Your Pet Bearded Dragon Could Live Up To 12 Years Knowing This Vital Information
Your Beaded Dragon will not survive and be healthy without this knowledge.
Bearded dragons consume both animal matter and plant matter they are omnivorous lizards, and in the wild, a bearded dragon can spend hours hunting and foraging to get its fill of enough nutrients to last it for the day. When feeding a bearded dragon that is kept in captivity, it is important that the pet owner is knowledgeable of what its diet consists of.
PR9.NET January 07, 2013 - The Bearded Dragon is a great choice for beginners as this pet is easily tamed. Another thing that makes them a great pet is that Bearded Dragons, even when fully grown are not large lizards.
These lizards do still need to be able to function as they would in the wild while in captivity. As the owner you need to research Bearded Dragon information before you commit to buying your very own so you can come to understand their specific behaviors and needs while in captivity.
The first thing that people ask me when they get a reptile like bearded dragon is why do they need separate heating and lighting?
Well here's the thing: reptiles cannot regulate their body temperature automatically. Mammals can, but reptiles cannot. What does this mean? Simple: when the environment becomes cold, they become cold.
When the environment becomes hot, their metabolism increases alongside their body temperature. In captivity, bearded dragons are unable to bask in the direct heat and light of the sun.
So, bearded dragons have to contend with an environment that doesn't have a natural source of sunlight. To solve this problem, the reptile keeper has to install a separate lighting and heating system.
The heating system will ensure that the whole reptile enclosure will always have a consistent temperature during the day cycle and the night cycle. The lighting system, on the other hand, will be installed to provide ultraviolet radiation or sunburn.
You can skip the ultraviolet radiation lighting if you are able to consistently provide a high dose of vitamin D through the reptile's daily meals. If this is not possible, then you definitely need to install ultraviolet radiation lighting.
Do not depend on just the ultraviolet radiation light to provide warmth; it will not be enough. If possible, install ceramic heating elements to ensure that the whole enclosure, and not just the basking spot, will have sufficient heat.
What to feed Bearded Dragons?
First off, you need to buy the insects that you are going to feed your bearded dragon. Why? Two reasons: first, buying the insects will ensure that you will have a sufficient amount of live prey items for your bearded dragon every day and second, buying bred insects will also mean that there is a low risk of parasitic infections after your lizard has consumed the live prey items.
Along with worms and insects, bearded dragons need to supplied with a plant source. Fruits and vegetables for bearded dragons provide nutritional benefits that are not offered through animal sources. Just as with humans, the key to a proper balanced diet for dragons is by providing variety.
Keep in mind these to a lot more you need to learn on feeding and the type of cage your new pet needs. In my book that is a combination of 17 years of being an owner and research I did called, "The Golden Guide to Bearded Dragon Care". It has all my years of experience and know how inside with resources that will take you years to learn on your own.
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Bearded dragons consume both animal matter and plant matter they are omnivorous lizards, and in the wild, a bearded dragon can spend hours hunting and foraging to get its fill of enough nutrients to last it for the day. In captivity, it is easy to imagine that a bearded dragon will have little or no trouble getting its fill of food, because reptile keepers can just buy what the critter needs.
A general lack of knowledge about the bearded dragon's diet makes it impossible for many beardie keepers to provide the right balance of nutrients. One of the dragon's favorite food choice is insects.
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