Bearded Dragon Care

Bearded Dragon Behaviour
The Behaviour of a bearded dragon can be quite interesting at times, but other times they can be cute or funny. The thing is most of the time we do not know what the behaviour means, and then it can actually scare us and make us worry about them. This is why I have composed a list of their behaviours and what it is that they mean. This can set you at ease, help fix problems or let you know if something might be wrong…Read More 

Bearded Dragon Diet (Food List) 
A question that gets asked a lot when it comes to bearded dragon care, is “what do bearded dragons eat?”. So I decided to write a post which includes important info to help you to care for the little one, it furthermore, includes a list of foods that bearded dragons can and cannot eat, along with details, seeing as the bearded dragon diet can be tricky at times…Read More 

Bearded Dragon Care - Supplements  
Unlike us, bearded dragons do not get a lot of vitamins and minerals from the foods that they eat. There are a few types of food that do give them their supplements, but it is not enough. This is the reason why we need to give them additional supplements to make sure they get what they need in order to stay happy and healthy. There are quite a few supplements that they need and then there are few that work well for sick dragons and so on…Read More

Bearded Dragon Care - Hygiene
Hygiene is a very import factor when it comes to bearded dragons. Keeping them and their habitat clean is key to prevent illnesses and diseases for them and for you. There are a few things you need to do regularly, in order to keep everything clean and sanitary. Bearded dragons need to be bathed on a regular basis to not only prevent parasite and mites, but to keep them clean and bacteria free. A bath every second day which includes a gentle scrub with a soft toothbrush, will do the trick for them…Read More

Bearded Dragon Cage Setup - Different Types of Cages
There are many different types of bearded dragon Cages/Terrariums that you can use for your bearded dragons. This includes ready make ones, glass tanks, melamine cages and wood. We will have a look at the most popular and compare pros and cons to help you decide what will work best. Glass tanks are quite popular and easy to find. They are not as expensive and easy to clean. Most reptile owners prefer it even though it has a few ‘issues’. The top will have to be closed with a special screen cover on which the light dome will rest…Read More 

Bearded Dragon Cage Setup - Lighting and Heating
Bearded Dragons come from the Australian deserts and must have full spectrum lighting up to 14 hours a day. They will need both a UVB light and heat source to keep them healthy.

The UVB light will replicate the sun’s UVB and provides them with the vitamins that they would normally generate from natural sunlight. A heat lamp will replicate the heat that they need to thrive.
Without the proper lights your dragon will get sick! Bearded dragons depend on UVB and heat to stay alive and healthy, without the proper lights serious illness like metabolic bone disease can occur. MBD cannot be cured and it is one of the most horrible sicknesses a beardie can face. UVB will help your dragon to absorb calcium and have a good bone structure, without it, the bones will turn to jelly and bent…Read More

Bearded Dragon Cage Setup - Temperature and Humidity
The temperature and humidity inside your bearded dragon’s cage is one of the most important things, if not the most important. You might think food is, but no. Your dragon will not even look at food if the temperature and humidity is not correct.

There are a few key ways and a few must haves, in order to keep these two components the way it should be. Some of the things needed for this, can be a bit expensive so think wisely before taking a bearded dragon as a pet…Read More

Bearded Dragon Cage Setup - Substrates and Accessories
Your bearded dragon's happiness and health depends on a lot of things, one of them being the accessories and substrate that you use in their cages. Their cages are their habitat and where they will live for who knows how long, so it is important to get it right.

Certain things are must haves where others can be added to spoil the dragon or to make it look nice. There are things that are not must haves, but dragons love them, so I recommend getting something to spoil them with…Read More

Bearded Dragon Health and Wellness

Bearded Dragon Health and Diseases
The health and well being of our bearded dragons are very important to us. The thing that we worry about the most when it comes to their care is whether they are healthy or not and how to know when they are sick. The thing about bearded dragons is they hide their illnesses to look healthy when they are not. So I made a list of diseases and illnesses, their symptoms and other signs that indicate a healthy or ill dragon…Read More 

Yellow Fungus In Bearded Dragons
This is the illness that every bearded dragon owner fears! There is no cure and sadly it will lead to death at some point. Although it is fatal, with the right treatment and special care, your beardie can still live for a long time.

Yellow fungus is an aggressive flesh eating fungal infection found mostly in reptiles also known as CANV. Many times the infection will start from within and work itself to the outer parts of the bearded dragon. It can affect the skin as well as the organs. The sad part, by the time that symptoms are noticed on the skin, there is a good change that the disease has already damaged the inner tissues. NOW, before you completely stress out, remember, there are other skin diseases and infections that could also effect the skin…Read More

Bearded Dragon Impaction
It is a blockage in the digestive track and can be caused by various things like, unsuitable food, sand, bark and so forth. Bearded dragons normally have a “poop” schedule and it is important that your bearded dragon defecate on a regular basis. If you notice that he\she has stopped defecating for a few days it could become a serious issue that can cause fatal issues. Keep in mind that dragons differ from each other and will not always show symptoms. The best way to avoid impaction is to monitor their bathroom behaviour on a constant basis…Read More

Bearded Dragon Respiratory Infection (RI)
Beardies can develop a RI for many reasons like incorrect temperatures, a weakened immune system or virus. However, the most common cause is usually humidity that is too high or temperatures that is too low. A respiratory infection can turn deadly fast if not treated correctly. Antibiotics are needed to cure it successfully. Beardies cannot cough, so it is impossible to loosen congestion without medication.

Until you can get to your vet, give your bearded dragon a warm soak (NOT HOT) every few hours. It will loosen the congestion and makes it easier to breath…Read More

Bearded Dragon - Metabolic Bone Disease
This is one of the most saddest diseases that is so unnecessary because the cause of it, is almost always due to a lack of proper care. When your bearded dragon does not get enough Calcium, Vitamin D3 or Phosphorus they will get Metabolic Bone Disease. It will vary from serious to mild depending how long it was left to progress. MBD cause the bones to weaken, this will lead to bones breaking, bending or become “sponge” like. To prevent MBD, live food should be dusted with calcium powder containing vitamin D3 at least once every 3 days. If your dragon has a mild case of MBD, liquid calcium should be given more often until it is cured. 2 Days of liquid calcium and 2 days of calcium powder with D3 each week…Read More

Bearded Dragon Shedding
Bearded dragons will shed all their lives, especially when growing and developing well. Signs of a shed is always a good indication, it tells you that your beardie is growing and getting rid of old skin. Bath your bearded dragon once a day for at least 15 minutes at a time. This will help to loosen the old skin. In between baths you can also spray them with water.

For tough sheds, I recommend using a moisturising spray to help lift the old skin. It can be applied after a bath by gently rubbing it on the old skin…Read More

Bearded Dragon Brumation
Brumation is almost like hibernation, but the bearded dragon’s body does not completely shut down. He/she may sleep for weeks or even months at a time. Brumation usually occurs in the fall or winter months when the temperature drops and light changes. Brumation can many times be confused with an illness and precaution should always be taken. However, if it is close to the winter months or there is a sudden drop in temperature, it is most likely not brumation.

Brumation should be ruled out if other symptoms like droopy eyes, a black beard, paleness and so forth occur…Read More

Bearded Dragon - Fatty Liver Disease
Fatty liver disease is a common disease in bearded dragons that do not receive the correct diet or are over fed. Most of the time, an obese dragon will have fatty liver disease. It is a preventable, treatable and curable disease, but it is best to avoid it completely because it can do permanent or serious damage.

Fatty liver disease is when an overweight dragon starts to lose his/her appetite. When they eat less or not at all, the body will respond by sending fat to the liver to use for energy. It does not sound like a big deal, but in fact, the liver cannot metabolise the increase of fat flow so instead it gets stored. These fat cells that keeps getting stored in the liver is what we call fatty liver disease…Read More

My Bearded Dragon is Too skinny, Dehydrated and did not Eat Much Lately, What should I Do?
If a bearded dragon has not eaten in some time or it is suspected that the dragon was not fed much previously, solid food and protein should not be given!

Force feeding solid food and insects are stressful, even for a healthy beardie, doing it so a sick one, will stress it out too much and might cause more harm than good.

When bearded dragons did not eat for a long time or they are severely malnourished, the kidney and liver function will slow down or in some instance even stop working. A sudden introduction of protein can cause liver and kidney failure since they did not work properly for some time. By feeding special food, the kidneys and liver will slowly start working again without any strain…Read More

How to Care for a Sick Bearded Dragon
The thing we fear most is when our beloved dragon gets sick, and sometimes we do not even know what to do to help them get better. Sometimes basic care can make a world of difference. This post will tell you everything you need to know to care for a sick dragon. Please note that this does not include the extras that come with diseases like MBD or RI. The diseases posts will have the info needed for those sicknesses. This post is for basic sick dragons, like flu or just not feeling well for no specific reason…Read More