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Bearded Dragon Care Tips

Are you considering getting a reptile? One little lizard that is becoming quite popular is the bearded dragon. This may be a great choice for you! Here, a Chattanooga, TN vet offers some helpful tips on bearded dragon care.

Habitat

Baby beardies need at least a 20-gallon tank. Once your scaled pal is fully grown, he’ll require a 75-gallon tank, at the very least. When you have the tank picked out, you’ll need to get a safe, suitable substrate, such as reptile carpet. (Note: don’t use calcium sand for baby beardies, as it is only safe for adults.) Your tiny dinosaur will need dishes and a hidey-hole. The little guy will also appreciate having places to rest and explore, such as hammocks, rocks, branches, and plants.

Environment

You’ll need to pick up some special equipment to keep your lizard’s home environment right. Beardies require both UVA and UVB lighting. Your pet will also need a basking lamp to relax and look adorable under. Temperature is also important. Bearded dragons, like most reptiles, need different temperature zones, so they can move from one spot to another to warm up or cool down. Adult beardies should have a basking area that stays between 95-105 °F during the day. The rest of the cage can be about 80. At night, the cage can be a bit cooler. Ask your vet for specific advice, including suitable equipment, placement, and setup.

Diet

Feeding a bearded dragon is definitely not for the squeamish. Although your pet will need some fruits and veggie, live bugs will make up the bulk of his diet. You’ll need to dust your lizard’s insects with nutritional powder before feeding them to him. Ask your vet for more information.

Health

Proper veterinary care is very important! Have your scaled buddy examined regularly. At home, watch for potential signs of sickness. Some common ones are diarrhea, reduced appetite, and discharge from the eyes, nose, or mouth. Call your vet right away if you see any red flags.

Handling

Bearded dragons are quite docile. However, to keep your beardy tame and socialized, you will need to handle him frequently. Let your lizard hang out on you while you are reading or watching TV. Just avoid picking him up by the tail: this can seriously hurt your pet!

Please contact us, your Chattanooga, TN pet clinic, anytime. We’re happy to help!

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