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.