Bearded Dragon


 

Origin: Australia

Life span: average 8-10 years

Tank size:

-Under 10 inches in length can be housed in a 20gal long aquarium

-Adult Dragons should be housed in nothing smaller than a 40gal tank

-Screen lids preferred not glass, plexiglass or wood to cover your cages

-Screens allow air flow, lighting and heat to work correctly and also allow humidity to escape.

Heat & Lamps:

-Lighting for 12-14 hours a day, Mercury Vapor bulbs recommended, UVB emitting fluorescent bulbs can be used along with Basking bulbs.

-UVB light should be placed over the cage and not directed through the glass, (glass will filter all UVB rays).

-43˚C for juveniles and can be around 35˚C for adults no higher. At night, 18 or above.

Substrate:

We recommend Reptilite sand only.  It is the only sand we’ve found that has a spherical nature and an oolitic calcium base, making it very digestible.  It is safe for babies and adults.

Diet: Are omnivores

*Note: Any and all food items that your Bearded Dragons eats should be no bigger than the space between their eyes*

-Baby and juvenile feed from 20-60 small crickets/day but when it stops eating, stop offering.

-Sub-adult to adult can also offer treats of Locusts, Cockroaches, Mealworms, Waxworms, Zophobas worms, Silkworms, Butterworms, Red worms, Earthworms and just about any other worm available. But Crickets/Superworms and dark leafy greens or vegetables are the staple part of your Dragons diet.

-Prey items dusted once a week with a calcium/vitamin supplement (with no D3)

-Prey items dusted once a week with a multivitamin supplement such as Herptivite

-Give fresh greens daily: spraying the greens with water helps last throughout day

Greens: Dandelion greens, Collard greens, Mustard greens, Bok choy, Kale, Turnip greens, Escarole and Chicory are among the easiest to find and the best to use. Spinach should also be avoided as calcium binds to it and will not be digested by your animal.

Veggies: Butternut squash, Yellow squash, Spaghetti squash, Acorn squash, all other varieties of squash, Green beans, Parsnips, Sweet potato, Snow peas and Carrots. Carrots should be used sparingly due to the high amounts of vitamin A. Any food with high amounts of vitamin A should be avoided as reptiles do not absorb a lot of vitamin A.

Fruits can also be used, just avoid any citrus fruit such as oranges and grape fruit.

Temperament: docile nature

Size: 16-20 inches