One of the most enjoyable reptiles that you can own as a pet is a baby bearded dragon. When you are lucky enough to get one of these reptiles as a baby you will be able to bond with your new pet as it grows. They are very easy for beginners to take care of, as they are hardy and tame. One of the perks of owning a bearded dragon is the enjoyment that they bring to the owner’s life. They are fun to watch as they chase crickets before meals and as they interact with other bearded dragons.
Baby bearded dragon
Bearded dragons are about four inches long when they first hatch but can grow to nearly two feet as adults. In captivity they tend to live between six and ten years, although some people have reported their pets living up twice that long. They will sometimes raise the “beard” that gives them their name when they are in a state of alarm, although seeing a captive bearded dragon do this is very rare.
These reptiles are incredibly laid back and calm by nature, which is what makes them so popular as pets. They rarely attack, even when they feel threatened, preferring instead to freeze and puff their throats to appear larger. Some bearded dragons will even change colors when they are afraid. Baby bearded dragons as well as their grown counterparts don’t require the same care that a dog or cat would. They do not need to go on walks to get exercise, but they do like being held and stroked throughout the day. The sooner that you start displaying this sort of affection with your pet when they are born, the more they will like it as they grow up. It’s not uncommon for them to fidget and try to get down when they are first held, but as time goes on they will get used to the attention.
As a whole, bearded dragons are a pretty hardy pet, even the baby bearded dragons. They do cause some concern to owners when they go through normal health cycles, but these are really nothing to be concerned about. Bearded dragons will actually go through a hibernation stage in the winter or fall that is known as brumation. Owners will sometimes try to prevent this normal activity by changing the lighting and temperature in the cage, but that’s unhealthy for the pet. Some pets will sleep for the majority of brumation and have a limited appetite, while others may want to keep eating and will wake frequently. Do what works best for your baby bearded dragon to keep them healthy. In addition, as reptiles, bearded dragons will shed their skin. Babies and juveniles will do this quite often as they grow, while adults will only shed about once or twice a year. Never try to help your baby bearded dragon by pulling off the skin. The skin will fall off easily and of its own accord when it is ready and you can harm your pet by pulling the skin off before it is ready.
Abnormal behavior for your bearded dragon include diarrhea, which can be caused by stress or bad food, dehydration, and droopy eyes. If your pet seems to have no energy and has lost its appetite then you will want to make sure that you have provided clean water for them. Getting them to drink Pedialyte or Powerade can help them perk up right away. If your baby bearded dragon is acting strange or you have any worries about their health, make sure to get them to a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles right away. And when you decide to buy one do not forget to ask the Bearded dragon breeders about its health.
Care and Feeding:
Although a lot of owners may want to feed their baby bearded dragon insects that they have caught around the house and outside, you should resist this impulse. Always feed your bearded dragon insects that you have bought from a reputable source so you can make sure they don’t contain any parasites or pesticides that could make your pet sick. Buy a “critter keeper” to keep your pet’s food contained in their cage. Always make sure that the insects you feed your bearded dragon are as healthy as possible. Owners call this “gut loading” and it involves giving the insects a nutritious meal before feeding them to the reptile. Avoid feeding your pet lettuce, spinach, avocados, wild insects, and insects that glow as they can all make your baby bearded dragon sick.
Getting your bearded dragon as a baby is the best way to make sure that your pet bonds with you and is willing to be handled by you. As a whole, bearded dragons are friendly and calm pets, but once they have gotten older they may not be as willing to be held and handled as they were if they were trained to allow it from a young age. That being said, with enough patience and time even the oldest bearded dragon can be trained to enjoy some sort of physical affection. As with any pet, getting the desired results takes a lot of time and will require a lot of patience on the part of the owner.
As mentioned, with a little effort and handling, your baby bearded dragon will grow to be comfortable with being handled and may even appreciate the affection. Some owners may think that certain actions of the bearded dragon are signs of affection, but they usually have other meanings. For example, arm waving can be a sign of submission to a larger bearded dragon or a way to acknowledge the presence of another reptile. Head bobbing is a sign of dominance, and the faster your bearded dragon bobs its head, the greater the territorial threat.
Baby bearded dragons are a wonderful pet, no matter how old you are. They are fun to watch, easy to take care of, and will allow owners to handle them without causing much fuss. Generally healthy reptiles, they can make a great addition to your family as long as you are willing to take care of them.