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Want to break into the world of reptile Pet Parenting? Or just looking to add a docile, interesting reptile to your existing family? Either way, bearded dragons (known fondly among hobbyists as "Beardies") are a great way to go. Bearded dragons are gentle by nature and will learn to enjoy interacting with their Pet Parents. They have spiny skin under their throats that when "puffed up," looks like a beard. They eat mostly live insects like crickets and also some vegetables.
Things to remember
Give your pet 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings, then try holding him for short amounts of time. Take care to never handle him by the tail - it could break off.
Bearded dragons originally come from the desert and need a warm, dry environment.
"Dust" the insects with a calcium supplement twice a week - ask a PetSmart associate for details.
They will drink from a shallow dish and lick moisture from their skin; mist your pet every other day.
Use a well-ventilated, 40-gallon or larger, glass terrarium.
Hiding & basking
Include a basking area close to the heat source. Also add a wood or rock hiding place in the cool area of the home.
Line a juvenile's (less than 6" long) home with newspaper or reptile carpet; use a 3"-6" layer of calcium sand for adults. Clean out waste weekly and change bedding at least once a month.
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