How To Care For A Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons are fairly easy to care for and make great companions, which is why they are great to keep as pets. If you’ve already adopted your bearded dragon, be sure you make an appointment with your local veterinarian (that accepts reptiles) to have your dragon looked over and tested for parasites. See below for other helpful tips to care for your new bearded dragon.

Get The Right Enclosure

Your bearded dragon needs a pretty good size enclosure, as these reptiles can get pretty long and like to climb. A glass enclosure with a screen for a lid (think fish tank) is fine, but it needs to be at least a 10 gallon tank. An enclosure with wooden sides and a glass front is also fine, but you need to be sure the interior is easy to clean and disinfect. Check with your local pet store to find the right type of enclosure for your bearded dragon if you aren’t sure.

Furnish The Interior

The interior of your dragon’s enclosure should have items that are suitable for a reptile. The bedding should be something like reptile carpet, paper towels or newspaper. Add branches so your dragon can climb and add other objects so your dragon can hide. You can use items laying around your house, such as cardboard boxes or an empty paper towel roll. Be sure whatever you use, it hasn’t been treated with pesticides, as these can be harmful to your pet.

Provide Heat

Your dragon likes warmer temperatures, so be sure to add a heat lamp to help control the temperature in your dragon’s enclosure. In the evenings, when temperatures can be a little cooler, use a heating pad beneath the enclosure to warm your dragon. Be sure to have a smoke detector nearby, just in case. 

Give The Proper Food

Bearded dragons should not eat any large food items, as it can cause them to choke or cause an obstruction. Provide young dragons with smaller insects such as crickets and older dragons with insects as well as greens. You can find crickets and other insects at your local pet store.

Greens such as dandelion greens, collards and turnip greens can be fed to your dragon, while other greens such as kale and cabbage should be used to feed them sparingly. You can also give green beans, green peppers, squash and pumpkin to your dragon. Be sure to shred these veggies to ensure your dragon will not choke. Give your dragon a small bowl of water and change it daily.

Bathe Your Dragon

Give your dragon a bath each week to help keep your dragon hydrated and to help your dragon shed. The water should be warm and only about an inch deep. Your dragon may end up using the tub as it’s own personal bathroom, so be sure to disinfect the tub when your dragon is finished bathing. 

These reptiles are easy to care for; just be sure to keep them fed, warm and bathed, and they can live long, happy lives. For more information on lizards for sale, click here.