Read About Caring for Bearded Dragons

Caring for bearded dragons, and everything you need to know to take the best care of your pet is included in this article. Bearded dragons are docile creatures and make interesting pets.

Caring for bearded dragons - Health

  1. Inoculations:

    Bearded dragons do not require immunizations.
  2. Vet Visits:

    An annual visit to a vet who specializes in lizard care is advised.
  3. Grooming:

    Your bearded dragon will need to have his claws trimmed on a regular basis and will enjoy being misted with water regularly.
  4. Pet Proofing Your Home:

    Make sure the tank for your bearded dragon is very secure, with a tight-fitting top. When your bearded lizard is out of his tank, keep him very well supervised.
  5. Environment:

    Bearded dragons require full-spectrum fluorescent light that is specially designed for use with reptiles. They also need closely regulated tank temperatures, ranging from around 76 degrees to around 86 degrees, with a designated spot for basking that has temperatures around 90-100 degrees.
  6. Exercise:

    As long as her tank is sufficient size, your bearded dragon does not need any specific exercise.

Caring for bearded dragons - Food

  1. Type:

    Bearded dragons eat insects such as crickets and mealworms, as well as green, leafy vegetables and even some fruits.
  2. Variety or Always the Same:

    Bearded dragons enjoy variety in their diet, including a mix of insects and vegetables or fruit.
  3. Bowls -- Fancy or Plain:

    A flat plate is better than a bowl for feeding your bearded dragon, and nearly any kind of water bowl will suffice.
  4. Treats:

    Hand-fed veggies or fruit make good treats for your bearded dragon.

Caring for bearded dragons - Temperament

  1. Pet Temperament:

    Most bearded dragons have very easy-going temperaments.
  2. Pet Socialization:

    As with any reptile, take care to supervise bearded dragons around children and other pets.
  3. Playing With Your Pet:

    Handle your bearded dragon with care and always wash your hands after handling him or cleaning his tank.
  4. Behavior Problems:

    Bearded dragons display several specific behaviors when they feel threatened, which should not be confused with behavioral problems.
  5. Training:

    Bearded dragons can be trained to eat from your hand and perch on your arm.

Caring for bearded dragons - Supplies

  1. What You Need:

    Your bearded dragon will need a large, secure tank with carefully regulated temperature and humidity. Full-spectrum light, heating, and water are all necessary.
  2. What You'll Want:

    Your bearded lizard will thank you for providing her with cozy hiding spots and branches and rocks on which to climb.