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Old 14-09-2008, 07:22 PM
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Bearded Dragon

I have taken an interest in these, i don't usually like animals like them but i do these, how do you have to keep them what type of tank etc? x
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Old 14-09-2008, 07:28 PM
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You will need a very large vivarium Plenty of branches for climbing, water dishes, and they have a highish heat, They usually like the insects, crickets hoppers etc. They are a nice reptile to keep but need a fair bit of care including basking lamps and lighting ect. I havent kept thees my self but have had leapard geckos. You should get a fair bit of info on the net. Our a near by repile shop can advise. I found for a first reptile the leopard gecko was quite easy to keep once set up. Im sure theres a few reptile keepers on here that can give you more info.
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thanks i think this is something i will get oneday in the future, but my GSD comes first
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thanks i think this is something i will get oneday in the future, but my GSD comes first
Gsd are lovely but by gum they can moult as my mum in law found with hers even with loads of brushes. He was a gentle giant and use to play dead. He use to wait for the ice cream van on sunday and the bloke use to give him a baby ice cream. He was a rescue and she had him 14 years. His name was BIMBO not the most manly of dog names i know but it gave us a few laughes seeing our father in law of who was a very big man calling his name down the street he would get a few stares. But he sure loved hid dog.
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Re: Bearded Dragon

i have 2 beardies, both rescues. reptiles can be more difficult to keep then other animals and my two take up a lot of my time, id suggest doing a lot of reading up on their care etc before considering one. i dont want to sound rude but many reptiles arent properly cared for due to bad research into their natural behaviour and daily requirements. vets bills cost a lot for reptiles and this needs to be adressed before buying one. there are short courses you can do and reptile charities will provide you with loads of advice first.
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Re: Bearded Dragon

I have a 2 year old Beardie, which I take to schools, birthday parties etc with my business - along with all the other exotic animals I have.

I would highly recommend Beardies if you are thinking of buying a Lizard. They are full of character, generally very calm and docile, easily handled and relatively easy to look after.

An adult will need a minimum of 4ft x 2ft x 2ft vivarium, which will need to be split in half for when it's a baby, as they will feel lost and insecure in a large viv, plus they will find it more difficult to catch their food.

You will need a high output UVA/UVB tube - preferably Exo Terra 8.0 and also a reflector light bulb - which will need to be on a dimming thermostat.
Basking temp should be around 105 - 115f, hot end around 90f and cool end around 70f. Night time drop - not below 60f

The mistake that lots of people make is putting these lizards on a substrate of sand. In the wild these animals live on compacted clay and stone. The bottom of my viv is lined with floor tiles.
Some people do use play sand with adults but any particle substrate should not be used at all with babies. The reason is because of impaction, which is where sand or the like can build up in their stomachs/intestine and it can be fatal.

I feed my beardie on locusts - I favour these as they have a higher gut loading that crickets. He also enjoys spring greens (high in calcium) cucumber, grated carrot and very occasionally banana.

It is incredibly important to dust locusts with calcium powder and also vitamins (Nutribal)
Soooo many beardies suffer from calcium deficiencys (mbd) which basically makes their bones crumble inside them. A lack of UV can also contribute to this.

I don't provide my beardie with water bowls. It's not necessary as these lizard have adapted to not need much water as they live in that kind of habitat. I offer him a shallow dish of water about once a week, usually he refuses it. I don't leave it in as it will always get spillt!

That's about the basics. If you are really serious then there is tons of stuff on the internet and in books, or I can give you any advice you need.

I can probably put you in touch with a breeder too - please don't buy from a pet shop.
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Re: Bearded Dragon

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I have a 2 year old Beardie, which I take to schools, birthday parties etc with my business - along with all the other exotic animals I have.

I would highly recommend Beardies if you are thinking of buying a Lizard. They are full of character, generally very calm and docile, easily handled and relatively easy to look after.

An adult will need a minimum of 4ft x 2ft x 2ft vivarium, which will need to be split in half for when it's a baby, as they will feel lost and insecure in a large viv, plus they will find it more difficult to catch their food.

You will need a high output UVA/UVB tube - preferably Exo Terra 8.0 and also a reflector light bulb - which will need to be on a dimming thermostat.
Basking temp should be around 105 - 115f, hot end around 90f and cool end around 70f. Night time drop - not below 60f

The mistake that lots of people make is putting these lizards on a substrate of sand. In the wild these animals live on compacted clay and stone. The bottom of my viv is lined with floor tiles.
Some people do use play sand with adults but any particle substrate should not be used at all with babies. The reason is because of impaction, which is where sand or the like can build up in their stomachs/intestine and it can be fatal.

I feed my beardie on locusts - I favour these as they have a higher gut loading that crickets. He also enjoys spring greens (high in calcium) cucumber, grated carrot and very occasionally banana.

It is incredibly important to dust locusts with calcium powder and also vitamins (Nutribal)
Soooo many beardies suffer from calcium deficiencys (mbd) which basically makes their bones crumble inside them. A lack of UV can also contribute to this.

I don't provide my beardie with water bowls. It's not necessary as these lizard have adapted to not need much water as they live in that kind of habitat. I offer him a shallow dish of water about once a week, usually he refuses it. I don't leave it in as it will always get spillt!

That's about the basics. If you are really serious then there is tons of stuff on the internet and in books, or I can give you any advice you need.

I can probably put you in touch with a breeder too - please don't buy from a pet shop.

Thanks, for that, and thanks for starting this thread, like most my family my son is animal mad and has his heart set on a bearded dragon ever since he seen them in a pet shop so reading this has been a great help. My son is only 5 so obviously most of the care will be dwn to me and OH, although he will be helping alot.
do they tend to bite or whatever it is they do lol?
We arnt planning on getting him one until after christmas so i have plenty of time to research and look up things i need to know.
where is best to get them from? or is it ok to get a pet shop one? dont want to get him one from the wrong place and it dying within a few months. also what is their life span do you know?

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Re: Bearded Dragon

They live about ten years, it doesnt really matter to much where you get one from as long as it seems healthy, the older it is the better really as they are more likely to die in the first few months and they can be quick, particually for young children. Bearded dragons are one of the tamest lizards you can get and i have never known one to bite. i know my two and others i have worked with accept a lot of crap.

I too have used mine at youth groups and they deal with children on a regular basis so they get passed about and handled sometimes a bit roughly, having children crying or screaming, sticky hands etc, and they take it all in their stride.
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Re: Bearded Dragon

It's incredibly rare that a beardie will bite. They are generally calm and docile animals - in fact darn right lazy sometimes!

As Cassie said, life span is around 10-12 years.

Well...it's a toughie. There are some really good pet shops out there - but then we also have the ones who are only in it for the money. The kind who keep babies on either sand or even worse, beech chippings.
I pulled up a pet shop about this once, and he simply said it because the viv looks nicer. I sure as hell would rather have a healthy lizard - then one running a high risk of impaction.
Expect to pay around 100 in a pet shop. I can put you in touch with breeders - some sell for just 30.

Where abouts are you?

I got mine at 7 weeks old, and as already mentioned juvenile mortality is high, but with the proper care, you will be fine.

Another mistake people make is feeding too large of feeder. The general rule is to judge by the gap in between their eyes, feeder insects should always be smaller than this. Feeding live food that's too big can cause all sorts of problems - mainly in babies.

Once you get one, you won't look back, they are so adorable and surprisingly affectionate.
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