Before keeping it, know the needs of your pet

If you are one of those people who like to keep unique pets, you can try keeping a reptile this time. These are easy to handle peaceful creatures which have very distinctive looks. They don’t require much care and attention like other pets. A bearded dragon can be a very uncommon choice to be kept as a pet. But you should be aware of the fact that these reptiles require some special care. Their eating and living habits are quite different from other warm blooded animals. For a pet lizard owner, it is very important to familiarize with these habits of a bearded dragon.

Habitat features:

Being reptiles, these bearded lizards like to stay in places with more moisture content. So in comparison to an aquarium, a terrarium is a more suitable choice as their habitat. A terrarium is almost like an aquarium but it is designed in such a way that it provides both kinds of atmosphere to the pet that is water and land. A ten gallon terrarium is enough to accommodate two dragons. Though these creatures appear to be slow moving or infrequently changing their position, they have their requirements of an open space to live and roam around. These reptiles like to reside at places which have high levels of humidity. Thus, the terrarium should be such that it has a small opening to provide you enough space to put food into it and maintain the correct levels of humidity every time. Low moisture content can make your dear pet sick.

Eating habits:

As we all know, diet plays an important role in maintaining the overall health of an animal. The eating habits of these creatures are not very different from the other omnivores. They can be given both herbs and non vegetarian food but their diet is required to contain more herbs. Crickets are the favorite food items of these dragons. Their diet should also contain vegetables like squash, carrots and green leafy vegetables. Different dragons have different eating habits so being the owner; you have to observe the pet for what it likes to eat and what the effect of the food you are giving is. Worms like earth worms, wax worms, king worms, cockroaches and meal worms can also be included in the diet of these dragons. These lizards must be provided three meals a day. Overfeeding is not at all good for their health. If you keep on feeding them, they will keep on consuming it. Overconsumption will make them inactive and sluggish. Especially when you have guests at your home, be aware that your pet is not overfed by your guests. Calcium is a necessary ingredient of a lizard’s diet. You can include more calcium rich food into your pet’s diet or get calcium powder from the pet shop that can be sprinkled on the food.

Proper lighting and maintenance of temperature of the habitat is also important. A UV bulb can be placed inside the pet home to aid the calcium metabolism of the lizard. The temperature should be kept somewhere between 80 to 100 degree Fahrenheit.


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