World famous Bearded Dragon expert tells you the bearded dragon facts and secrets about raising active and healthy lizards that will make your pet raising a fun filled experience!!
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You could have easily asked mom and dad for a playful little puppy or a frisky little feline. They would have gotten you a timid little turtle or a flippy little fish. But if you would like to stand out from the rest of the crowd, when the teacher takes an inventory of classroom pets, you would want to be the only one in the” bearded dragon” column. Did you know that preferring a bearded dragon to the typical household pet says a lot about you? You are a kid or adult who seeks adventure. You like the subtle sense of danger that is inherent with bearded dragon ownership. Well adventure-seeker, hold on to your backwards baseball cap as we review these interesting bearded dragon facts.
Bearded dragon Facts and history-An Introduction
Bearded dragons are native to Australia. So how did they get here? Australia has very strict laws against exporting this popular pet. All bearded dragons available in American are captive bred. Captive breeding is people breeding animals in restricted environments. Since the bearded dragon is not native to our topography, or environment, we want to make them feel right at home.
When you to buy a tank for your bearded dragon, make sure that it is at least a forty- gallon size. If mom and dad can afford to buy a 55-gallon size tank that is even better; it is the one your dragon can grow into. You will also want a secured screen for the top. As for the topography, it should match that of Australia, which is mostly desert and sand. Your bearded dragon will feel right at home in a terrarium that mimics its natural habitat, so fill their tank with substrate, or sand. Be sure to pick a substrate without pebbles or gravel so that you can avoid your dragon getting gut impaction.
The adventurer in you will want to add something exotic to the tank but stick to the basics, please. Information on bearded dragon facts suggest that they are semi-arboreal, which means they sometimes like to perch in their terrarium. In your foraging, you are likely to come across sturdy rocks, small pieces of trees, or part of tree trunks. They are great additions to your tank. They work as a great basks, or things for your little lizard to sun on. They will also need things to shade them so do not forget to include little enclaves and crevice for them to hide within.
If you want your little beardie to split her time between indoors and outdoors, consider constructing an outdoor vivarium, or greenhouse. A fact about bearded dragons’ state that a vivarium should set deep within the ground, 18 inches in is good. This will prevent them from tunneling out. It should be heated with gas-operated fan heaters, heating pads, or hot water pipes. Outdoor habitats may receive lots of rainfall and that is okay. Just make sure that they have a high, dry place upon which they can perch, remember, they are semi-arboreal. Also, be sure that no predatory animals like birds, raccoons or dogs can get to your pet’s vivarium. Those predatory animals are much different from what a bearded dragon would see in their natural topography. Large lizards, dingoes, and other birds of prey are who they are most afraid of as they have the fear of falling in as their prey. So, make sure you keep these predators at bay.
If you want a real adventure, then get ready because feeding time will be wild! When your dragon is a baby, their diet is simple. They need small but frequent meals. They will want more than you offer because it is a time of great growth, but be careful not to over feed them. When feeding them crickets, be sure they are “pinhead kind”. They are about the size of a penny and are just the right size for the delicate digestive system of a baby beardie. Prepping the cricket for consumption is fun. You have to gut-load them first. Gut-loading is feeding the right crickets, fruits and vegetables so that when it is digested by your little pet, it is chock-full of health and nutrition. Your bearded dragon may also enjoy the different varieties of worms like just-molted mealworms, and wax moth larvae. Both are small and delicate and will not harm your baby pet’s innards.
As they grow and develop, their diet should change as well. You may still gut-load the larger crickets that they can handle at 4 months and beyond, but they can also tolerate the actual fruit and vegetables themselves. They may also graduate to mice, which is an adventure all itself. An interesting bearded dragon fact for kids is the baby pinkie mice have less calcium and fat than do adult pinkie mice. As pinkie mice grow, there is increased calcium content in their bodies. The white on their underbelly is proof of it. This is why they are preferred over baby pinkie mice. Another very interesting fact about bearded dragons is that when you feed them that adult pinkie mouse, you have to feed it to them in one whole piece! you get to watch them eat that pinkie whole. Now that is going to be an exciting venture!
The most cost-effective way to feed your beardie the mice that she will need in the long-term is to breed them. Purchase a male and female pinkie mouse and a separate 10-gallon tank for their exclusive use. Every month or so, you will have a constant fresh supply of baby pinkie mice for your bearded dragon, and you will save a considerable amount of money without compromising on the right diet of your dragon pet.
Bearded Dragon Facts – Top 5 Facts about bearded dragons
• Did you know that most bearded dragons, like dogs, live at least 10 years, but some have lived even up to fourteen years and beyond? There are rumors that some live up to almost twenty, but that has not been proven.
• Did you know that bearded dragons, like chameleons, change their color when they feel threatened? They freeze and puff out their throat, showing their beard, hoping that the predator will pass them by and leave them alone! Rightly named”Bearded Dragons”!
• Bearded dragons, like some turtles, can genetically mutate and be born with two heads? In fact, the two-headed bearded dragon, Zak-n-Wheeze, born in 2008 has yearly birthday parties. Interesting right?
• Did you know that bearded dragon, like bird will wave at you? This is a common behavior of bearded dragons and it means that they recognize your presence. They like to wave at humans and at other bearded dragons.
• Bearded dragons, like snakes, stick out their tongues? Like their reptile cousin, they stick out their tongues to test the temperature of their environment. This is because they thermo regulate, or regulate their own temperatures. They can also have split tongues like do snakes.
These bearded dragon facts presented here would make you fall in love with your ‘Beardie’ all over again! Yeah! You will not be able to put her on a leash and take her out for a walk, neither you be able to make her sit up or go fetch, but you will be in for the adventure of your life.