All About Bearded Dragons

Pogona Vitticeps

Known as the Central bearded dragon. There are 9 different species of Bearded Dragons and they can be found in the wild only in Central Australia.

They are accustom to living in the desert, where temperatures are hot and dry.


These reptiles are known for their friendly personalities. They are docile and enjoy human companionship. If given the proper attention your bearded dragon will never bite you on purpose.


Bearded dragons are awake and active during the daytime and they sleep at night.

Bearded Dragon Colors

 

In nature, the color of a bearded dragon was dependent upon its habitat. However, because of selective breeding you can get bearded dragons in just about every color. 

Bearded dragons come in a range of sizes and colors. This is done by carefully breading two or more bearded dragons together with specific traits to produce bearded dragon offspring with desired characteristics.

How to design a healthy habitat for your Bearded Dragon

Habitat

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The ideal housing for your bearded dragon is a fish tank or similar type of cage. 
This style holds heat in well and also protect your bearded dragon from harming itself. 
Hatchlings can be kept in a 10-15 gallon tank, adults however require a 40+ gallon tank.

Substrate

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The substrate lining the bottom of the cage should be easy to clean, absorbant, and digestable. 
Paper towels are acceptable for hatchlings, however adult Bearded Dragons will be much happier with Reptile Carpet, Crushed Walnut Shells or Reptile Sand.
Our choice is the Crushed Walnut because it is easy to clean, and digestible if the Bearded Dragon does happen to swallow some while eating.

Temperature

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There should be a hot side and a cool side to your Bearded Dragon tank.
The hot side should range between 90*-110* and should include the lights and the heat rock as well as the climbing log.
The cool side should range between 70*-90* and should include the feeding and watering dishes.

Lighting

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UVB light is required to reproduce the natural sunlight and to aid in absorption of of vitamins and nutrients. Without this light your Bearded Dragon can develop Metabolic Bone Disease rather quickly. You should replace the UVB bulb apx every 6 months to assure maximum UV rays.
Basking/Heat light keeps the temperature up on the hot side of the tank and your Bearded Dragon will like to climb the log to get closer to the basking lamp to warm up. 

Heat Rocks

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Natural Habitat
Bearded dragons are from a desert-like environment, their tanks need to be heated. Generally a tank should have a hot side where the temperature is anywhere from 90 F° to 110 F° and a cool side where the temperature is around 85 F°. 
Heat rocks or under tank heat pads are a good way to keep the proper temperature on the hot side of the tank and aids in digestion, as Bearded Dragons need to be 95* to digest their food. 


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Food & Water

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Food and water dishes must be cleaned & sanitized routinely.  A simple bleach and water mixture of 10 to 1 ratio is sufficient.
Most of your Bearded Dragons water will come from its food, however you should offer clean water AND bathe your Bearded Dragon often in clean water only. *Bearded Dragons require No shampoos or scrubbing.

Being from the desert, a bearded dragon does not need to be watered daily.

for young bearded dragons, they should be watered every 2-3 days and adults can be watered every other week. 


A warm bath can also stimulate your Bearded Dragon to poop.

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Housing mulitple Bearded Dragons

 Housing multiple FEMALE Bearded Dragons 

Several females may be housed together

in the same tank, if the tank is large enough. 

 Watch for signs of aggression or bullying from a bigger female. She may not let the smaller one eat or have access to heat and may cause stress.





A male and female may be housed together, however, the male may become aggressive during mating times. At which point, they should be separated immediately.

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NEVER house two or more males in the same tank.
Several Males can not be housed together at all. They will eventually show teritorial behaviors. This leads to injuries of tails and toes, missing limbs, infections, and ugly scars on the skin.