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Introduction

Buying any pet is a big decision but there are several things you may want to consider first to make sure that a Bearded Dragon is the pet for you:

  • Are all of the people in your household happy with a lizard coming to live there?
  • Can you guarantee that you will have a regular supply of live insects to feed to your lizard?
  • Are you happy to keep live insects in your home?
  • Are you prepared to look after an animal that could live up to 15 years?
  • Is there someone that you can ask to look after your lizard if you are away?
  • Bearded Dragons are diurnal animals so will sleep at night and be awake during the day.

A juvenile Bearded Dragon will shed its skin every few weeks and an adult will shed as little as 2-3 times a year. Bearded Dragons shed their skin in patches and it can sometimes take up to 1 week for a Bearded Dragon to completely rid itself of its old skin – this process is called shedding. You can usually tell if your Bearded Dragon is going to shed as its skin colour will appear duller than normal and may have a washed out look to it.

Types of Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragons come in a range of different colours: Earthy browns, Greys, Bright oranges, Reds, Yellows

Buying a Bearded Dragon

We recommend buying a Bearded Dragon from a reputable specialist reptile shop. The shop willalso be able to help you with a supply of good quality live food items to feed to your BeardedDragon.

Check before purchasing:

The Bearded Dragon is feeding well
Any reputable pet shop should be able to provide answers on how often the Bearded Dragon is being fed and what type and size of live food it enjoys most.
The Bearded Dragon is healthy
5 point animal health check:

  • Make sure that the animal is alert and responsive
  • The mouth should be clear of any thick mucus and should not smell bad
  • The underside of the Bearded Dragon should be clean, free from sores or raw skin and have a clean vent
  • The Bearded Dragon should be able to support itself when handled
  • The Bearded Dragon should be a keen feeder

Caring For Your Bearded Dragon

Overview

  • Ease of Care: Beginner
  • Size: Medium
  • Environment: Desert
  • Diet: Insects & Greens
  • Temperament: Friendly
  • Background Temp: 25.5-30⁰C (78-86⁰F)
  • HOT Spot: 35-37.8⁰C (95-100⁰F)

Equipment Needed:

  • Housing: Wooden Vivarium
  • Heating: Basking Bulb
  • Lighting: UV Tube (Light Cycle: 12 hours of light)
  • Substrate: Sand
  • Water: Water Dish

5 Top Tips

  • Provide a suitable hot spot
  • They like to eat so maintain a good supply of food
  • Vary the food items you oer to your dragon to keep him stimulated
  • Soak your dragon weekly in luke warm water to aid with rehydration
  •  Use a sand scoop to make spot cleaning easier

Housing:

A relevant sized Vivarium is the perfect housing solution for a Bearded Dragon throughout its whole life

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    Baby Bearded Dragon:

    L91 x D46 x H46cm (36 x 18 x 18")DVF36 / DVF36B / DVF36BL

    L91 x D61 x H61cm (36 x 24 x 24")DVF3624 / DVF3624B / DVF3624BL

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    Juvenile Bearded Dragon:

    L91 x D46 x H46cm (36 x 18 x 18")DVF36 / DVF36B / DVF36BL

    L91 x D61 x H61cm (36 x 24 x 24")DVF3624 / DVF3624B / DVF3624BL

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    Sub Adult/Adult Bearded Dragon:

    L122 x D46 x H46cm (48 x 18 x 18")DVF48 / DVF48B / DVF48BL

    L122 x D61 x H61cm (48 x 24 x 24")DVF4824 / DVF4824B / DVF4824BL

Environment

Heating

In the wild, Bearded Dragons are naturally exposed to high desert temperatures which help thedragon to function as normal and aid in the digestion of its food. To replicate these conditions, abasking site should be set-up at one end of the vivarium using a basking bulb, which isthermostatically controlled, to provide the heat required by all Bearded Dragons. This allows theBearded Dragon to thermo regulate by providing a hot end for the dragon to bask and a cool endfor cooling off!

The basking site can be set up using a batten lamp holder, which can be screwed into the roofof the vivarium, approximately 15-20cms from one side. Place your basking bulb in this holder.

All heat sources should be used in conjunction with a thermostat.

Temperature and Monitoring

As a rough guide, daytime temperatures should average between 23.8-37.8⁰C (75-100⁰F) with thehot end up to 35-37.8⁰C (95-100⁰F) going down to 25.5⁰C (78⁰F) at the cooler end of the vivarium.

Night-time temperatures should drop between 1-2⁰C (2-4⁰F) from the daytime temperatures listed.

Make sure temperatures are checked regularly to ensure that there are no extreme fluctuations.

Spotlight Guards can be used to surround the basking bulb to prevent the animal coming into direct contact with the heat source. In our experience, some Bearded Dragons like to use the guard as a climbing frame, eectively taking them closer to the heat source and risk of injury. A guard should not be necessary if a distance of 25-30cm (10-12”) is maintained between thebasking bulb and the basking area of the animal.

Lighting

In the wild, Bearded Dragons are exposed to high levels of light and UV. In captivity, a UV light isessential for a Bearded Dragon’s health and wellbeing. We recommend using a UV tube whichhas been specifically designed for desert dwelling reptiles. Ensure that the UV light is fittedcorrectly and securely to avoid the lizard becoming trapped behind the light tube or hurting itselfunnecessarily.

Substrates and Decoration

The decoration of your vivarium comes down to personal preference but we recommend thefollowing:

  • Substrates: A dry substrate such as Desert Sand, Walnut Sand or Calci-Sand that is easy to spot clean.
  • Wood for basking and climbing on.
  • Artificial or live plants for decoration and to provide darker areas for the Bearded Dragon to hide away in if he chooses to.

Diet and Water

Hatchlings and Adults should be ordered appropriately sized insects. As a general rule, thedistance between the lizard’s eyes will give you the approximate size of live food to feed yourlizard.

Most juvenile and older dragons will eat shredded leafy greens, such as cabbage, kale,dandelions and white dead nettles. Ensure that any food source gathered from the wild has beencollected from a pollution free source. Do not worry if your dragon does not eat greens as it willbe perfectly fine eating a diet of insects only although these must be dusted with appropriatevitamins and minerals.

Make sure fresh water is always available for the dragon to drink and soak in. Dragons will soakin their water source to help with re-hydration.

Supplementation

Bearded Dragons need additional supplementation to their diet to help them to flourish andmaintain healthy and productive lives. We recommend using a calcium and multi-vitamin powder.

FAQs

  • Can anyone purchase from Monkfield Nutrition?

    Contact us at sales@monkfieldnutrition.co.uk with your name, address, contact email and telephone numbers and pet shop licence number. A member of our sales team will make contact with you within 48 hours to discuss your requirements.

  • Can anyone purchase from Monkfield Nutrition?

    Contact us at sales@monkfieldnutrition.co.uk with your name, address, contact email and telephone numbers and pet shop licence number. A member of our sales team will make contact with you within 48 hours to discuss your requirements.

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