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Bearded Dragon

Scientific Name: Pogona vitticeps
Lifespan: Up to 15 years
Males: 3-5 lbs.
Size: 12-16 inches long w/ tail
Males: 3-5 lbs.
Diet: Omnivore
Handling Ease: Excellent

FOOD

  • A baby to juvenile bearded dragon’s diet should consist of:
    • 80% appropriately sized* insects (crickets or mealworms), fed daily
    • 15% fresh veggies (refer to 700-40)
    • 5% fresh fruit (refer to 700-40)
  • An adult bearded dragon’s diet should consist of:
    • 60% appropriately sized* insects (crickets, mealworms, superworms), fed 2- 3x’s weekly
    • 35% fresh veggies (refer to 700-40)
    • 5% fresh fruit (refer to 700-40)
  • IMPORTANT:
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)
    • Insect size fed is relative to the animal’s size. The easiest way to determine the appropriate size crickets is that the size of the cricket shouldn’t be longer than the distance between the eyes of the animal being fed. Mealworms can be safely given to bearded dragons over 6” in total body length. Superworms should only be given to adult bearded dragons.

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 20" long tank with screen cover (10 gallon tanks are not recommended because they do not provide the adequate thermal gradient) or medium glass reptile habitat
  • Reptile Sand Substrate
  • 75w Basking Light with fixture (or a light that will provide a basking temperature of 95°- 105°)
  • 10.0 Compact Fluorescent UVB light with fixture
  • A branch or climbing platform
  • Water Bowl (baby bearded dragons will need to be misted daily in addition to having
  • Food bowl (for veggies & fruit)
  • Cricket Keeper & Cricket Food
  • Sand Scooper
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)

Behavior/Handling

  • Hands down, the Bearded Dragon (“beardie”) is the best pet lizard on the market.
  • They love to be held, don’t get too large and have an overall great temperament.
  • Children love to watch them eat – they are voracious in eating their crickets as well as their romaine lettuce!
  • The name “bearded dragon” comes from the lizard’s ability to puff out its throat and have it turn black when threatened or when trying to attract a mate. This attribute is found in both males and females, but is more prevalent is males.
  • Bearded dragons can be housed in pairs very successfully (provided they are of the same size). If there are more than 2 bearded dragons in an enclosure, there should only be one male. Gender can be determined in bearded dragons over 9 months of age.