Your questions about bearded dragon care

Steven asks…

what are baby bearded dragon care and supplies?

what do i need to care for a baby bearded dragon? anyone have a supply list of item’s i need?

Chris answers:

The easiest way to set up for a baby beardy is to purchase a ready-made desert reptile kit from either petsmart or petco. Also, make sure that you have repti-vite, an undertank heater, uv light, and a basking desert bulb. These are essential; food wise; purchase the smallest crickets u can; and chop up thawed fruits and veggies in very tiny pieces for your lizard. Who ever you purchased him/her from should have provided a care sheet; if you don’t have one; either of these pet stores should have them available. For the substrate; T-rex calci sand comes in many colors and is a geat choice; it’s harmless if the lizard ingests it; and it contains calcium for them. Also; purchase a reptile mister from the pet shop; most desert lizards don’t drink from standing water; so you still have to mist your pet daily; not a lot; but enough to make sure they have adequate water intake. Mist the (fake) plants in the enlclosure; and the lizard will lap water that drains down; if this doesn’t work; try using a small bowl; and fill it with water; just make sure your lizard can’t drown in it, and that they can’t overturn their water dish. Use a very small amount of the vitamin powder every other feeding (it’ll stick to the small crickets). The easiest way is to shake the powder in the bag with the crickets so it can coat them; them drop them into the tank. Make sure your terrarium lid had a screen cover for proper air exchange and that the holes aren’t large enough for any stray crickets to jump out. You can also try juvenile beareded dragon pellets once your pet’s old enough; but he may not like them. Most beardies love insects; fruit and veggies. Lastly, make sure that u don’t use any black bulbs in your enclosure; only clear ones; the black bulbs cause severe health problems for the lizards later on. You can also feed your beardy very small live mealworms.

Charles asks…

What are some “DO NOT” things about Bearded Dragon care?

My daughter is picking up a bearded dragon today. It is about a year old. We have done a lot of research on the care and what do feed it. What I would like to ask is what are some NO NO things about their care. Like don’t feed them …….. never do ……. to it. You read about all the good stuff but none of the bad things. Don’t want to find out the hard way that we did something wrong. Thanks in advance.

Chris answers:

This is my list for feeding and it also tells you what not to feed.FEED DAILY
Collard Greens
Dandelion Greens
Endive
Escarole
Mustard Greens
Turnip Greens
Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash
Hubbard Squash
Green Beans
Peas
Parsnips
Turnips
Scallop Squash
Spaghetti Squash
Summer Squash
Sweet potato
Figs
Mango
Papaya
Raspberries
Silkworm
Cactus Pad/Leaf

FEED OCCASSIONALLY
Arugula
Bok Choy
Kale
Bell Peppers, red & green
Bell Peppers, yellow
Celery
Cucumbers
Okra
Potato, russet
Pumpkin, raw
Radish
Spinach
Watercress
Yams, raw
Zucchini, raw & peeled
Apples
Apricots
Blackberries
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Guava
Honeydew
Kiwi
Nectarines
Orange, naval
Orange, mandarin
Peaches
Pear, not asian
Pineapple, canned
Pineapple, fresh
Plums
Prunes, canned
Raisins, seedless
Strawberries
Watermelon
Butterworms
Silkworms
Superworms
Waxworms
Basil
Beans, garbanzo
Beans, kidney
Beans, lima
Beans, pinto
Cilantro
Peppermint leaves
Spearmint
Wheat grass

FLOWERS/PLANTS
rose petals
dandelions
dahlias
hibiscus
nasturtiums
alfalfa
astible
baby tears
basil – leaves & flowers
Chinese lantern – flowers
Carnations – petals
Chamomile, English
Clover
Day lilies
Dracaena
Fennel
Ficus – leaves
Geranium – flowers & leaves
Grape – leaves & fruit
Impatiens
Hollyhock
Hens & chickens
Lavender
Mint
Oregano
Pansies – flowers
Phlox
Rosemary – leaves & flowers
Spider plant – leaves, sap may irritate
Split leaf philodendron – leaves
Squash flowers
Thyme – leaves & flowers
Yucca – flowers
Wandering Jew – leaves, sap may irritate

RARELY
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Cauliflower
Green peas raw
Rutabaga, raw
Tomatoes
Pomegranate
Star fruit
Bananas
Rice, brown, long grain
Soybeans

NEVER
cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Spinach
Avocado
Eggplant
Mushrooms
Rhubarb
Chicken
Ground beef
Pork chops
Spaghetti, cooked
Meal Worms
Don’t put 2 together, don’t feed meal worms as they cause impaction, always be sure your temps are correct, if a yr old you can use washed play sand as substrate
If you have done your research you should be fine. If a question comes up email me, its open

Betty asks…

How to take care of a bearded dragon?

I’m planning to get a bearded dragon soon! 🙂
what kind of food, housing, care do bearded dragons require?
Any info at all would be appreciated.

I’ve read many care-sheets, but is there anything else I may need to know?

Also: Do male and female dragons act differently? Is one more calm than the other?

Chris answers:

1) ya need to google and do lots of research.
2) ya need a 40 gallon breeder or larger
3) ya need a uv light (repti-sun 10 tube) is the best out. A lot of others are unstable. Www.petmountain.com is the cheapest place to get it.
4) ya need a basking light. A common bright white household bulb ( old school) none of this energy efficient stuff. Play with the wattage until you get the basking area in the zone needed. 95 to 105 fir adults. 100 to 105 for a juvenile. 105 to 108 for a baby.

5) your gunna need calcium w/ d3. 2x a week for an adult, 5x for a juvie or baby.
6) your gunna need a good repti vitamin 2x a week for any size.
7) live feeders
8) fresh veggies
9) a hide would be good on the cool end.
10) tile or carpet substrate would be best. Anything loose could be ingested and cause impaction. May not happen to your dragon, but why take the chance?
11) decor, however ya wanna decorate.
12) lots of patiance and lots of love 🙂

Jenny asks…

i need some tips on bearded dragon care?

hey so i am taking care of my friend’s bearded dragon for a few weeks. Any Tips on care and/or training (as it is pretty young) would be awesome.

thnaks

Chris answers:

I suggest you read up on care for bearded dragons to find out the important things you need to know. A very good resource is www.beardeddragoncaresheet.org .

Linda asks…

Bearded dragon care and what do you need?

I have done a lot of research on these. I just wanted to know what cages, substrate, etc. you use. Also what do you feed them, what is the cost of everything you need, how much are bearded dragons exacley, and everything else you know about them, please and thank you very much. 🙂

Chris answers:

Minimum of a 50 gallon tank
food and water dishes
basking fixture and bulb
UVB fixture and bulb
basking log
hide
crickets
here’s a list of food items and feel free to email me with anything else you might need to know
You are looking at around $300.00 to get started
FEED DAILY
Collard Greens
Dandelion Greens
Endive
Escarole
Mustard Greens
Turnip Greens
Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash
Hubbard Squash
Green Beans
Peas
Parsnips
Turnips
Scallop Squash
Spaghetti Squash
Summer Squash
Sweet potato
Figs
Mango
Papaya
Raspberries
Silkworm
Cactus Pad/Leaf

FEED OCCASSIONALLY
Arugula
Bok Choy
Kale
Bell Peppers, red & green
Bell Peppers, yellow
Celery
Cucumbers
Okra
Potato, russet
Pumpkin, raw
Radish
Spinach
Watercress
Yams, raw
Zucchini, raw & peeled
Apples
Apricots
Blackberries
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Guava
Honeydew
Kiwi
Nectarines
Orange, naval
Orange, mandarin
Peaches
Pear, not asian
Pineapple, canned
Pineapple, fresh
Plums
Prunes, canned
Raisins, seedless
Strawberries
Watermelon
Butterworms
Silkworms
Superworms
Waxworms
Basil
Beans, garbanzo
Beans, kidney
Beans, lima
Beans, pinto
Cilantro
Peppermint leaves
Spearmint
Wheat grass

FLOWERS
rose petals
dandelions
dahlias
hibiscus
nasturtiums

RARELY
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Cauliflower
Green peas raw
Rutabaga, raw
Tomatoes
Pomegranate
Star fruit
Bananas
Rice, brown, long grain
Soybeans

NEVER
cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Spinach
Avocado
Eggplant
Mushrooms
Rhubarb
Chicken
Ground beef
Pork chops
Spaghetti, cooked
Meal Worms

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