Bearded Dragon FAQ
By Alexis Jefferson
Q How old is my dragon?
A: There is no definite way to tell unless you know the hatch date.
Q How to give my dragon a bath?
A: Dragon's elbow deep water, 100F, 10-15 minutes, 3 times a week. Babies need daily baths.
Q What UVB is the best?
A: Reptisun 10.0 fluorescent tube. Compact and coil bulbs (often sold for under $20) don't put out enough uvb.
Q What do I feed my baby bearded dragon?
A: 80% live insects and 20% greens. Crickets, superworms, mealworms, Phoenix worms, and dubia roaches/discoid roaches are examples of staples. Good veggies are collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, and butternut squash. Feed them as many bugs as they can eat in 10-15 minutes 3 times a day.
Q What do I feed my adult bearded dragon?
A: 80% greens and 20% live insects. Crickets, superworms, mealworms, Phoenix worms, and dubia roaches/discoid roaches are examples of staples. Good veggies are collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, and butternut squash. Too many insects for an adult beardie can cause gout.
Q Is sand bad for beardies?
A: Reptile sand (vitamin and calcium sand) are bad for beardies. However, children's play sand that you can get from a home improvement store is safe as long as your dragon is completely healthy.
Q Can superworms chew out of their stomachs?
A: No. It isn't possible. Those "well my friend told me" stories are false.
Q Are mealworms bad for beardies?
A: No. A healthy bearded dragon can eat mealworms with no issues.
Q What should their basking temperature be?
Q Can beardies be housed together?
A: Generally no. Males should ALWAYS live alone. Two females can work, but there is always a risk of a leg going missing.
Q Is my bearded dragon a fancy?
A: There is no such thing as a "fancy" bearded dragon. Petsmart uses it as a way to label the prettier ones so you pay more money.
Q Is my bearded dragon a German Giant?
A: No. They no longer exist in their pure form. If it was sold to you as one, it was a ploy to make you spend more money.
Q Do silkbacks need special care? I.e. weaker uvb and lotion?
A: No. Their care is exactly the same as a normal dragon. Aloe and other lotions can be used to make shedding easier.
Q My dragon isn't pooping, what do I do?
A: Try a warm bath and gently massaging their belly. If that does work, try feeding some canned pumpkin purÃ©e. Olive oil works too. If none of those work, consider bringing your dragon to the vet.
Q My dragon is making a clicking/wheezing/coughing sound. Why?
A: Sounds like a respiratory infection. Get your dragon to the vet asap.
Q My dragon isn't eating and is loosing weight. Their poop is mushy and smells bad. Why?
A: Parasites are the probably cause. Vet asap.