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Bearded Dragon Care Sheet

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This particular species of Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) is actually called the Inland Bearded Dragon, or Central Bearded Dragon. They are native to Australia, but have been exported the world over as Bearded Dragons are one of the most popular pet lizards.

Bearded Dragons can grow quite large for a pet lizard, with adults reaching lengths of 16 inches to 22 inches. Bearded Dragons have been known to live for up to 10 years (more in some cases) in captivity.

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What should I feed my Bearded Dragon?

Bearded Dragons are omnivorous, meaning they eat both vegetables and meat. Leafy greens and small pieces of fruit should make up the majority of their diet, with a few insect meals per week. For insects; crickets, mealworms, silkworms, butterworms (teboworms), superworms, and wild caught insects (make sure they are collected from a pesticide-free area). For baby Bearded Dragons, dust their food, vegetables or insects with a calcium/multi-vitamin supplement every feeding. For juvenile bearded dragons, or adults, dust their food two or three times a week.

Dragons need a dry habitat to live in, but need plenty of water. Wild Dragons get the majority of their water from licking the dew of plants in the morning. Misting the habitat stimulates this behavior. For baby's, it is recommended to spray the top of their heads until they stop licking the water up, twice daily. For adults, spray down the habitat 3 times a week. It is also important to spray their vegetables, as they will get the water as they eat. Some Dragons will learn to drink from a dish, so this can be provided. Make sure you change and clean the water dish daily. If you live in a humid area, the water dish can make the humidity levels too high.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

Provide a basking map at one end of the terrarium, providing a contact temperature of 100 degrees F. It needs to create a gradient, so make sure there are levels the Dragon can bask at. It is recommended that you provide a ceramic heat emitter 24 hours a day. Provide a cool area (at the other end of the habitat) that is kept at 80 - 85 degrees F.

At night, do not let the temperature drop below 75 degrees F. Safe humidity levels is normally 40%. If you live in a dry area, keeping a water dish in the habitat should take care of this. Fluorescent lighting should be offered to provide the Dragon with needed UVB rays. Specialty UVB bulbs can also be purchased from your local pet store. A broad-spectrum heat bulb should also be used at the top. At night time, use a night bulb, either a blue or red light, which still offers the Dragon a heat source.

How should I keep my Bearded Dragon cages?

Bearded Dragons are large reptiles, and need a lot of room to move around. The habitat also should be larger on the bottom than it is vertically. A 2' x 3' base should be a minimum, with a larger tank being recommended. A full-wire habitat is recommended for all lizards, but a glass aquarium style tank is sufficient for Dragons, if a screen top is provided. For a substrate, you can use newspaper or lizard carpet for babies. It is safe to use play sand when they are adults. Make sure the sand does not contain pebbles which could cause harm in ingested.


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