Bearded Dragon Facts

THE BEARDED DRAGON

 

Generally called the Bearded Dragon, it is actually part of a genus of reptiles called PAGONA which is made up of eight species of lizard. The following article contains some Bearded Dragon Facts.

 

Bearded Dragon Head

 

The term “Bearded Dragon” comes from the underside of its’ throat which turns black whenever it feels threatened, or spots a possible rival. They are excellent climbers and spend much of their time up in tree branches or bushes. They also love to bask on rocks or up on exposed tree branches, but when it gets too hot for them will burrow underground.

 

Originating from Central Australia they have spread to most parts of the country now. The Australian Government has put a ban on their export to the pet trade. Compared to other exotic reptiles they are relatively easy to keep, so have become popular pets for adults and older children alike.

 

The male being the larger can reach a length of sixty centimetres ( 24″ )including the tail. Looked after properly they have an average life span of ten years, some reaching twelve years.

 

Pogona

 

All pet owners have a responsibility to look after and care for their pets. If you’re thinking about having bearded dragons as pets, learn as much as you can about how to care for them beforehand. You should take your lifestyle and household into account when deciding whether you can offer them a good home.

 

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This guide explains a bearded dragon’s basic needs so you can decide if they’re right for you. I have listed below a list of what equipment petsathome.com advise that you have in place before bringing your pet into your home.

 

• Vivarium
• Lighting unit
• Specialist reptile UV lightsAdult Dragon
• Heat Lamp
• Reflector
• Heat rock or Heat mat and Thermostat
• Thermometer
• Calcium supplement
• Vitamin supplement
• Complete dry food
• Gut loading insect food
• Water dish
• Food dish
• Substrate
• Reptile-safe disinfectant
• Décor
• Book on caring for bearded dragons

 

KEEPING A BEARDED DRAGON AS A PET

 

Bearded dragons are one of the simplest lizards to look after, and make great pets for older children and adults. They are easy to handle and have lots of character. Smaller dragons can be delicate so as with all pets, children should be supervised when handling them.

 

Bearded Dragons are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day, and can live up to ten years old and have been known to reach twelve. Males tend to be larger than females, and if cared for properly, can reach their maximum total length (including tail) of 60cm in one year.

 

They don’t have the need for company that most mammals do and are quite content on their own. Once they have got used to you they seem to enjoy being handled and will quite happily sit on your knee or shoulder.

 

Bearded Dragon 2

 

It is difficult to sex them when they are young, so it is important to note that males will fight when they mature, but females will probably live quite peacefully together. A male who is housed with one or more females will form a natural social group, although breeding is almost certain.

 

Bearded dragons lay eggs which need to be incubated at the right temperature, so need to carefully monitored and when hatched the young need to be raised for several weeks away from their parents before being allowed to go to new homes.

 

Both sexes bob their heads to each other which is one of the ways they communicate. They also communicate by waving one of their front legs, almost as if they are saying hello. This is natural behaviour and they do it even when kept alone.

 

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A FINAL NOTE

It is important that you do your home work on these creatures before you commit to buying one. I would recommend the Bearded Dragon Manual which provides essential beared dragon facts for devoted owners.


As with any pets you have a duty of care, a legal obligation, not to be taken lightly.

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