Bearded Dragon

Natural distribution: Found in the temperate to tropical arid to semi-arid woodland,  shrublands and hummock grasslands of the Murray-Darling Basin,  south-eastern Northern Territory to inland west New South Wales and Queensland.   

Adult size: (excluding tail): 250mm

Temperature in captivity:  Day time air temperature between 24 - 30°C,  night time should not be lower than 16°C.The Bearded Dragon should be able to regulate its’  body temperature at around 35°C by moving to and from a basking spot above 35°C at 100 - 150mm above the bottom of the vivarium (usually on a sloping rock or branch ornament).  Reptile One Daylight Basking Lamp or Reptile One Fan Heater positioned over the sloping ornament is ideal.  The soft air movement created by the Reptile One Fan Heater circulates the air in the vivarium more efficiently,  the wattage size of the heat lamps are determined by the size of the vivarium and internal décor.Bearded Dragons are diurnal (day time) reptiles and will require the day lights/ heat lamps to be turned off at night.  To keep your Bearded Dragons warm at night,  place a Reptile One Heat Mat under a Reptile One Cave or Log,  this will allow the Bearded Dragon to settle on the mat while feeling protected by the ornament.  The Reptile One Heat Mat can be left on all the time so do not position directly under the Reptile One Daylight Basking Lamp.  The heat mat should not be greater than 25% of the floor area.

Lighting: Reptile One Fluorescent Reflector with a Reptile One UVB10.0 Tube positioned a minimum 30cm above the basking spot,  will provide useful UV to enhance dietary calcium absorption and vitamin D3 production essential to Bearded Dragons.Enclosure: Reptile One have a range of enclosures and cabinets that are suitable for Bearded Dragons,  minimum suggested size would be 60cm with a choice of glass or timber finishes.The aesthetic properties of the Reptile One Desert Sand will enable you to create a near replica of the natural environment.  In conjunction with the sand;  Reptile One Bedding for Lizards can be used to give different surface texture.  Reptile One have a variety of artificial plants that will provide shade areas in the vivarium enabling the Bearded Dragon a retreat when needed.Ornaments: A choice of Reptile One decorative rocks and tree branches will give you the ability to provide sloping basking sites,  plus they are easy to clean.Backgrounds: The range of Reptile One artificial rock backgrounds allows you to choose a natural look for your vivarium.

Diet & Feeding: Bearded Dragons are basically omnivorous requiring a balance of Insects (crickets,  cockroaches or mealworms) and a mix of green or red vegetables (spinach,  coloured lettuce,  tomato,  peppers or yellow flower petals).  Juvenile Dragons will need to be fed daily the vegetable mix and insects while the adults,  if active fed daily or if not so active,  two to three times per week.  The insect should be dusted with Reptile One Vitacal twice a week,  all uneaten food should be removed in the afternoon daily.  Reptile One have a range of corner or round drinking dishes,  we suggest the use of shallow dishes to allow the Bearded Dragon to stand in the dish without drowning,  care should be taken not to create wet areas from water spillage,  as Bearded Dragons have a low tolerance to humidity.It might be necessary to drip water onto the lips of juvenile Bearded Dragons daily to get them to drink,  be sure to ask what the juvenile has been used to when you purchase them.The feeding dishes are used to feed the green vegetables or wet food in;  this prevents the Bearded Dragon from ingesting sand and causing complications that require Veterinarian assistance.

Handling: It is recommended before purchasing your Bearded Dragon to have a demonstration on the best way to hold juvenile and adult Bearded Dragons.  

IT IS IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER HANDLING BEARDED DRAGONS.

Seek advice from a specialist reptile veterinarian for all health issues.

It is illegal to remove native reptiles from the wild in Australia without the appropriate Government permits,  please check your states regulations on the appropriate permits to enable you to keep captive bred reptiles.  Please do not release any captive reptiles into the wild as this will disrupt the natural order of our environment.

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