Meet our Bearded Dragons!
Abraham Lincoln was born in 2009. He joined the Tiny Tails family when he was just over a year and a half old. Abe is a very cool guy who loves to hang out on his people friends and have mealworms delivered straight to his doorstep.
Squirt and his brother Stubby are new additions to our Tiny Tails family, they were born in July 2011 and are still growing! Stubby somehow lost the tip of his tail (hence the name), but both are very sweet and love to sit on your shirt.
THINKING ABOUT A BEARDED DRAGON AS A PET?
- Adult dragons should be housed in an aquarium tank no smaller than 40 gallons, but 55 is preferred due to the extra room for running.
- You will need a screen lid to allow for the proper ventilation and beardies require full spectrum lighting 12-14 hours a day. The light should be placed on the screen lid, not directed through the glass, and your dragon should be able to get within 6-8 inches of it.
- Your dragon will also require a heat lamp that allows a section of their cage (a “basking spot”) to reach around 95°F during the day. At night, the cage can be allowed to fall to around 65°F.
- Your beardie will also appreciate a hiding place and some decorations such as fake plants and logs (for basking), which will help make his environment feel more natural.
- A substrate must be used in the bottom of your beardie’s cage. For adults, these range from newspaper to reptile carpet and playsand, and must be changed about once a week.
- Bearded dragons are omnivorous, meaning they will consume both meat and plants. It is important to make sure that all food material fed to your dragon be no larger than the space between their eyes to avoid digestion issues. A medium sized handful of greens such as collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, and kale should be fed to your lizard friend every day. You can also supplement with frozen vegetables like peas and carrots. Seven to ten small insects such as mealworms, waxworms, or crickets should be fed every other day. It is also advisable to “dust” your insects with a calcium and vitamin D3 supplement, which are available at most pet stores.
- It is necessary to provide your dragon with a water dish, a flat “insect” dish, and a food dish (for veggies).
- In captivity, bearded dragons can live up to 10 years.
Reptile Rescue Organizations:
Reptiles have a rather long life span and, unfortunately, many people do not take this into consideration when purchasing a new pet and soon find themselves overwhelmed. Luckily, organizations exist that help rescue and re-home our reptile buddies.
Interesting Bearded Dragon facts!
- Bearded Dragons have a “third eye” known as the Parietal Eye. This is not an eye as we think of it and it cannot make out shapes or “see.” It is a rudimentary organ that is able to distinguish changes in light and dark. This “eye” is used for hormonal control as well as temperature regulation. It is a valuable asset to the lizard because it helps protect them from flying predators.
- They can change color to a certain extent and use this to camouflage themselves from predators. The color changing can also be in relation to body temperature as lighter colors reflect more light away from the body. The lizards may also change color to show mood or illness
- Bearded Dragons will sometimes run on their back two legs to escape danger. Although this is slower than running on all fours, it might help to regulate their body temperatures by keeping their bodies further from the hot ground, which in turn will allow them to run longer. It also allows them to cover more ground area.
- When it gets too hot outside, the Bearded Dragon may burrow underground.
- Bearded Dragons shed their skin just like snakes and like to stay moist while doing so.
- Bearded Dragons are from Australia and are good climbers. They spend much of their time in the wild in trees and bushes or basking on rocks.
- hen threatened or when acting territorial, the Bearded Dragon will flex the muscles around their neck, inflating their “beard.” This causes them to look larger and helps to ward off predators.