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Bearded Dragon Factoids

Original Origin

Australia and Disney movies

Maximum Size

Males up to 20, females slightly smaller

Sexual Differences

Males have black beard and femoral pores

Day Temperature

76o to 86o gradient, 90o to 100o for basking

Night Temperature

75o

Winter Temperature

10 o cooler during winter (for breeding)

Climber

Needs branches and/or rocks

Attitude

Alert, inquisitive, territorial as they mature

Substrate

No shavings, corn cobs, or kitty litter

Security

Needs a hide box or cave in their cooler area

Humidity

Not a problem

Foods

Insects, Pinkies, Greens, Fruit

Supplements

Calcium and Vitamins

Lighting

Full-spectrum or limited sunlight

Breeding Age

One to two years

Breeding Comments

Clutches approach 30

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Three breeder-size bearded dragons at 16 inches.

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Very close to newborn bearded dragon -- about two inches.

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Just little bearded dragons about two months old -- three inches including tail

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Different bearded dragon color morphs look very similar at these smaller sizes.

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Almost pink bearded dragon.

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Regular 4-inch bearded dragons.

Origins:  Bearded dragons originally came from Australia (which has cut off all animal exports).  The Europeans bred them and supplied the U.S.  All the dragons you find these days are bred in the U.S. (including Des Moines).  Several different color morphs exist.

Natural Environment:  In Australia, bearded dragons live in semi-desert and open woodland areas.  They are great climbers and love to bask on rocks in the mornings and evenings.  They spend the hottest part of the day in their burrows.

LA
Male bearded dragons get darker than the females.

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Males get much darker under their chins.

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Sexing is pretty obvious when males are "in the mood."


LA
He picked this up from the Godfather movie.  She is not impressed.

Temperament:  In the wild, bearded dragons flare their “beards” and open their mouths to scare off predators and competitors.  Their flared beards make them look bigger and more threatening.  Tame dragons show this behavior less often.  They like people.  Dragons also get along with other lizards (that are too big to eat).  However, the adults need a lot of room if you house them together.  Overcrowding will cause stress, aggression, and can result in death.

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Mature male bearded dragons turn black under their throats when ready to breed.

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Theoretically a young hypomelanistic, a yellow, and a sand fire bearded dragon on moss-covered wood.  They all look a lot alike at this young age.

Colors:  Bearded dragons come in several different colors these days.  The rarer colors cost more.  They pretty much all look alike when young.

LA
Bearded dragons seem to like people.

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Or at least they don't fear people.

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As soon as they learned Beardies were movie stars, they wanted to hold them.

Size:  Adult bearded dragons attain 20 inches in length, but most specimens we’ve seen are smaller.  The most popular and most sellable sizes are nearly always babies.  Babies cost less and are easier to house together.   Adults tend to fight in confinement.  Really tiny babies are hard to keep.  
 

Malik Blasingame, GA, April 18, 2009
Hi, I have a concern. You put "Males up to 20" on your first bearded dragon care sheet. I had a male and he got up to 24 inches. And I just wanted to notifiy you. Maybe the average size of a bearded dragon is 20? And also do you think you could make a frilled dragon page? It would be nice if you did. Thanks!

LA

A:  I'll add your info to my beardie page.  I'll eventually get around to writing a frilled dragon page.  I've got about 30 photos of them, maybe more.  Some projects just take longer than others.  LA

LA
Plenty of canned foods to choose from as well as pelleted foods.

LA
Bearded dragons like fruits ...

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Sometimes you need to cut them to size.

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Different batch trying some snack-pak peaches.

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...and salads -- hold the dressing.

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Larger bearded dragons like grated carrots.

Foods:  Bearded dragons love crickets.  However, bearded dragons also eat plant material – greens and fruits.  Slice and dice it at first.  In later meals you need not chew it for them.  They will eat nearly any insect – even ants.  Do not house them with smaller lizards.  We had one that ate geckos only two inches smaller than him.  Feed (gut load) your crickets and mealworms before feeding them to your dragons.
 

Alex Gueco, The Valley, TX, June 24, 2010
Hey Larry, I've looked over your Bearded Dragon page several times already (awesome by the way) but you don't seem to say anything about pellet foods for them  so I'm not sure whether or not you guys feed them this over there at Aqualand, but I've recently tried incorporating it into my juvenile lizard's diet but he doesn't seem to even notice them. He's eaten just a few sticks only when I hand feed it to him.........so on to my question: Do these commercial diets even work for them and how do I get him to eat them?? Thanks in advance!!!
 
A:  The commercial pellets are great.  Mix them with some applesauce and your juvie will greedily eat them.  I'll add your question to my page.  LA
 
j_murray25, April 26, 2010
I think you should make corrections to your bearded dragon info about feeding them insects, something as simple as a lightning bug could harm a bearded dragon very severly. Maybe you can consult an insect expert on an acceptable diet of insects for the dragons. I would hate to see someone harm a dragon due to lack of resaerch. Hope you consider the thought. Thank you for your time and great resources.

A:  Okay.  Lightning bug ingestion could prove fatal to lizards -- especially bearded dragons.  LA

LA
Several companies make bearded dragon foods.  Feed a variety.

Supplements:  Because the bones of the babies grow so much, bearded dragons also need calcium supplements dusted on their insects.  If you give them a pinkie (baby rodent) a week, you will meet many of their mineral and vitamin needs.

LA
Early morning yoga exercises.

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Medium male bearded dragon doing biting exercises.

 

Lighting:  Like most reptiles, bearded dragons need full-spectrum, fluorescent lighting or daily sessions in real sunlight.  The closer they can climb to your bulbs, the better your bulbs work.

Heat:  An under-cage heater plus a basking heat source make a good combination.  Heat rocks also provide a good basking site.  Many lizard keepers advise against heat rocks.  Lizards have poor toilet manners.  Clean your heat rock often.  Use well-spaced thermometers to make sure you provide a range of temperatures for them to choose from.

Water:  Bearded dragons drink little water compared to some lizards.  Still, they need a low, easy-to-get-into water dish.  Bearded dragons also enjoy occasional mistings – the small Dragons especially.  Change their water often.  Like we said, lizards have poor toilet manners

Handling: Scoop them up from below rather than grabbing them from above.  Handle them carefully, and they quickly learn to sit calmly on your hand. 

LA
He'll keep an eye on you.

Inquisitive:  Bearded dragons like to explore their surroundings.  Give them branches and rocks to climb on and caves to explore.  If you provide them a box of sand, they will probably burrow into it for fun.  They like variety.  Very few lizards interact with humans as well as the bearded dragon.

LA
Female just getting started at bottom of eight-inch pit.  She drew a nice crowd.

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She'll crank out quite a few.  You can see the eggs lumps in her belly before she gets started.

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Two weeks later we exhume them to incubate them in damp sand.

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We put the container in a larger container with water in it to maintain a high humidity. 03-22-04

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Then we put a new female in the sand pit.


Breeding:  One male and several females makes a good combo.  Females dig a good size hole to deposit their eggs in.  Breeders usually pull their eggs and incubate them.  We put them in a small plastic container inside another with water in the bottom.  We put a tight cover on it and store it on an out-of-the-way 13-foot high shelf where it always stays warm.  We’ll take a look at the results in 60 to 80 days.

LA
As this little male shows, some bearded dragons need a little coaxing to get along.

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You can't teach an old dragon new tricks.

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Even the little guys try to act like dragons.

LA
They don't really eat ears do they?

In Summary:  Bearded dragons make fun lizards to keep.  You know the drill -- wash your hands after handling reptiles, no matter how friendly.  LA.

LA
Iowa-bred baby bearded dragon.

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Some more from the same litter.  July 12, 2010

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One night's production by a half-grown bearded dragon.  No male was present.

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