letyourredheartshow asked:

So I might be getting a bearded dragon soon, do you have any tips for a newbie owner?

I sure do! 

  1. If you’re EVER unsure of something, ask around before investing time, energy, and money. Beardeddragonforum.com is pretty good, but I started out on beardeddragon.org. The (informed) hive mind will give you many helpful ideas and other resources. Always double-check info, too.
  2. Regarding housing: the basic setup is a properly sized enclosure, safe substrate (meaning NO sand/woodchips/bark/mulch) such as reptile carpet, some climbable furniture that can also be used as a hiding place, a UVB bulb, and a heat bulb. I’m sure I’ve gone into more detail in the Q&A tag somewhere, but if not, message me again and I’ll ramble a bit more. Having a timer for the lights is really useful, too, and is relatively inexpensive.
  3. Regarding food: dietary needs will change depending on the age of the beardie you choose as your companion for the next 7-10 years, but basically: gut-load prey if possible, keep fatty foods to a minimum once they’ve stopped growing in length, offer a variety of vegetation, keep feeding time consistent if possible, and clear away uneaten food. There are a few links to some good fruit and vegetable charts in the Links&Guides section.
  4. Regarding handling: be calm, be gentle, and don’t abuse your new companion’s trust. I’ve had my girl for almost 5 years now, and she’ll happily fall asleep under my sweater while I wander around. But in the beginning she was very skittish. When you first bring them home, give them about a week to adjust to their new environment before trying to make skin contact. Then, when they look calm and responsive, scoop them up from the front and hold them gently, supporting their tail. Do this for short periods at first, building up the time as they become more comfortable. Some supervised free-roaming can be fun, too!
  5. Taking the time to make contact with a vet that specializes in exotics is worth the time and money. Even if you never end up going in for check-ups (though I would recommend one at least once a year, if not 6 months), having that contact will mean a world of difference if/when disaster strikes. From swallowed gravel (it’s happened) to pinworm infections (also happened) or reproductive health, having a vet with whom you can discuss these issues will reduce stress on your part and increase chances of recovery for your pet. Vets are also often a good source for dietary or enclosure information.
  6. Enjoy yourself! Invest in some tiny hats. Document their growth. And keep learning! I still learn new techniques and info every day.

There’s an anon ask that’s been sitting in the inbox for nearly a month now asking how you potty train a lizard. I’m gonna get to that soon— I went home for break recently and was able to get a picture of the setup. It’s not complicated, I promise. :)

ifearaworldwithoutthesun replied to your post: anonymous¬†asked:Yep. He’s calmed …

yes keep him supervised lol. i was cleaning my beardies tank the other day and put him in a relatively large Tupperware container and turned my back for all of 30 sec and i turn around and hes gone. luckly i had my fiancee and 2 friends there to help

Yeah! I’ve had that happen to me too. I bathe Isadora in a kitty litter pan that sits inside the actual bathtub while she’s splashing. Keeps her from climbing out and going to town on the local dust bunnies. :D

I’ve had some scary situations, too, though. My mother takes care of Dora for me while I’m away at school, and on one occasion she left Dora in the bath for nearly 2 hours because she walked away and got distracted. You can imagine how furious I was. Luckily Dora appeared to be chilled but otherwise okay. Drowning is a real concern.

Anonymous asked:

Yep. He's calmed down loads. He's back to his usual self. In answer to your question he's not even a year old yet he'll be a year old in September. I did offer him some tasty new foods he's not had before to get his appetite back.

Good! I’m sorry I didn’t get to you sooner. I’m the only admin and I’m about to graduate so things are a bit hectic for me.¬†

If he’s just a few months old, you can expect a lot of energy out of him in them months to come. A nice playtime activity for him (especially if he’s doing those full-body sheds juveniles do) would be to fill a bathtub with maybe half an inch of warm water (or just up to his chest) and let him splash around. It’ll get some of the energy out and assist in an easy shed. :) Just keep him supervised like you would an infant.

Good luck!

Anonymous asked:

My beardie keep scratching up the side if the glass and won't eat his food. Why? :/

Could be scratching up the side because his claws are really sharp? Because they are really sharp.

First, how old is your beardie? How much exercise do they generally get— do they get much time to roam outside of their enclosure? They might just have excess energy and the best way to get rid of it they can think of is to dance on the glass. It’s not likely that they’re trying to get your attention, though I’m sure they’d be happy for it. c: My girl goes through periods of extreme laziness/lethargy and overexcited dancing, too, and she’s 4 and a half. I’d suggest giving him some supervised exploration time and/or rearranged furniture in his enclosure. Stimulating furniture that allows them to climb and hide at their leisure is good.

Second, have you ever taken them to a vet? Many vets offer clipping services. If you want to handle your beardie often, I’d advise this. Just like with cats and dogs, good nail care goes a long way towards maintaining physical relationships between owners and reptiles. I wouldn’t say trimming is strictly necessary, but it’s a nice touch. I would NOT recommend trimming them yourself. It’s more struggle than it’s worth, trust me, and you’re more likely to cut the quick of their nail as well.

A vet could also offer you more professional advice than I can regarding diet.

However, on the topic of diet: I have a couple links in the Resources section regarding vegetables. Some variation or treats may entice him to eat again. Sometimes they just don’t want to eat. I’d say the lack of appetite might be brumation, but the energy would suggest otherwise. If you’ve noticed any tummy bulging or weight loss/change in stool I would take them to a vet and get checked for pinworms. It’s a very common parasite and easy to treat.

I hope all this helped! I know this was sent a while ago and I hope he’s calmed down a bit. c: