Bearded Dragon - Assorted Fancy
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- Easy-going, inquisitive personality
- Vast array of beautiful morphs
- Very thoroughly researched and well understood
Recommended Enclosure: Bearded Dragons are active, semi-arboreal lizards, and will only thrive in enclosures that allow them to get the exercise they need. A 24x18x18 enclosure will house a baby animal for the first few months of its life, but it will quickly outgrow this size enclosure. By the time they reach adult size, they should not be housed in an enclosure any smaller than 4'x2'x2'.
Naturally derived fine-grain sands such as Zoo Med Reptisand works great as a substrate, and can also have organic topsoil and trace amounts of non-expanding clay added to aid with burrow retention. Impaction is not a risk as long as proper husbandry standards are maintained. Substrate should be spot-cleaned when soiled. Calcium and Vita sands should not be used. Non-loose floor coverings such as slate tile can also be used, but should be cleaned regularly to avoid bacterial growth.
Being semi-arboreal lizards, plenty of low-lying climbing opportunities need to be provided for Bearded Dragons to exercise properly. Cork bark and manzanita branches are an excellent option to achieve this. Any heavy material should either be resting on the bottom of the enclosure or secured to the walls, as Bearded Dragons are strong, heavy bodied animals that could easily crush themselves when digging underneath cage decor.
Feeding: Bearded Dragons are omnivorous, and require both insect feeders and leafy greens/vegetables as a part of their staple food rotations. It is especially important to maintain the correct balance of insects to greens, which will change as the lizard ages. Babies will require around 80% insects to 20% plant matter, whereas adults will require around 20% insects to 80% plant matter. The easiest way to accomplish this is to offer greens daily, and gradually reduce the amount of insects offered as the animal ages; babies should be offered insects approximately twice a day, and adults should be offered insects about 1-2 times a week.
We provide all of the feeder bugs you will need! A staple of crickets and dubia works best, with other feeder insects (waxworms, hornworms, superworms, etc.) being offered as occasional treats. Offering insects in an escape-proof feeding bowl will minimize the number of bugs that escape and hide among the enclosure.
Feeder insects should be gutloaded the day prior to feeding and dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement. Always read the label of any supplement offered to ensure your animal is receiving appropriate amounts of calcium and vitamins.
Knowing what greens and vegetables to offer can be tricky, and it is always best to consult a feeding chart before deciding what to feed. In general, leafy greens high in nutrients should be staple, with other vegetables mixed in for variation.
Fruits can be offered as treat items. Avoid Iceberg and Romaine lettuce, as they are both lacking in nutrients, and avoid avocado, citrus fruits, mushrooms, onion, and rhubarb, as they are all toxic.