Bearded Dragons As Pets
Bearded dragons are moderately sized lizards native to Australia. They are generally social and easy to tame. They show a range of interesting behaviors that make them interesting to watch. They're generally considered good pets, even for beginner reptile owners. They have complex nutritional and environmental needs. Bearded dragons get their name from the spines that encircle their necks. In the wild, the dragons are generally docile. Owners rarely see their aggressive displays. Female dragons should be housed separately, as they can be territorial. Many enjoy perching on their keepers' shoulders. A 55-gallon tank is ideal for a single adult dragon. Smaller tanks can be used for kids, but they will quickly outlive them. A temperature gradient should be provided for your beard as well as a basking spot. The dragons prefer a humidity of around 35% to 40%. This mimics their natural arid environment. Never put your pet outside in a glass tank. It will quickly become hot in the sun. Maint a consistent day-night cycle by providing roughly 12 hours of light and 10 hours of darkness. Substrate is the material you place on the floor of your lizard's enclosure. It helps to maintain humidity in the environment and give the tank a more natural look and feel. For kids, loose substrates, such as sand, should be avoided. Beard dragons eat invertebrate and vertebrate prey. In captivity, they should be fed a combination of insects and vegetables. Depending on their age, they will be fed at least once every 24 hours. Bathwater should be no deeper than its knees. It should be 85 to 92 degrees F. All you need to do is splash water on the dragon and let it enjoy itself in the water. . . .