Bearded Dragon FAQ
By: Alexis Jefferson


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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?

A: 100-110F


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 purée. 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.