Bearded Dragons are very docile lizards that get their name from the spiny scaled space that covers their throat.
The male dragons will "puff" this area up as a sign of dominance and defense.
Bearded Dragons are a fantastic choice for first time reptile owners, especially for families with young kids that are searching for a reptilian family member.
Beardies are medium sized reptiles growing 18-24 inches in length.
They are omnivorous creatures, which means they naturally eat plants and insects.
In captivity they often do better on a vegetarian diet.
Their diet should consist mainly of calcium coated crickets, superworms, other insects, earthworms, pinky mice, dark leafy greens such as romaine, collard greens, kale, escarole, and red-leaf lettuce, and fruits & veggies such as strawberries and beans.
Any food items presented to your Bearded Dragons should be no bigger than the space between their eyes.
Bearded Dragons are native to central Australia and are basically desert-dwelling lizards.
Their colour varies from a dull brown or gray to straw/yellow to fiery orange-red.
Bearded dragons are a very popular pet, They are extremely adaptable to different habitats, and may be found in woodland, scrubland, and grasslands.
Bearded dragons are superb pets for adults or kids, and are often used in schools as class pets.
A Bearded dragon takes up less space than a dog or cat and is much cleaner.
Bearded dragons are not prone to bad health but they can get worms or mites.
If your animal is bleeding from a wound or internally (bloody vomit, or blood in the faeces), is paralysed, has abnormal swellings on any part of its body, it may have a broken bone, or has ingested a potentially toxic substance, get your pet to a vet right away.
Bearded Dragons are quite rare reptiles, whose astonishing biological charactaristic is their extremely long facial hair.
This makes them unique among reptiles, not only due to the fact that they have hair, but also that many of them have very stylish goatees.
Bearded dragons are primarily desert dwellers.
However, they do spend the hottest part of the day in relatively cool areas As with all desert creatures, too much heat may be just as dangerous as too little.
During the day the temperature should range from 76 F (24 C) on the cool side to 86 F (30 C) on the warm side, with their basking area ranging from 90-100 F (32-37.
When threatened these lizards assume a defensive posture, opening their mouths and pushing their throat skin forward to make their 'beard'.
They are usually bought at a few months of age, measuring only 15 - 20 cm (6 - 8 inches).
They should be alert, but fairly tame (not too docile though as these lizards tend to become tamer and slower as they age).
They are active lizards, and like to climb around.
Put some sturdy angled branches or twisty grapewood into their enclosure, and you'll probably see the dragon climbing and exploring.
Bearded dragons are a diurnal basking species, and as such, need exposure to full spectrum light in order to properly synthesize vitamin D3 and for calcium absorption in the GI tract.
Specifically they require light in the UVB.
While their appearance is similar to iguanas, dragons tend to be more docile than iguanas and far less demanding.
Bearded Dragons are not like most reptiles you can buy at a pet store.
They enjoy being handled, they eat greens along with crickets and you don't have to feed them mice for them to get proper nutrition.
Bearded dragons are commonly available at pet stores, reptile expos and breeders' websites.
Captive-bred specimens are usually recommended because they are much healthier and more acclimated to captivity than animals caught in the wild.