The Bearded Dragon as a Pet
Bearded dragon is not exactly com
mon to everyone. Some people are not even familiar with this pet reptile. With this, when you say that you want
to adopt bearded dragon to be your pet, some reactions would be “what is that?”, “a dragon?”, “a dragon with a
beard?”, “sounds scary” and so many others. Well, these reactions are indeed common from people who are
unfamiliar with bearded dragon.
Sometimes, they will easily jump into a
conclusion that bearded dragons are dangerous when they see the physical appearance of the reptile. Of course,
we cannot help the fact that there are people who have nothing in their mind besides dogs, cats, birds and
fishes when you say “pet”. They do not understand that there are also reptiles specifically bearded dragons that
are ideal to become a pet.
If you are relating to this kind of
situation, like for example, your parents do not want to agree for you to adopt a bearded dragon or maybe your
wife feels that having bearded dragons in the house is too dangerous for the kids then you need some explaining
It would be best for everyone if you
will explain and introduce a bearded dragon to them carefully until they realize that not all reptiles are
dangerous and that bearded dragon is in fact a perfect pet to have.
Knowing a Bearded Dragon for the First
Convincing a person who is not familiar
with bearded dragon could require a lot of work before you get their “yes”. However, introducing to them this
pet lizard in an effective manner could make things a bit easier for you. Well, first thing is do not bring the
person or the people you are convincing in front of a bearded dragon just yet. It would be better if they will
have background or idea first, about what a bearded dragon is.
Here are the details about bearded
dragons that you could share to them for them to know more about the reptile that you want to
1. Bearded dragons are living in the wild particularly in Australia
but they do well in captivity which is why there are already lots of bearded dragons in the United States of
America and other parts of the world.
2. They are friendly. It must be difficult to believe that a reptile
is friendly but you should explain to your folks that bearded dragons are harmless. There are lots of people
sharing stories how they meet a bearded dragon in the wild but the reptile did not do anything but freeze
themselves out. Unlike other animals in the wild, they do not attack when threatened. They may change their
colors like chameleons, they freeze, and that is that.
3. They are called “bearded dragon” because of the beard under their
throat. This is one of the most distinctive features of this reptile and you will be able to distinguish
various species of bearded dragons based on their beards and spikes. With that, you will be able to explain
the meaning behind the name.
4. It would also be great for them to know that bearded dragons have
long life. They can grow from 10 to 12 years old and with really great care, they can even reach 15 years. It
is indeed nice to have a pet that you can grow old with – a pet that you can even introduce to your children
5. It is also wonderful to know that bearded dragons are easy to
maintain. They may look intimidating but the truth is that they are simple and they require simple and
6. Another concern of other people who are unaware of bearded
dragons is the foods these reptiles eat. Well, you should explain to them that beardies are omnivores. They
can eat anything whether plants, vegetables, fruits and meat in the form of insects. They are not
picky-eaters so there will not be a problem about feeding.
7. Pet bearded dragons are also docile and they have great
temperament. They may be aloof or uncomfortable when you hold them during first few days of adoption but they
will grow accustomed later on when they start to recognize their master.
8. They are usually quiet. If you are the type of person who wants
quiet home so you can relax after long day at work then a pet bearded dragon is indeed perfect for
9. Children and everyone in the house are safe since bearded dragon
is just staying in an aquarium or enclosure. Well not that beardies are harmful or dangerous, but it would be
a relief for those people who are hesitant about having a bearded dragon in the house to know that the
reptiles have their own cage or shelter and that everyone in the house is
10. Another great
thing about having a pet bearded dragon is the fact that they do not litter in the house. With the help of
the substrate in their cage, you will be able to clean their mess easily.
Preparations for Your Bearded Dragon
You will convince more the people
around you to allow you to have a pet bearded dragon when they realize that you are completely ready and
responsible to become a pet owner. Therefore, it is best to learn about the different preparations for your
bearded dragon even before you buy or adopt one. Here are some pointers to
1. Learn exactly where you could adopt a bearded dragon – it is best
if you know where to go to when you are adopting a beardie. How are you going to convince your parents or
your spouse that you are ready for a bearded dragon when you do not know where to begin? Therefore, before
you bring up the issue of adopting a bearded dragon you should make sure to know where you plan to buy or
adopt the pet. You can decide whether you want to buy from a pet store, contact a breeder from online
websites or maybe you want to adopt a beardie from rescue center.
2. Prepare the aquarium even before the bearded dragon arrives home
– we already discussed in a past lesson how detailed setting up an aquarium for your bearded dragon could be.
With this, you must make sure to prepare the enclosure before your pet beardie arrives home. You should
establish the two sides in the enclosure warm and cooler areas as well as the basking spot. It is also
advisable to do your trial and error or testing when it comes to overall temperature and lighting in the
cage. This way, you are sure that the bearded dragon will have comfortable time in the cage. It will be
stressful for the reptile if there is no enclosure prepared yet.
3. Plan the diet of your pet – you should base the diet plan of your
bearded dragon according to their age. Young beardies as well as juvenile need more protein in their diet
therefore you should give them more insects like roaches, worms and crickets. However, it would be best to
choose young insects to feed them so it is easier for them to chew. For adult beardies, you could settle with
more fruits and vegetables. It is a golden rule to measure the food based on the distance between their eyes
to know for sure that they can digest the foods easily.
4. Prepare a routine care plan – we also discussed from previous
lesson how important it is to prepare a routine care plan. Preparing this kind of plan shows that you are
ready for your responsibility as pet bearded dragon master. Once your folks or your spouse notice how
prepared you are then it is not impossible for them to agree with you
5. Find a good herp vet – it would be ideal to meet a good herp vet
near your area. This will help you secure good health for your bearded dragon. It is mentioned that bearded
dragons have long life expectancy however just like humans and other animals, bearded dragons get sick too.
It would be best for them if you will be able to treat the disease immediately with the help of the vet that
specializes in the case of reptiles like your bearded dragon.
It may not be very easy to convince or
persuade other people to the idea of having bearded dragon as pet however once they get to know more about the
reptile, they will slowly understand why there are people who are interested in adopting bearded
If you are truly interested to adopt
one then be sure that, you are 100% ready for a long time commitment because having a bearded dragon is also
like having a baby. You need to nourish them with great love and care. In the next lesson, you will be able to
understand more about different behaviors of bearded dragons like arm waving, head bobbing and eye bulging.