Pet Spotlight: Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons are a popular exotic reptile pet.  They're a hardy lizard that can be the perfect addition to your family.  Here are a few tips to help you get started on caring for your new bearded dragon!

 

How to Care for Your Bearded Dragon:

Diet:

Bearded dragons are omnivores.  This means that they should be fed a diet that includes both meat and plants.  There are nutritionally balanced manufactured pet store foods that make sure that your pet gets the right nutrition for their health.  If you are feeding your pet a fresh diet of insects and greens, they will also need a calcium supplement.  There is calcium "dust" that you can add to a treat twice a week to make sure your pet is getting the right nutrition.  You can add calcium dust to insects (crickets, mealworms), as well as finely chopped veggies (romaine lettuce, zucchini, carrots, etc.).

Home:  

Enclosure Size:

Bearded dragons need a large enclosure to feel comfortable.  A 75 gallon aquarium is usually a good size for one or two bearded dragons.  Make sure that the top of the enclosure has proper ventilation for your pet.  

Temperature:

Keep the temperature of their home warm.  They like basking sites of about 100 degrees F. This can be provided by a spotlight at one end of the enclosure.  You should also have cooler end of their shelter (about 80 degrees) where they can move to.

Substrate and Decorations:

Give your bearded dragon branches to climb on.  You can place a water spray bottle where they can lick water droplets off the cage, walls and rocks, or you can offer water in a shallow dish.  The substrate for lining your cage can vary.  You can use newspaper, paper toweling or reptile carpet.  If you use sand, just be careful that it is sand that is "digestible."  This will ensure your pet will be healthy in the event they accidentally eat some of the sand.

Interested in learning more about the bearded dragons that we have in stock?  Give us a call at  516-739-1015 or visit our location in Mineola.

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