How to Care For...
The average lifespan of a bearded dragon is 6-10 years, but some specimens can live twice that!
- Hatchlings measure about 4" in length.
- Large adults can be nearly 2' in length.
Bearded dragons eat:
- Live insects
- Certain plants and vegetables
- Healthful supplements
Their 3 most common food supplements:
- Calcium with no D3
- Calcium with D3
- Multivitamin supplements
- Hatchlings can live in 20-gallon tanks for a short time but need a larger enclosure once they grow.
- Adult dragons can use a fitted enclosure or up to a 75-gallon tank.
Have a hot side and cool side in your enclosure so your dragon can thermoregulate.
Basking spot: about 100°F (Position this over a rock or branch)
Cool side: about 80°F
- Use UVB lighting over the remainder of the enclosure.
(This assists with vitamin D3 synthesis and calcium absorption.)
Provide water by a combination of hydrating routines:
- Misting (spraying)
- Water bowl
Young bearded dragons should eat daily, while adults may only need to dine every two days. If beardies don't finish their entire meal, try feeding them less next time.
Yes, bearded dragons do bite. However, they don’t do this often or on purpose. They’re gentle, docile creatures that tolerate handling pretty well.
In the wild, bearded dragons roam across most of Australia. They typically prefer warm, arid areas: deserts, subtropical woodlands, savannas, and scrublands.
Bearded dragons are the only known reptile to show affection for their human companions. This is why they make great exotic pets.
Acceptable vegetables that should represent a high percentage of the diet include any of the following:
- Collard Greens
- Beet Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Turnip Greens
- Alfalfa Hay or Chow
- Bok Choy
- Swiss Chard
- Red/green Cabbage
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans