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.

Beagle Information

The Beagle is a very popular dog breed. They make excellent pets because of their great temperament and gentle disposition. However, they can be handful due to their stubbornness. Make sure that this is the breed you want before you get one.

The Beagle was probably developed by crossing the Harrier and other hounds in England. It has been used for hunting pheasant, hare and quail. It can hunt either alone, in pairs, or in packs. Because of their excellent sense of smell, they are also used for narcotics detection. Sadly, they are also used for medical experimentation because of their uniformity of size.

The Beagle is very sweet, gentle, brave, intelligent, curious and lively. They are very sociable and just love everyone! They are also great with children and other dogs, but should not be trusted with cats or other animals unless they were introduced at a very young age. They are never aggressive.

Beagles can be very stubborn dogs. When you train them, you need to be very firm and patient. Whenever they smell something, they usually just take off to explore it and won’t listen to you telling them to come back. They will follow a scent and won’t watch out for cars or other dangers. For this reason, be sure to keep them on a leash when you are outside. Beagles can be difficult to train for many people because they are so strong willed.

Because Beagles are so sociable, they hate to be alone. If you are going to be gone a lot, I would recommend getting two Beagles to keep each other company. This dog is used to traveling in packs, so they would love to have a friend. If they are kept alone too much, they are prone to separation anxiety.

Beagles do not bark like normal dogs do. Their bark is described as baying bark or a howling. It is very noisy and can be very annoying. Your neighbors might not appreciate all the noise. When this dog was used for hunting, their bark was actually a delight to the hunters!

The Beagle is a very energetic dog and needs lots of exercise. It is best if you have a good sized yard for them to run in. Daily walks are also recommended. Just be sure to put this dog on a leash for walks or else they will probably run off in search of something.

Beagles are a very healthy breed and usually live for twelve to fifteen years. There are some common health problems you should watch out for though. Because of their long, floppy ears, air cannot reach their ear canal causing moisture to sometimes build up. Try to keep water out of their ears so they don’t get ear infections. You should also check and clean the ears regularly.

Another problem to watch out for is distichiasis, which occurs when their eyelashes grow into their eyes. If this happens, surgery is often required to remove their eyelashes.

Obesity is another problem with this breed. Be sure you don’t overfeed this dog. You should be able to feel their ribs. If they gain too much weight, this can lead to heart trouble or hip dysplasia. Make sure they get enough exercise too.

If you are considering getting this dog, make sure you understand how to care for them. They make great pets and are extremely happy, energetic dogs!

Hamster Information, Facts, and Myths

Do you have a pet at home? Well, if you still haven’t got one, among the best choices is the hamster. Hamsters come in different types. The larger species are the Syrian hamsters and the smaller ones are called dwarf hamsters. Before you pick a pet from a local breeder or pet shop, make sure that you gather enough information first about hamsters. That way, you will know how to care for her properly. There are facts and myths that you need to know prior to having a hamster as a pet; read on to find out.

The Facts

Dwarf hamsters are really cute and interesting. Did you know that you can manipulate the sex of the babies while the mother is still pregnant? If you prefer male hamsters, you will need to provide warmer temperatures but if you want to have more females, cooler temperatures are required.

Hamsters can be trained to recognize their names and they also remember their relatives! Now, this is really interesting because hamsters are animals and most animals don’t have that capability. You can prolong the life of dwarf hamsters to around four years if you keep them healthy and happy.

One way to extend the breeding season for the whole year is by providing light for 8 hours a day or longer. These creatures usually breed beginning in April and will continue until September but you can encourage breeding by providing the right amount of light. Never breed female hamsters until they’ve reached four months. Early breeding might lead to cannibalism or the female will not be responsible enough to care for the babies.

Breeding hamsters can be easy especially if you know what to do. Cannibalism can be a problem especially if the breeder keeps on handling the babies. You will feel at ease once the babies are more than one week because the mother will no longer eat them.

There is a continuous growth of the hamster’s teeth and by providing chew toys you can curb their need to chew. If you notice them chewing on the cage, you can give them dog biscuits. Another problem is with the toe nails. If you want, you can customize the wheel by putting fine-grain sandpaper. By doing so, the nails of the hamster will be trimmed as she runs for miles and miles.

The Myths

A very common myth is that the pet cage that usually comes from the pet store will already serve as a good home for your pet. This is not true because hamsters require a much bigger space. In fact, the bigger the cage, the better.

Mother hamsters always eat their young. This is not true and although there are cases of eaten babies, this only happens when the breeder keeps on holding the babies while they are still very young. One way to prevent cannibalism is to provide enough privacy for the mother and the baby hamsters.

These are the facts and myths that you should know. With this info in your hands, you can now take good care of your pet.