Caring for a Bearded Dragon

Are you looking for a pet that’s slightly unusual, but not too difficult to care for? A bearded dragon may be a great option for you! These little lizards are quite cute, and are not difficult to take care of. A local Anderson, IN vet discusses some basics of beardie care below.


Baby beardies should have a tank that is 10 gallons or larger. For adult dragons, you’ll need at least a 75-gallon tank. You’ll need to add substrate, such as reptile carpet. Sand is okay for adult dragons, but shouldn’t be used for juveniles. You’ll also need to add dishes, a water bowl, and a few hidey-holes. You can make the tank both more attractive and more entertaining for your pet by adding hammocks, plants, rocks, perches, and climbing branches.


Your dragon will need specific environmental conditions in order to thrive. You’ll need to keep the tank at the proper temperatures, so you’ll need some heating equipment. Beardies regulate their temperature by moving from hot to cool areas. Therefore, one end of the tank should be about 95 -105 during the day, while the rest should stay around 80. It can be a bit cooler at night. Your little buddy will also need UVB and UVA lighting, as well as a basking light for sunbathing. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Ever wonder why these cute lizards aren’t more popular? Their diets may have something to do with it. Your scaled buddy will eat live bugs. Needless to say, this can be a dealbreaker for anyone who isn’t willing to handle creepy-crawlies. You’ll need to dust the bugs with nutritional powder before giving them to your lizard. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.


Beardies are quite hardy, but they aren’t invincible. Watch for signs of illness, such as diarrhea, lack of appetite, discoloration, lethargy, and/or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your vet immediately.


One great thing about beardies is the fact that they are really quite gentle. You will need to handle your tiny dinosaur gently and regularly to keep him friendly and tame. Many beardies like hanging out on their humans. You may be surprised at how charming these adorable lizards are!

As your Anderson, IN vet clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Please contact us for all of your pet dragon’s veterinary care needs.

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