If you are considering a Bearded Dragon as a pet, although they are easy to keep, it is essential to provide them with the correct environment to ensure their well-being and to maximise their life span. In captivity, bearded dragons can live 7-10 years with proper care.
When purchasing your Bearded Dragon, it is difficult to distinguish males from females among hatchlings and juveniles. When they become adults, sexual difference become more apparent. The males generally have larger heads and larger, darker beards.
Bearded Dragons tend to be mellow and docile, even in the wild. Although hatchlings and juveniles may be skittish, the adults will often appear to enjoy human company, making Bearded Dragons one of the better reptilian pets. Bearded Dragons tend to be curious, and will enjoy exploring, so if you can, provide a safe, larger enclosure.
To pick up a Bearded Dragon, place your hand under its abdomen and gently scoop it up. As the dragon lays on your palm, gently curve your fingers around its abdomen.
Diet and Water
Adult Bearded Dragons will eat crickets, cockroaches and a daily variety of freshly chopped green leafy vegetables (except for normal lettuce).
Crickets should not be any larger than 1/3 of the size of the Dragons head. Oversize insects can cause blockage and be fatal to your Bearded Dragon.
It is recommended that you give your Bearded Dragon vitamins and calcium once or twice a week. View our range of supplements and vitamins here.
It is important to provide your animal with a fresh daily supply of water. Place the water container at the cool end of the enclosure. Ensure your water container is not deep, as Bearded Dragons often like to bathe, especially when they are shedding. Occasionally spray a fine mist of water over the dragons. They absolutely love it, and it will also help them shed.
A 1.3m long cabinet is suitable for up to three or six Bearded Dragons (depending on the species). It is ideal not to mix the species within the enclosure, though not imperative.
The enclosure can be glass or timber (with glass front), remembering that timber will retain heat better than glass. Glass enclosures are great when they are kept in a home that does not get too hot or cold throughout the year. Come in-store and see our Bearded Dragon Kit for everything you need.
Bearded Dragons require a basking type heat. A day lamp should be provided at one end of the enclosure. The temperature directly under the lamp can be approx. 40C. On the opposite side it should only be approx. 25C and approx. 30C in the centre of the enclosure. A night lamp should be provided to maintain the ambient or average temp around 18C. View our range of heating products here.
It is important to provide both UVA and UVB on a daily basis to your reptile. It is essential for absorption of calcium and digestion. The easiest way to provide UV is through and artificial source. UV tubes are available here.
Bearded Dragons in New South Wales are required to be kept under a reptile keeper’s licence. The licence is easily obtainable by phoning National Parks and Wildlife on (02) 9585 6406 or by picking up an application form from Kellyville Pets. It is presently law in New South Wales to have a licence. Without it, it is impossible to gain a reptile legally.
If you would like further information, you can download a fact sheet here or come in-store and speak to one of our staff in the Reptile Department.