dragon's name is Bart and he is a lot of fun. He likes to eat crickets and play in his cage. My husky's name is Sandy and she is a lot of fun, too. She likes to run and play in the park. I love taking them for walks and playing with them. They are both a big part of my family.
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