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Welcome to Dreamwidth's first bearded dragon community (also on LJ @ beardies)! This is a community for bearded dragon owners (or bearded dragon enthusiasts) to gather and talk about - surprise - bearded dragons!
What is a Bearded Dragon?
A Bearded Dragon is one of seven species of agamid lizards in the genus Pogona, found across Australia. Bearded Dragons are popular exotic pets, most commonly Pogona Vitticeps, the Inland or Central Bearded Dragon. Most Bearded Dragons in captivity reach approximately 16 to 22 inches (410 to 560 mm) from head to tail and weigh 350 to 600 grams (10 to 20 oz). These gentle beasts are now readily available due to their willingness to breed in captivity. Bearded Dragons make a wonderful pet for both beginners and advanced reptile keepers. Due to their docile nature and relative small size they have become quite popular in recent years. These beautiful creatures are highly recommended for families with small children also due to their seeming love for attention.
Is a Bearded Dragon the right pet for me/my family?
Beardies are certainly interesting and can make great pets. They are gentle, hardy and make a good pet for young children due to their docile nature. There are, however, a lot of things to keep in mind when considering a Dragon for a pet.
If you don't want to deal with:
*buying and handling crickets (and their not so pleasant smell) and other live food
*making a fresh 'salad' for your Dragon every day with varied ingredients
*making sure your Dragon has the right vitamins, supplements, etc.
*buying expensive equipment and maintaining a very specific environment
*cleaning their enclosure at least every other day
*finding a good herp vet (most vets know very little about Beardies)
*proper boarding and care if you should take a vacation
*washing your (or your kid's) hands after handling your Beardie every time
*spending time with your Beardie, at least an hour a day to keep it tame
*weekly (or bi-weekly) soaks to keep your Beardie hydrated and clean
then a Bearded Dragon is not for you.
With that said, Bearded Dragons make LOVELY pets and if you take the time to care for them and get to know them you will be surprised to see that they have a LOT of personality, especially the more you socialize them. Most will allow you to pet them and are content to sit on your lap or shoulder for long periods of time. They are quite docile and friendly creatures, and don't bite unless they are seriously mishandled. Once you have the right equipment set up and running you'll just need to make sure it continues to function properly. Bulbs usually need to be replaced every 6-12 months, substrate will need to be replaced as needed (depending upon which type you choose to use), and you'll want to make sure that your Beardie doesn't outgrow their enclosure. Baby Beardies grow very quickly and can outgrow a small tank in a matter of months. An adult Beardie needs at least a 40gal. breeder tank, but a 55gal. tank is best.
There are several sites which have somewhat varied opinions on the specifics of Bearded Dragon care, so I am going to list a few different ones. The most important thing to do before bringing home that cute little Beardie in the store is to learn exactly how to take care of them. Read, read and then read some more. Here are some resources to get you started:
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#6. This community uses the tagging system. As of December 27th, 2009 all entries have been reviewed and tagged by a moderator. Posts will be subsequently tagged on a monthly basis. Tags are set up to include not only the information contained in the post, but information in the comments section as well. Feel free to ask questions, but also check the tags section to see if your question may have already been answered before you post. If you need further clarification on any subject, just ask!
Common Words and Terms
brumation: Brumation is a term used for the hibernation-like state that cold-blooded animals utilize during very cold weather.
gravid: The term gravid is used to describe the condition of an animal (most commonly fish or reptiles) when carrying eggs internally. In short, it means 'pregnant'.
impaction: Impaction is a condition where a Bearded Dragon's digestive tract is blocked by a solid or semi-solid mass.
substrate: Substrate (sometimes called flooring or bedding) is the material used to line your dragon's housing.
*** DISCLAIMER *** We are not affiliated with the Beautiful Dragons Reptile Rescue (beautifuldragons.com). After detailed research and countless recommendations to their site, we have chosen to feature some articles from their website in this community. We are aware that some experts, breeders and enthusiasts have conflicting opinions on Bearded Dragon care, and we encourage members to use their own best judgment (and/or the recommendations of their own vet) when making decisions regarding their Dragon's care.
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