Joining up with Marcy over at Ben & Me for “Blogging through the Alphabet” and super excited to do so!
Since our family has a general love and appreciation for all the animals the Lord has created…I am going to attempt to “Blog through the Alphabet” using animals. We started with “A for Alpaca” and now we are going to do “B for Bearded Dragon”.
Our family has recently found out about bearded dragons…and have become quite smitten with them. They actually have a lot of personality for a lizard…we think!
We started off with Nala and then about a month later got another one, Skye.
We have learned SO MUCH about the care of Bearded Dragons…but here I also want to post some general information about them…
- The bearded dragon’s scientific name is Pogona Vitticeps and they are medium sized lizards which are generally 12-24 inches in length from their head to the tip of their tail.
- Bearded dragons are only naturally found in Australia’s desert regions. Generally they are found in the southeastern Northern Territory and the eastern half of South Australia. Their habitats included woodlands, savannahs, and deserts. It is not uncommon to find them basking in branches, on stumps, or rocks during the morning there.
- Their general life span is 8 – 12 years.
- Bearded dragons are usually gentle by nature and you rarely hear of an aggressive bearded dragon especially towards humans. In fact, bearded dragons do not attack when threatened, instead they freeze, puff their throat, and may change colors.
- Unlike some lizards, bearded dragons will not re-grow tails, legs, or anything else. So if your bearded dragon has lost his or her tail, it will not regrow.
Now about their care…they are kind of particular when it comes to their care. Initially it was a little overwhelming as I am used to dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and the like. Feed, pet, love – that’s about it. Not so much the case for beardies…
- They need a 40 gallon breeder or larger tank.
- They need a screen top on the tank.
- They need two lights: uvb and basking. They do NOT need nor want a red light on at any time, especially at night.
- They do NOT need sand in the bottom of their cage. Slate tile (from Lowe’s) is the best.
- Dubia Roaches are the best live food to feed them. They also need daily greens.
- They need Calcium with D as well as “Superveggie” on their greens.
- The lights should be on for 12 hours and off for 12 hours.
- They should eat about one hour after their lights are turned on and the lights should be left on for at least two hours after they eat. (Reason being is that the lights help with digestion.)
I hope you have learned some fun things about bearded dragons. Come back next week to see what interesting animal we discuss for the letter C.
Here’s praying we all have fun learning!