Have Reptile Care Questions? Ask a Reptile Vet for Answers ASAP
My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a Vet tech with special interest in Reptiles and reptile Rescue. I need to ask some questions.
Are you housing all the Dragons together?
What size tank do you have?
How old are the dragons?
Bedding or substrate?
Lighting? Do you have a UVB light? Strength, brand, florescent tube or compact coil?
Do you have a basking lamp?
Tempertures in the basking area, warm side and cool side and how measured?
Yes for the momment can I house them when they get older I bought the reptihabitat starter kit so I'd say 20 gal and I got them from petsmart like 2 weeks ago and I had papper towls but my friend suggested the repti carpet I feed them 3 to five baby crickets everyday and I put some veggies but they dont touch that just every now and then but supplements I dont know all I do is dust them with calciumi have all the lighting right and the basking side is about 90 to 105 and the other side is about i really dont know but i will get a themometere this week and they still little. Hey hope i gave you enough info.
I need specifics on the lighting, because the pet shops havebeen selling the wrong lighting as well as giving poor information about husbandry. Please give me the specifics on the lighting so i can assist you. Joan
OK i got the box and it says dual fixtures allows for one basking spot lamp and or 100W power sun UV lamp and one night light heat lamp, the thing that holds the light bulbs is a mini combo deep dome lamp fixture and the UVB i got just a rectangle black box that goes on top of my tank i put that in the middle i hope that's where it goes. and i use a blacklight for night time cause the air turns on and off which makes my room really cold but with the nightlight with a blacklight bulb that i got today will hopefully give them better sleep other than the nocturnal red light which was to bright for me and the beardies to sleep. any more info and i'll be happy to give you it.
As I suspected they did not sell you a UVB light. They sold you a Basking light and a black night light. http://www.anapsid.org/uvtable.html
You need just two bulbs The basking bulb is exactly what it is for heat and basking and the other bulb you should have is a Reptisun 10.0 florescent UVB tube to supply UVB rays and to help metabolize the calcium put on the prey. You should be feeding 80% live prey and 20% veggies like finely chopped collard greens, mustard greens and curly endives. The tank should only house one Dragon. You should never have more than one dragon per tank. Leaving more than one dragon in the tank leads to bullying, which I suspect is what is happening. It also can lead to tail nips, toe nips and loss of limbs. They should have warned you that tank was way too small. The only time we bring two Dragons together is to breed and that is for a short period of time and the female is brought to the male's tank and removed after breeding. Right now the Dragons needs to be separated asap. I personally would return two of the Dragons unless you plan on getting more tanks. As the Dragons grow, they will each need a 40 gallon breeder tank. I am going to give you my care sheet and you can see the information I give to new owners. After you read it, please reply if you have further questions and I will be happy to continue with you. Joan
Bearded Dragon Care Sheet
1. 0-3 months- baby 2. 3-12 months-juvenile 3. 12-18 months- sub adult 4. 18 months + -adult
1. A UVB light source-best is 10.0 Reptisun that runs the length of your tank. Your dragon must have this light to metabolize calcium. If not he will get metabolic bone disease, a serious condition. You can also take your beardie outside to bask in the sun for 15 minutes each day if your temps are 80 degrees or above outside. You can purchase cages or reptariums from your pet store. Never leave a beardie outside unattended. 2. A basking type light that puts out heat and warmth above basking spot. Your beardie must have warmth to digest food & thrive.
Babies: Warm basking log: 105-125 degrees F Cool side: 85-90 Adults: Warm basking spot: 110-115 Cool side: 80-85 Measure temperatures with a digital probe type thermometer or a temp gun-these are most accurate. Stick on thermometers unreliable.
*Beardies over the age of one year old during the winter months will go into a Brumation like most Reptiles and Herps. It is a form of Hibernation that is governed by the weather and time of year. The lights should be on a shorter period at this time. Fresh greens should be available during this period. Do not feed live prey during Brumation.
Water: Mist your little one with the spray bottle 3-4 times a day. You can also offer a small dish of water in your enclosure but be sure your dragon is not too small to drown in it. It is recommended that when your beardie is 2 months old you can bathe your baby in a small plastic container with warm water- not hot. It will help them to stay hydrated. As they get older you can move up to the bathroom sink and then to the bathtub. Very important for bath enclosure to be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed prior to bath time. Clean between dragons too if bathing more than one.
If you have any further questions feel free to ask. I like to start people off with proper husbandry and then see if I can further assist.
fruits and Vegetables
Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
Thank you and I have the uvb but its a small little 5 box and they all seem to get a long the all three get on top of each other and they like licking each other for some reason and the nipping is that when they just lick each other
When you are not looking you will find that these Dragons will have tail, nips, toes lost and sometimes even worse. It is your choice, but I have raised and rescued Dragons for over 20 years and I can tell you eventually you will have injuries if you leave them together. The one Dragon that is not eating is showing stress issues and it is coming from being bullied by the other Dragons. All dragons taste their surroundings by using their tongues. I can offer suggestions, but If they were mine, I would be separating them. You can try giving the one that is not eating a soak in a 50/50 shallow warm water and Pedialyte soak, to help with hydration. It is important to start them young with soaks, so later on they will be getting them on a regular basis. It helps them with hydration and is very good for them especially with a shed. Joan