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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interst in Reptiles and Reptile Rescue.
Two Dragons should NEVER be housed together. Pet shops sell animals and do not give the correct advice or husbandry. The should each have a 40 gallon breeder tank with a linear 10.0 UVB light and a Basking light. They need to be housed on a solid substrate like care carpet, tile or paper. Loose substrates are deadly.
The diet over a year old should be 80% leafy greens and other veggies and 20% live prey to include crickets, silk worms, phoenix worms and roaches. No meal worms. The reason for this is meal worms can cause internal blockage due to the chitin which is the hard outer shell. Meal worms contaln very little nutrition. The veggies and prey should be dusted 5 days a week with a plain calcium and 2 days a week with a vitamin supplement. Male and femal Dragons will breed early on and should be at least two years old for breeding and the female brought to the male. She should be at least 350 grams for breeding. I hope that you will make these correction before a toe, foot or tail is lost. I am sorry you were given poor information and I know you should be able to rely on them as a good source, but Pet shops are about making money and not information.
Good, I am so glad she will have a divider. We never suggest more than one per tank, and a male will breed a female so have her watch the male does not break down the divider. To treat the injury have he use some diluted Betadine and water solution on the foot followed by the Neosporin. Watch for the toes and limb getting dark which can indicate that the Dragon may loose a toe or foot. I am supplying the most up to date information for you. My concern is the health and well being of the animals.
Unfortunately as they get older they get territorial and breeding is always an issue. The average age for a Dragon is 9-12 years in captivity. I lost two of my rescue at 12 and 13 years. I do a lot of rescues with Dragons, due to Pet shops not giving all the proper info. People realize they are more care than they were aware of. Just warn your daughter that be aware in spring the male will become more aggressive because of breeding season and may try to get to the female. I hope this information is helpful, and you will rate my service 5 stars.
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