Many people like to rear exotic animals as pets and not only that, but some of them require particular care that many are unaware of. This is the case with the bearded dragon, a lizard that is around 40 to 60 cm in length and usually weight about 400 grams.
Its name comes from the prominent beard that swells at the time of mating or in defense of its territory. They are usually somewhat larger than the females.
They can be many different colors including green, gray, brown, reddish or orange. Colors can modify them to regulate their temperature as well as to express their mood.
All About Bearded Dragon
They are wild animals, although it is increasingly common to find them in stores of animals raised in captivity. Today we will talk a little more about this peculiar animal.
Its scientific name is Pogona Vitticeps. Their Origin is typical of Australia, where it inhabits savannas and semi-arid regions. It receives this name because of the retreat of its skin, covered with pointed scales that it has below the throat. The rest of the body is also covered with thorns. They have a large head, strong limbs, and a relatively long tail.
The bearded dragon males are usually much larger than the females, reaching 60 cm in length, of which, more than half belong to the tail. This queue also serves to draw attention when they are alert for something. What they raise it to adopt a defensive pose. Apart from their spines, which also use them to defend themselves, their colors of golden tones with black spots stand out, which make them a unique lizard. It is a diurnal species, which likes to sunbathe.
They are omnivorous and have a voracious appetite. In the case of young specimens since it will allow them to grow quickly, but in the adult specimens it may bring some other problem, so it is convenient to control a little the amount they eat.
At first, when they are small, they tend to be more carnivorous, feeding on small crickets and fruit flies without wings, also of some live prey, like mice breeding, although this occasionally.
When they grow up, they change their diet and start eating more vegetables. They eat insects, vegetables, and fruits. By the time they have reached maturity, their nutrition becomes exclusively vegetarian. The plants that can be supplied are basil, carrot, escarole, bean sprouts, sweet potato, and parsley. It is advisable to avoid spinach and lettuce. As for the fruits that should be given are the apple, mango, blackberries, pear, and kiwi.
To complete their diet, you can also add a little-wet rabbit feed, boiled rice, commercial feed, even wholemeal bread. It is essential to add calcium and vitamins two or three times a week. To drink, they should always have clean, fresh water, which will be in a container that is not excessively large and that is not too deep so that they can reach well.
#At a Glance
- Animals: In this case, we can think of crickets, honey worms, lobsters, flies, worms or snails.
- Fruit: Apple, banana, pear, watermelon all are valid options for your bearded dragon. Try to avoid those that have excess phosphorus or oxalates.
- Vegetable: Offer lettuce, lamb’s lettuce, arugula, mulberry or carrot.
Apart from a terrarium adapted to its size, you will need some more devices to provide the necessary conditions for a healthy life. It will be necessary to have a halogen lamp to always maintain a temperature neither too warm nor too cold.
Also, a humidifier to spray in case the temperature rises more than normal. The most important thing is to always maintain the same temperature since they are not animals that adapt well to sudden changes. Add in the terrarium some branches and rocks so that they can climb on them and also coconut fiber or artificial grass for the substrate. There are some fast to care bearded dragons –
#At a Glance
- They need a terrarium at least 1 meter long and 50 centimeters wide to keep a couple of bearded dragons.
- We should let them exercise at least once a day on the floor of our home.
- Offer a varied diet.
- Respect your rest.
- Always control the temperature and humidity.
- Use a lamp that emits ultraviolet UVB light with a maximum value of 10.0
The bearded dragon usually breeds in the cold months (from September to March) although in captivity they can do it throughout the year. In the laying, they appear from 20 to 24 eggs that will incubate for 60 or 80 days approximately.
If you are thinking to buy a copy of bearded dragon, keep in mind that you can give all the attention you need and find a good veterinarian of the exotic animals.