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Bearded Dragon Care Guide

 

HOUSING

  • • Paper towels, newspaper or Repti-carpet are preferable to line the bottom of the cage. I like to use the rubber under the sink mats for liners in our cages.

  •  • I always avoid sand, gravel, or small particle materials; can be harmful to your beardie.

  •  • A single adult beardie requires a minimum 50-gallon aquarium, larger, if possible, for solitary use only. We use the 4 x 2 x 2  From Dubia.com they have a great price and quality and they are stackable.

UVB LIGHTS

  •  • UVB light is REQUIRED for approx.  12 hours/day for vitamin D production and to allow for calcium absorption. I use a KASA timer that I have connected to my phone and it automatically turns their lights on and off for me.

  • • Ensure there is no plastic or glass or wire between your UVB light and your beardie as this will filter the UVB light available

  •  • UVB bulbs require replacement every 6-9 months. Set a reminder on your phone or calendar to change bulb

HEATING

  • • Always ensure there is a thermal gradient in the cage i.e., there is a hot and cold side

  • • Temperatures: Basking Spot: ~ 100F Hot side: 85-95F Cold side: 75-80F Nighttime: 60-70F

  •  • Ideally have a separate thermometer in each of these areas

  • • Avoid hot rocks as these can burn your beardie

 DIET

  •  Bearded dragons are omnivorous and require a mixture of protein sources and vegetables.

  • I feed bugs and greens daily-

  • Depending on my schedule there are days I miss one or the other and availability of the items also has an effect. 

  • Greens in the AM and protein/bugs in the PM I do not think the time-of-day matters that is just my schedule. I adjust the size of the feeders to the size of the dragon. 

GREENS -DOS AND DONT’S

  • I WILL NOT AND DO NOT BUY OR FEED ANY OF THESE THINGS.

  • Lettuce of any kind

  • Spinach 

  • Kale

I ONLY FEED THESE THINGS-

  • -mixed together or separate-

  • Rainbow chard

  • Green chard

  • Swiss chard

  • Collard greens 

  • Arugula 

  • Parsley 

  • Cilantro 

  • Dandelion 

  • Bell peppers

  • Yellow squash 

  • Zucchini 

  • Blue berries 

  • Banana

  • Strawberries 

  • Raspberry 

  • Turnip

  • Radish

  • Carrots

  • Peas

  • Beans

  • Flowers:

  • Roses

  • Nasturtiums

  • Carnations 

  • Hibiscus

FRESH PRODUCE

  • • Feed adults once a day BEFORE feeding insects.

  • • Feed juveniles once to twice a day, BEFORE feeding insects.

  • • Feed a variety of: chopped dark leafy greens:

  • • Limit the amount of fruit given. Ideally this should be less than 5% of the diet.

INSECTS-PROTEIN-

  • I mainly feed gut loaded Dubia Roaches I supplement with all worms and crickets so they are adjusted for anything

  • Always remove any live uneaten insects after 20 minutes as they can cause injuries to your bearded dragon

  • Feed adults once a day

  • Feed juveniles once to twice daily

  • Always offer fresh water to your insects –the best way to do this is to have a water crystal gel in a container in your feeder container.

  • Insects must be gut loaded before being fed to your lizard -a starved insect will result in a starved lizard

  • We recommend gut loading insects with a Hi-calcium gut loading formula, at least 48-72 hours before feeding the insects to your beardie. This diet can always be available to your insects

COMMERCIAL PELLETS- (I do not Recommend)

  •  • Pellets, not cubes, formulated for bearded dragons can be fed moistened with water

  • • These should be less than 50% of the diet

SUPPLEMENTS

  •  • Dust insects and greens in a calcium carbonate supplement (with or without vitamin D3)

  •  • Dust insects in a multivitamin supplement 1-2 times monthly. Ensure this supplement contains vitamin D and beta-carotene and/or carotenoids as the source of vitamin A

  •  • To dust insects place in a Ziploc bag and gently shake. The insects will groom off the dusting so be sure to feed them immediately after this. I put my powder is a salt and pepper shaker for the salads and insects.

  •  • If in doubt if your multivitamin contains the correct supplements feel free to ask me and I will help out.

WATER

  •  • Provide water in a shallow dish always, ensuring the bowl is large enough for your bearded dragon to soak in

  • • Soaking your beardie two-three times a week in warm shallow water for 10-15 minutes increases hydration and helps with shedding

HEALTH CARE

  • • If you notice a decrease in appetite, decreased in droppings, trouble shedding or your bearded dragon acting more lethargic please contact your veterinarian. Males will brumate naturally and females can lay unfertile eggs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

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