Information On Bearded Dragons, For A Healthy, Happy, And Energetic Family Pet

Information on Bearded Dragons

The Pogona vitticeps, or inland bearded dragon, is a great choice for beginner reptile owners, because the ease in which they can adapt to new habitat conditions and environments. Also, unlike other types of reptiles that have been domesticated, the inland beardies are easily tamed. These lizards do not grow to be a gigantic size; therefore they are great even for children to handle.

However, before you go out and purchase one, make sure you understand how these Lizards survive in the wild, so that you can understand certain behaviors in captivity.

The first question that people tend to ask when contemplating to get a bearded dragon or not is “why do they need separate lighting and heating?”

Well, here is the answer: reptiles do not have the ability to regulate their body temperature naturally. Mammals can do this, but reptiles are unable. So, what exactly does this mean? That’s simple: they become cold as their environment cools. On the other hand, if the environment heats up, their body temperature and metabolism also begins to heat up. While being held in captivity,these lizards are not able to bask in the direct sunlight for heat.

Therefore, they must learn to adapt to an environment that does not offer sunlight from the natural source. Coping with this problem requires the reptile owner to install separate heating and lighting systems.

The heating system will make sure the reptile’s complete enclosure will have temperatures that are consistent during both night and day cycles. On the other hand, the lighting system will provide ultraviolet or UVB radiation for the dragon.

If you can consistently provide high enough doses of vitamin D via daily meals, you can skip a UVB lighting system. However, if you cannot, you will definitely need to install sufficient UVB lighting for the lizard. The UVB light should not be considered the only source of warmth though, as it will not be adequate. If you can, install ceramic heating elements that are great for heating the entire enclosure.

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The second inquiry of all new reptile owners regards food. The most common questions refer to if bearded dragons should have diets that consist of plant or animal matter. The answer is a combination of both.These lizards are considered omnivorous creatures that require nutrients provided from both plant and animal sources in their diet.

Insects, worms and various fruits and vegetables should be included in a reptile’s daily meal. Though this may sound like a lot, in the wild these reptiles will forage for long periods of time to collect plant matter from many types of edible plants. Bearded dragons require a balanced diet to live a long, healthy life while in captivity. If you want to avoid many of the most common ailments, it is a good idea to supplement your lizard’s meals.

For example, for those bearded dragons that do not spend enough time outdoors will be at a higher risk of developing metabolic bone disease. To reduce this risk, give your lizard a vitamin D supplement to make sure the lizard’s own body won’t cannibalize the bones for calcium.

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Dennis McIntyre

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Bearded Dragon Information for Caring Owners

Australian Bearded Dragons

Being a parent of three boys, you can imagine the things that my boys ask me to buy for them. When I first heard of the bearded dragon, I had mixed feelings. I wanted to make my boys happy, but what in the world were theya lizard and three boys sounded like a bad mix to me at that time.

My boys were old enough to care for pets when they asked me for a bearded dragon, so I found no real reason to worry about it. I knew that when they’re that excited, they would do anything to care for the new pet. What was missing was the knowledge needed to keep the animal alive. So, I set out to talk to friends who already have one.

Surprisingly, I found a lot of enthusiasts in my neighborhood, and people were very encouraging when I asked them about what many call the “beardie”. They told me to read as much as I could about the bearded dragon, so I would know exactly how to care for this marvelous pet.

So, I did my homework and, sure enough, I started absorbing the best possible information to ensure that my boys’ new reptile will survive. When our first Beardie arrived, I found the critter extremely affable. You can say it was love at first sight for my boys, who really made it a point to care for their new pet.

I loved the reptile and, years later, we’re still caring for him, and a couple of other reptiles, at home. It’s not always easy, but when you become a reptile lover, all the work involved becomes a worthy investment, because you know for a fact that proper care produces the best results.

I wrote this book to help aspiring reptile enthusiasts with their own bearded dragons. It can be a bumpy ride sometimes, especially if you’re just getting used to the day/night cycle, and the feeding requirements, of this species. But trust me, over time, you will get used to the process and you will be happy with the results.

This Lizard is a gentle reptile species from genus Pogona. These reptiles hail from Australia, and are quite popular with reptile enthusiasts in the United States. The most popular species is Pogona vitticeps. Pogona vitticeps can be purchased from pet shops and private reptile breeders around the country.

Compared to other pet reptiles, the bearded dragon is often regarded as “the beginner’s lizard,” because you can easily take care of them even if you have never really kept a reptile as a pet before. So, before you move on to more exotic reptiles, try taking care of Pogona vitticeps first.

Of course, there are other bearded dragon species; the requirements of Pogona vitticeps’ cousins are similar. Bearded dragons are relatively small compared to other domestic reptiles, which makes it perfect for kids, too.

Its average adult size is only 20 inches long, from the dragon’s head to the tip of its tail. The first thing that you have to take into consideration before buying a bearded dragon, or any other reptile for that matter, is your personal ability to take care of a reptile.