Bearded Dragons or Beardie’s, although quite common throughout most of Australia, are one of our most unique and interesting animals.
Their ability to display their "beard", change colour, arm wave and head-bob along with their prickly and fearsome appearance makes them fascinating to both young and old alike. The inland variety (pogona vitticeps) can eventually attain lengths of up to 70cm, with a body weight of over 500gm and have become the common breed for pets.
The coastal variety (pogona barbatus) are a little smaller and not as common.
Surprisingly, they are shy gentle creatures that are generally quite easy to handle in captivity. They do, however, have certain requirements that are essential to their health and well-being.
Beardie's can be kept in an aquarium, vivarium or pit. If an aquarium is to be used, it needs to be large enough for your your dragon to freely run around when an adult.
Beardie's eat live crickets, mealworms and other insects. They also need a varied diet of greens and vegetables, they will even eat flowers!
Bearded dragons are very hardy, fascinating to watch and make excellent pets.
If you are about to get a bearded dragon, you need to make sure you have the basic requirements, before you even bring them home! Here is a list of the basic requirements for any bearded dragons.
- Vivarium, enclosure or outdoor pit
- Heat lamp
- Reptile based light/fluro
- Substrate (reptile litter, safe sand etc)
- Ceramic Food Dish
- Large Water Bowl
- Outdoor Pit
- Indoor Reptile Cage
- Aquarium backgrounds
- Plastic vines and plants
- Drift wood
Suitable For People Aged: 10 & over
Experience Required: None. Care sheet & info
Feeding Care Time Required: 10 minutes a day
Maintenance Time Required: 1 Hour a Week
Minimum Space Required: Vivarium
Cost of Upkeep: (approx) $10 Per Week
Life Span: (approx) up to 10 years
Availability: All Year
To read our care sheet, simply click the link above to open it in your browser. However, if you want to download it to your computer for future reference, simply 'right click' on the document and select "Save Target As...". Then simply choose a location (like your desktop) to save. You will need Acrobat to read and print these documents.