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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Does a Hermit Crab Really Make a Good Pet – The Pros and Cons

Hermit crab pets are thought of as being exotic. By exotic we usually mean rare and not easy to find but the fact is that though few people keep them as pets, they are available in large numbers. These crabs belong to the family of ‘Paguroidea’ and are are omnivorous or herbivorous which means they will eat anything. There are also land and aquatic species. The aquatic ones are good if you have a fish aquarium as they are useful as scavengers for algae and debris. The land crabs are the ones normally kept as pets. Before you decide to get a hermit crab as a pet you need to learn all about them. Below you’ll find some information on the pros and cons of owning this interesting animal that will help you get started.

Pros:

A pet hermit crab requires very little maintenance. This means the owner doesn’t need to be constantly feeding or caring for them like other pets. It’s very cheap to keep them as they don’t eat much and need little in the way of shelter.

A small fish tank will work perfect for your pet hermit crab. Make sure it has enough sand for them to burrow in to molt and a variety of larger shells than the one they live in.

They don’t take up much space or require a certain type of area.

I’ve never heard of a pet hermit crab eating someone’s slipper.

They don’t make any kind of sounds.

You don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to let them out.

These pets are very inexpensive. You can buy a complete crab set up with 2 crabs, cage, sand, shells, food & water dishes, climbing tree etc. for $30.

They are great pets for kids to help teach them responsibility. If they forget to care for them, like kids have a habit of doing, its no big deal for a parent to do it.

Pet hermit crabs can be accommodated in your busy lifestyle. A couple of minutes a day will take care of most of their needs. Their cage will only need a complete cleaning once a month.

Cons:

Hermit crab pets are not interactive. There is a lack of ‘bonding’ as compared to other pets. It’s like having fish in that you won’t be able to do much except watch them. although they will crawl around on your hand.

They will need a good substrate so they can dig down in it to molt. Moist sand is fine but gravel is not so good as they can’t burrow in it very easily.

Although many of the hermit crab species die in a short time there are exceptions. For instance, some species can live up to 23 years if properly maintained and its been reported that some have lived more than 32 years.

Although they are pretty low maintenance, their homes do need regular cleaning or they can start smelling bad.

Your pet crabs require warm moist conditions. They need to have relatively high humidity so may have to be spritzed with water or have a large wet sponge in their home.

Any water that comes in contact with your pet crab needs to always have the chlorine removed.

Your pet will need its food and water dishes changed daily with any uneaten fruit or vegetables removed.

They are nocturnal, meaning they are more active at night. This severely cuts down on viewing time as they mostly stay in their shells during the day time.

Each pet hermit crab will need a shell of its own. Be sure to provide a number of different types and sizes of shells. The shells form a protective cover for their soft abdomens. You must make sure to provide larger shells for the crabs as they outgrow their present ones.

Pet hermit crabs are unusual but interesting and easy care companions. They are curious about their surroundings, they have distinct personalities and are also active. These traits will provide some interesting viewing. The fact that they are relatively low maintenance increases the appeal to keep them as a pet. This means that if you don’t want to spend a lot of time caring for your pet but are looking for an interesting one they will fill the bill. Although you can’t walk them or play fetch they are great pets for kids as their friends probably won’t have one. They are the perfect show and tell subject for school. They are easy to feed and look after so the kids can do it by themselves. All in all, a pet hermit crab is the perfect pick for the whole family.

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Pet Water Dispensers for Dogs and Cats

They are a great convenience if you have cats or dogs. There are many different types of Dispensers and Fountains to choose from. It all depends on how many pets you have or how big or small they are.

Types of Dog Watering Dispensers

First, there is a multi-tiered unit which is designed specifically for small cats and dogs. The Drinkwell Water Fountain is designed for two or more pets. It is a circular dish that has water pouring from a center tower area. Cats and dogs are very entertained with this type of water dispenser. Also available is a 2.25 gallon water dispenser for very big dogs such as Sheep Dogs, Saint Bernards, or Newfoundlands.

There are also very innovative types of Outdoor dispensers like the Outdoor Pet Water Drinking Fountain that detects when your pet comes near and provides a stream of water that your pet can drink from. The other outdoor watering device is a Doggie Fountain that is very easy to use. It hooks directly up to your water hose and provides water whenever your pet places its paws on the pedal. A really great idea where your pet can learn how to manipulate and receive water from.

Other great Pet Water Dispensers for dogs are the Autopet Waterer that has a 2 gallon or 5 gallon capacity which makes it convenient if you aren’t going to be around the house for a while. It refills itself automatically in the drinking area of the dispenser as it runs down. The water is also filtered which makes it very healthy for your canine friend.

The traditional Pet Water Fountain really encourages your dog or cat to drink as it provides a constant falling stream of water into the reservoir. There are a few different types of designs to choose from in this category.

Another great outdoor watering device is the Heated Dog Waterer. This is ideal for dogs that usually stay outdoors most of the time. It will always provide a fresh supply of water for your favorite pet. You can put these right next to the dog house.

Various Types of Automatic Water Bowls for Dogs

There are some dogs that will get frightened by moving water from a typical water fountain type dispenser so these types of automatic water bowls will do the trick. A garden hose will hook directly into the bowl and keep it replenished as it gets depleted.

Types of Cat Watering Dispensers

Typically cats are afraid of water but they seem very mesmerized with these running water fountains. The Drinkwell Water Fountain is a favorite of cats as the running water keeps them very interested and makes them drink more water than they typically would drink.

The Cats Rule Fresh Water Fountain feature a frog at the top of the fountain which has water running out of its mouth. A very cool drinking fountain made specifically for cats. There is also the Feng Shui Cats Drinking Fountain which is in the shape of a black Yin Yang symbol. Water Streams down like a waterfall and provides that peace and calm that goes well with that symbol.

The Pioneer Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain is also a great watering device for cats. Water is filtered in the base of the bowl then drawn up to the top and then shoots out the top in a gentle stream.

All in all there are some really cool devices out there. It’s just a matter of deciding which one you need for your specific situation.