Reptiles 101 – Bearded Dragon Care

Bearded dragons belong to the same group as lizards; they got their name from the way they puff up their skin over their throats when they’re angry, nervous, or stressed. They are best placed in glass tanks that are spacious enough to have a basking zone (90-105°F) and a cool zone (around 70°F).

Place in some tree branches or logs so they will have places to climb and explore. They will also need a UV-B/UV-A bulb to provide full spectrum lighting. This is important to help synthesize vitamin D-3 in their skin. The vitamin is essential for the proper absorption of calcium from their diet.

The diet of bearded dragons is mainly composed of crickets, mealworms, or mice. Sprinkle supplemental calcium powder on your pet’s meal at least twice a week.  They can also get essential nutrients from a variety of vegetables that should be chopped before they are given. Some common veggies that bearded dragons love include yellow squash, collards, mustard greens, zucchini, kale, and shredded carrots.

Your pet beardie will also need daily misting with water which they will absorb through their skin. With proper care and nutrition, captive bearded dragons can live for about 7-10 years. Read more here.


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