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What is a Bearded Dragon?... a medium sized pet lizard, but with a cool, spiny "beard"!
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I would like to know if you can get some sort of food to leave in the vivarium when on holiday, I have people who will come in but not everyday, and wonder if I can get anything like food blocks like you get for fish?
Hello! Help! We've had a bearded dragon for about 10 days now that we got from a friend. He's been fun and interesting, but I have noticed something I had not before, and I don't know if what I am seeing is normal or some ailment.
He began shedding some skin along his hind legs, which seemed normal, but today when I kind of looked underneath him I saw a line of raised bumps, quite large, almost like pustules, along his hind legs, almost from knee to knee. Does anyone have any idea what these are? I know there are glands that the males have--is this what I am seeing?
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Editor's Note -
In sexually mature male lizards, secondary sexual characteristics develop. One of these characteristics are enlarged preanal and femoral pores. The femoral pores run in a line along the inner base of the leg from the knee to the tail. It sounds like this is what you are seeing.
Hi there. I have a beardred dragon and he/she is now 4 months old. Me and my partner have always fed him/her 3 to 4 crickets a day and some
green veg, is that enough to be giving him/her as we got told 15 crickets a day should be supplied to the beardred dragon ??
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Riaz Collins -
I have 2 beardies aswell,I bought these guyz for my 7 year old daugher.She loves them dearly...
Well,anyway regarding your question,"Ratchet and Clank" are now 6 months old and I have always fed them upto about 10 Crickets a day.They seem to reject them if they donnot want anymore,they usually just stand idle.I usually take them out of the terrarium and place them in a Plastic dish the of which I dispense the crickets in aswell (We love watching them catch the crickets).I will take Ratchet usually out 1st and and let him feast on his 5 crickets and I always throw 1 extra of which she eats or sometimes rejects (The same applies with Clank).Then she is removed and placed back in the terrarium.Now I would take Clank and do the same.
So you can feed upto 10 or 12 Crickets a day.I usually buy medium to small depending on availabity.There will be times that they will just refuse they meal and skip a day,but I would prefer it not to be more than a day.This happened to me about 3 times already.It was a bit of a concern but I was told by the petshop that they usually have slow digesting habits.I actually hand fed them the next day just to make sure they will eat.
Hope the info helps...
The majority of a bearded dragon's diet should be leaves of deep green veggies- romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens and such... no iceberg(no nutritional value). You can also alternate mealworms and crickets, just remember not to feed anything larger than the space between his eyes.
Bearded Dragons are such awesome pets to have. I have a Bearded Dragon named Riley. I've had him for about two years now. He is the best reptile I could have ever asked for. He is such a good pet. And let me tell ya... he has a big appetite for crickets, pinky mice, peas, carrots, and clovers. But that's just his favorite foods, he likes plenty of other fruits and vegtables. He loves to go outside on hot summer days and soak up the sun. He also loves to be misted off when it's hot outside too. I can't even explain how much I love my Riley Boy. I don't think another Bearded Dragon could ever take the place of Riley.
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brooke hodge -
Hey I had a bearded dragon and he died last year and I don" t know why!:(
Wow you are actually saying calci sand is good when every other forum on the internet agrees that it kills them, no sand in digestable and its fact that no sand should be used with bearded dragons especially young ones. As for news paper and reptile carpet most other sites recomend them. The number one cause of bearded dragons dying is sand and calci sand is the worst and people like you should know better than to put it in a tutorial. Use tiles and clean them once a weak empty poo out every day.
EDITOR'S NOTE: There are may different opinions and debates in this area. When any hard particle or substrate is ingested, there is a chance it can lead to an impaction - blockage of the intestines. However, the main cause of death in Beardies is said to be overly large prey. Other causes of death, especially in juveniles, includes ingestion of too much hard chitin (exoskeleton) from food prey, usually from feeding too many mealworms as well as ingestion of hard substrates. Other causes of death include egg binding in females when not provided with proper nesting. Kidney disease is known to be an occasional cause in older dragons.
Impaction can occur more easily in the fragile delicate digestive system of younger dragons, while beardies at age 5-6 months or 10" - 12" in length are said to be kept on fine sand or other types of substrates. Washed play sand, alfalfa pellets, cat litter or wood stove pellets made from recycled newspapers are a few of the substrates suggested by some breeders. The debate over calci sand is quite involved. It is not a 'sand' in the sense of being fine particles of rock, such as a play sand. It is made of 100% calcium carbonate, which is dissolvable with moisture. Reportedly the problem seems to arise in that when calci sand gets wet (beardies tend to lick things) it can dry into very hard lumps which is no longer easily dissolved and so an impaction problem could result. Substrates some sites suggest avoiding include calci-sand, walnut shells, and corn cob litter.
James van Wyk
I have one of these terrific lizards. I got him when he was just under 9cm. I've had him for about 4 months and already he is 16cm. He is a normal phase and very tame. I love beardies!
Along with calcium sand being ok no solid substrates as babies, and for adults if you maintain a high temperature range (110 or so) you can use wash and sifted playsand. They should still get a calcium suppliment especially when they are babies. They should get fed greens everyday and adults only get 25-50 feeders a week and dragons should NEVER be housed together, they are not social and could cause harm to each other. There are other things I didn't mention but the main thing is to read as many caresheets as possible so you can gather as much information as possible.
I have had my beardie (Rex) for about 5 months now. He is the coolest little guy. We got him for our son who is 5 yrs old. They love each other, my son makes pictures for him and everything. Rex is so calm and mello. Greatest pet I have ever owned! We're thinking about getting another one so rex can have a play mate:)
You do not want to use calcium sand. The beardies WILL start eating it and there is a huge risk of impacting smaller specimens.
James van Wyk
We have kept many reptiles over the last 11 years but the best lizard is Ralph the beardie. He's about five or six months old and is incredibly friendly! Sometimes he bites but it only feels like a scratch. He is a red phase and doesn't completely have his colours yet but will be absolutely beautiful when he's full grown!