The Ultimate guide
Caring and raising your Baby Bearded Dragon
Bearded Dragons were introduced into the United States during the 1990′s as pets. They have exploded in popularity since then. Australia has banned the sale of its wildlife for pet trade since the 1960′s. All Dragons sold in the United States today, have been bred here. But, the original stock is believed to have been illegally smuggled during the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s. Pogona Vitticeps, The Central Bearded Dragon is the most common here in the U.S. If you own a Beardie as a pet, it most likely belongs to this species. Central Bearded Dragons (Pogona vitticeps) originated from arid and semi-arid regions of Central Australia.
They can grow up to 24 Inches, including the tail. Most can live up to 10yrs, (Pogona vitticeps) has been know to live almost up to 15yrs in captivity. In the wild their lifespan is only about 3-5 years.
Successfully raising your baby bearded dragons should not be a daunting task. You should be prepared and know what to look for when choosing a baby . When given the opportunity to chose, there are signs that can predict the chances of success. Does the baby beardie seem active. Is it able to hunt down and catch its food. Is it playing dead or have does it have problems moving. No one wants to bring a new pet home if they have to struggle to keep it alive. Or to feel the pain of parting from a new family member.
Before you get your first dragon, you should learn about the different types. There are a few different types of Bearded dragons morphs or breeds. Dragon morphs are created when a breeder takes two different dragons with selected gene traits and mates them. The offspring can sometime come out to be a new morph. Variations between morph can be color size, amount of spikes, smoothness of skin, etc,. About 25 different major dragon morphs out there. With many new morphs being breed all the time. Everyone has an opinion on their favorite dragon morph. Look into them and find the breed type that most interesting to you.
Dragons are generally easy to keep as pets. When you take the time to learn how to properly set up your baby bearded dragon cage, you will be able to spend more time enjoying its company. There is a difference of needs for a baby beardie compared to an adult.
Learn about common that effect the health of your dragon. What aliments can be treated at home and what needs to be treated by your local Vet. Are all things you should know before you buy your first baby bearded dragon. Make your dragon feel at home in your home.The Bearded dragon behavior can tell you a lot. What makes dragons so unique is that they all have their own personality. Most dragons may not be to sociable, some seem to be downright friendly. Sometimes it seems as if they may be craving some attention. They are complex little creatures and that why Beardie owners grow so attached. Although not all dragons are the same they do carry some common behavior traits. Have you ever seen a beardie wave its hand, as if it was saying “Hi” or “Hello”. Its a sign of acknowledgement, just like a person waving hi to a friend. That is just one of many odd and cute behaviors a dragon do.
Although an adult is pretty much the same as a baby. Babies have different nutritional requirements. Aside from the size of their food, proportions and feeding frequencies. Its important to know when and how to add supplements to a baby beardies diet. Supplements like powdered calcium is not just recommended, its detrimental to a beardie. Terms like “Gut-Loading” is important to understand. Gut-Loading insects before feeding them to your baby Pogona can make a huge difference in the overall well being of your dragon.
The or tank set-up is usually the most costly part of owning a beardie. Take your time to choose the right material. Research what’s needed and what really isn’t. A lot of info out there is fluff made to sell more products. Some of those products will keep your baby bearded dragon alive and healthy. Light, Heat, UVB/ UVA, Timers, The right Substrate, etc,. Studying the bearded dragons habitat is the key to raising and keeping happy dragons. Taking the knowledge you have learned and mimicking it. Details like the day and night cycle, temperature, humidity and what foods are available to dragons in the wild.