I have 2 bearded dragons a male and a female the male somewhat aggressive and i only have room for one 40 gallon tank.

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Customer: I have 2 bearded dragons a male and a female the male somewhat aggresive and i only have room for one 40 gallon tank. both dragons are almost full grown
Answered by Jav917 in 19 mins 10 years ago
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Putting a male and female Dragon together can cause some issues. Dragons are solitary animals and the only time we bring two Dragons together is for breeding. At that time we bring the female to male, allow them to breed and then separate them.



By keeping the Dragons together you will see aggression and breeding behavior which can be very nasty and can cause some injuries.



The best solution would be to keep the two separated and out of sight of each other. If the male can see the female he will continue to be aggressive since this is breeding season.



You could try a divider in the tank to keep them separate, but I am afraid that you may be fighting a loosing cause because this is breeding season and if the male is 9 months or older, he is ready to breed.




so there is no way to keep them together i think there both yoounger then 6 months and how can petstores keep them together?


Pet shops give poor information on Reptiles and sell a lot of products that are dangerous. Many Dragons we see coming out of the Pet shops have toes missing, tail nips, and other injuries as well as parasites. I am going to give you my care sheet and have you read it. It will give you a lot of information about Dragons, Diet and husbandry.


Bearded Dragon Care Sheet

  • Bearded dragons should be housed alone.

  • Ages of bearded dragons follow these guidelines:

1. 0-3 months- baby
2. 3-12 months-juvenile
3. 12-18 months- sub

4. 18 months + -adult

  • Bearded dragons live as much as 10-12 years if well cared for properly.

  • Bearded dragons have a very good temperament as long as they are cared for

    and handled.

  • When you bring your baby home, it may be quite stressful to him/her to get

    use to new home. May not eat well the first 2-3 days. They may not need to
    handled the first 2-3 days if skittish and nervous.

  • Never use sand or any other type of loose substrate: Loose substrates can

    cause impaction (not being able to go Poop) in all ages of bearded dragons-
    lick their environment to explore .It is difficult to keep germ free
    and clean.
    Ceramic tile, newspaper, non adhesive shelf liner and reptile
    carpet is what is
    most recommended. Use paper towels for the little one and
    as they get bigger you
    can change to something else.

  • Be sure you keep your beardies home as clean as you can. Clean up by spot

    cleaning when needed. Clean & sanitize entire tank every 10-14 days. A
    cleaning solution is a 20% bleach solution. If you choose to use wood
    branches etc, these should be soaked in the bleach solution and
    rinsed well.
    Then bake in 250 degree oven for 30 minutes.

  • Need a climbing accessory: to bask and to warm up under basking heat light

    and lower branches or platforms to come down and cool off.

  • A hide of some sort like a cave.

  • A food dish and water dish.

  • Plastic spray bottle

  • Can use artificial plants when they get older- 3 months or so.

  • Digital thermostat and/or temp gun

  • Tank size: Minimal size tank for this age is 20 gallon long

  • Minimal size for older beardie: 4 months of age: 40 gallon breeder is the

    minimal tank size for older dragon. Can divide a 40 gallon breeder for a
    dragon. Must have two lights for your beardie.

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
metabolic bone disease, a serious condition. You can also take your
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.

  • Lights should be on for 12-14 hours each day. Follow the seasons and light

    timers are a great luxury if you can get them. 6 dollars at Lowe's. No
    lights or
    warmth needed at night unless your temperatures get below 62
    degrees. If they
    do, there are ceramic heat emitters that put out no light,
    only heat. Use these
    at night if temperatures fall below 62 degrees.

  • Temperatures have to be kept at the following ranges during the day:

Babies: Warm basking log: 105-125 degrees F
Cool side: 85-90

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.

  • Feeding a Beardie: Beardies eat live prey consisting of crickets, roaches

    and/or silkworms. Never feed any size of mice to your beardie. Never feed
    worms. They also must be given greens/veggies everyday. The younger
    they are the
    more live prey they should have. As they grow older the live
    prey decreases and
    the veggies/greens should be the major part of diet.
    Never feed anything bigger,
    than the space between your beardie's eyes. This
    includes both live prey and
    pieces of veggies/greens,

  • A chopper or food processor is a huge help when your beardie is small.

    Always offer greens and veggies: collard greens, turnip greens, mustard
    cabbage, red cabbage, fresh green beans, yellow summer squash,
    butternut squash,
    sweet potato, cactus pad. Apricots, strawberries, apples,
    raspberries, cantaloupe- fruits are treats only.

  • What is live prey? The easiest and less expensive live prey is crickets when

    you have a young or first beardie. The other live preys you can feed are

    silkworms, and special types of roaches. You can learn to raise your own
    prey. Treats can be wax worms, super worms, and tomato/Goliath worms.
    You may
    find that ordering live prey from the internet is the way to go.....
    Never leave
    live prey or greens/veggies in tank overnight. . Crickets can
    bite your beardie
    when sleeping.

  • Babies should get 80% live prey, and 20 % greens/veggies. But since the

    greens/veggies are a must when they are older, get them eating their

    greens/veggies very early. Give greens/veggies in small pieces everyday. You

    should eventually start decreasing your older dragon's protein intake when
    are about a year to 15 months old. Their protein intake decreases to 20
    % live
    prey and 80% veggies/greens.

  • A baby eat 50-75 crix a day depending on the size of the crickets. Never

    feed crix or veggies bigger than the space between your beardie's eyes. Use
    guide when buying crix or chopping your greens/veggies.

  • You must provide calcium dust without D3 and multivitamin dust for your

    beardie. You should dust the live prey with calcium one time a day, and
    3 times a week. Just collect your live prey into baggie and add
    enough calcium
    and vitamin to dust them. Then pour a few at a time into your
    tank. Some people
    feed their beardie in a separate tank so that no crickets
    can hide. Or some take
    out "furniture" from tank and feed this way. As they
    get older, 4-5 months or so
    dust live prey with calcium 3 times a week.

  • Feed the veggies/ greens 1st thing in morning after lights on for one hour

    at least. Then after 2-3 hours offer crix. Then freshen green/veggies. Then
    more crix. Make sure after last crix feeding there is at least 1-2
    hours of
    lights so that they can digest their food before night time.

*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
Hibernation that is governed by the weather and time of year. The lights
be on a shorter period at this time. Fresh greens should be available
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
not too small to drown in it. It is recommended that when your beardie is
months old you can bathe your baby in a small plastic container with warm
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.

This is for fruits and Vegetables

Nutrition chart: http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutritionframeset.html


Sand as a substrate: http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3



Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm



sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html

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What would you like to know, I will be happy to continue with you. I had answered a question in detail for you before. This is the second question I am trying to assist you with.


What would you like to know, so I can get the rating changed to a positive and give you a satisfactory answer. Joan

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