Caring for your Bearded Dragon

My Beardie – Draco

Today I would like to tell you about Bearded Dragons. I have a male bearded dragon he is approximately 44cm long and weighs about 240 grams. His name is Draco and he is two and a half years old.

Bearded Dragons are easy pets to keep. For a fully grown Beardie you need an enclosure of 1.2m long with a width and height of 0.6m. Because they
are cold blooded you need a good heat source on the one side of the cage. This is so that the Beardie can move from warm to cold as his body’s temperature rise and fall. Always keep the water bowl on the cold side of the enclosure to ensure a low humidity. Different heat sources can be used like, infra-red lamps, ceramic heaters, heat rocks or heating pads. The ideal temperature for the warm side of the enclosure is 32-34°C and the cold side 24-26°C.

Sunlight is essential for bearded dragons because pure UV rays let the body produce vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is essential to help the body absorb calcium, which in turn promotes healthy bone structure. To ensure your beardie is healthy you can give him good UV exposure and you can give him a calcium supplement which you can buy at your local pet store.

Draco in his enclosure

What do bearded dragons eat?
Bearded dragons are omnivorous which means that they eat both meat and vegetables. Insects suitable for beardies are crickets, mealworms, silkworms and phoenix worms which are readily available at most pet stores. The also like vegetables like carrots, green beans, cucumber, patty pans, pumpkin, sweet potato, beetroot and lettuce. These vegetables can be grated before putting them in a flat bowl for feeding, remove all uneaten veggies every night as it can go mouldy.

Bearded dragons need exercise to keep them fit and mentally happy, my beardie loves it when I take him outside to soak up some sun and get some exercise, he also loves burrowing in the sand when he gets a chance. They love exploring and should be left to do so in a safe and supervised area.

I love having a bearded dragon as a pet.

I found most of the information in this article in
Caring for your….. Bearded Dragon Everything you need to know… By Gerhard Vermaak.

You can find some more info HERE and HERE

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