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Bearded Dragons

Diet

Insects - When feeding your pet bearded dragon insects, you should feed them gut-loaded insects, like crickets, once a day. An insect is “gut-loaded” when they have been fed strategic ingredients, like calcium and other nutrients, to increase their nutritional value before giving them to a reptile. Mealworms, superworms and waxworms can be offered to you pet, but only in small amounts. There are storage containers for these reptile insects that keep them from escaping. 

Vegetables and Fruits - Bearded dragons eat lots of dark, leafy greens, carrots, squash and peas that can all be offered daily. Fruits, like melons, berries and citrus, should only be offered to your pet once a week. Make sure to remove any food they do not eat after a few hours before it starts to rot. 

Bearded Dragon Food - Pellet food for bearded dragons should be offered on a daily basis, moistened with water. 

Vitamins - Dust an adult’s food with calcium/Vitamin D3 powder two to three times a week and a juviniles four to five times a week. A reptile multivitamin can be dusted on a juvenile’s food once a week and twice a month for adults, or as directed by your veterinarian

Habitat and Enclosure

Heating - Bearded dragons are ectotherms. That means they’ll need both a reliable source of heat and a cooler area to stay comfy. Their terrariums require a temperature gradient (a cool side and a warm side). Heat lamps/basking bulbs for reptiles can be used to create this. 

Temperature - The actual temperature of a bearded dragon habitat should be 75-85° Fahrenheit on the cool side of their tank and 95-100° Fahrenheit on the basking side. The night time temperature should be between 65-75° Fahrenheit. 

Humidity - Bearded dragons need their humidity levels to stay between 20-30%. A reptile water dish, habitat fogger or mister can be used to increase humidity in their tank. Use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels.

Lighting - Use UVB light bulbs to mimic a 12 hour day and night cycle. Bearded dragons are active during the day and sleep at night — just like you. Unlike you, they like basking under a UVA/UVB bulb with a timer for about 12 hours each day. 

Reptile Decor - Be sure to give your bearded dragon some habitat decor like a piece of driftwood or rock, secured in place, to climb a little closer to the heat source to bask, or to hide behind. Add a few branches for hiding and climbing.

Veterinarian Health Checks

Regular vet visits should always be on the calendar to monitor your bearded dragon’s care and make sure they stay in their best shape. Aside from yearly annual physical exams — if you notice any of these signs, it might be a good time to visit a veterinarian with reptile experience:

More hiding time than usual. 

Less eating and drinking

Weight loss

Swollen Joints

Skin Discoloration

Shedding

Abnormalities in the eyes, nose or mouth

Runny or abnormal droppings for more than 2 days

Lack of droppings over extended periods.