~Frequently Asked Questions~
Q: What size tank should I have?
A: For a baby a minimum of a 20 gallon long – 30 inches long by 12 inches deep by 12 inches tall. For an adult a minimum of a 40 gallon breeder – 36 inches long by 18 inches deep by 18 inches tall.
Q: What kind of basking light do I need?
A: Whichever kind achieves the temperatures needed for basking. You can use anything from a reptile basking bulb, a clear incandescent light bulb, or a halogen flood light.
Q: What should the basking temperature be?
Q: Does my dragon need night light/heat?
A: No, unless your house gets below 60°F then they need NOTHING at night. If you house does get below 60°F we recommend a ceramic heat emitter.
Q: Can my dragon have a heat rock?
A: No, heat rocks can cause burns.
Q: How do I make sure my temperatures are correct?
A: We prefer temp guns but a digital thermometer with a probe will work as well. Do NOT rely on the stick on kind they are extremely unreliable.
Q: What UVB are the best?
A: The best UVBs are florescent tubes (at least 24 inches long) with the brands being ReptiSUN (Zoomed) 10.0 or Arcadia 10-12% of T8 or T5HO variety.
Q: What light cycle should they be on?
A: In the summer 14 hours on and 10 hours off. In the winter 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
Q: What substrate should I use?
A: Newspaper, paper towels, tile, reptile carpet, children's play sand.
Q: Is sand bad for bearded dragons?
A: Reptile brand sands (vitamin and calcium sand) are bad for beardies as they clump when wet and can cause impaction. Children's play sand that you can get from a home improvement store is safe as long as your dragon is completely healthy and your setup is on par.
Q: What do I feed my baby bearded dragon?
A: 80% live insects and 20% greens. Crickets, small superworms, silkworms, black solider fly larvae (phoenix, calci, or repti worms), and dubia/discoid/turkish roaches are examples of staples. Good veggies are collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, and butternut squash. Feed them as many bugs as they can eat in 2-3 minutes 3 times a day until 150 grams then 2 times a day until 250 grams then once a day, all the while offering greens in increasing amounts as they grow.
Q: What do I feed my adult bearded dragon?
A: 80% greens and 20% live insects. Crickets, superworms, silkworms, bsfl, and dubia/discoid/turkish roaches are examples of staples. Good veggies are collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, and butternut squash. Too many insects for an adult beardie can cause gout, fatty liver disease and other issues.
Q: Can I over feed my dragon?
A: Yes, too many insects and fatty foods can lead to obesity and is not healthy for your dragon.
Q: Can I feed my dragon outside insects?
A: No, outside insects can be full of parasites and/or chemicals that could make your dragon sick. Some insects, like fireflies, are a death sentence to your dragon.
Q: Can bearded dragons eat mice?
A: A pinkie mouse as a treat (once a month or so) or to a female who has just laid eggs is all I personally recommend.
Q: Do dragons drink water?
A: Most dragons get their hydration from their greens others like to drink water whether out of a bowl or in the bathtub.
Q: How do I give my dragon a bath?
A: Fill the water up to armpit deep, 98-105°F, 5-20 minutes, 2-4 times a week. Babies need daily baths or a water dish in their cage.
Q: Can you tell me how old my dragon is?
A: Unless you know the hatch date, there really isn't a way to know exact age. Dragons all grow at different rates. There are too many variables to know for sure.
Q: How big will my dragon get?
A: Dragons shed and grow throughout their lifetime normally topping out between 16-22 inches. Some can get longer but not very often. Weight however is subjective to diet.
Q: How long will my dragon live?
A: With optimal conditions their entire lives 8-12 years. It is not unheard of for them to live longer though.
Q: How do I know if I have a male or a female?
A: Set the dragon in the palm of your hand and lift the tail at a 90 degree angle. At the base of the tail above the vent you will either see one central bump for a female or two bumps going up the tail (hemipenes) which is a male.
Q: Can my dragons live in the same cage?
A: Most of the time no, dragons are solitary creatures. Males should ALWAYS be housed alone. Two females can work if you are able to keep a close watch on them, but cohabitation is really for the experienced keeper.
Q: Can I clip my dragons nails?
A: Yes, you will want to use cat nail clippers and just clip off the tip that protrudes from the rest of the nail.
Q: Is my bearded dragon a fancy?
A: There is no such thing as a "fancy" bearded dragon. Pet stores use this term to label any non "normal" dragon. This is mostly because their suppliers started labeling them that way instead of explaining morphs and scalations.
Q: What kind of dragon do I have?
A: 98% of the time you have a normal pagona vitticeps. If it is another species you would know it when you bought it. If it is not normal, we can most of the time help you identify morph and scalation with pictures. However, color names are not the morph. Color names are just a way a breeder markets their dragons.
Q: Is my bearded dragon a German Giant?
A: No. They no longer exist in their original form. If you were sold a GG it was either a way to make you spend more money, make an easy sale, or they were misinformed.
Q: Do silkbacks need special care like weaker uvb and lotion?
A: No. Their care is exactly the same as a normal dragon. Glycerin, aloe, and other lotions can be used to make shedding easier.
Q: How do I weigh my dragon?
A: Purchase a scale that will measure in grams. It is good to have one to measure the growth of your dragon and if something goes wrong and they begin to loose weight you can track exactly how much.
Q: Can my dragon wear a harness/leash?
A: Yes, but be sure it is a safe and secure one that they can't scratch or wiggle out of.
Q: Do bearded dragons hibernate?
A: Not exactly, they do a slight variation called brumation. Unlike hibernation they do not stuff themselves so they can sleep. The goal is for their stomach and bowels to be empty. Brumation can last from a few days, to a few weeks, to a few months. Sometimes during brumation they will get up and move around other times they will sleep straight through.
Q: Why is my dragon arm waving?
A: He/She is showing a sign of submission.
Q: Why is my dragon head bobbing?
A: He is showing a sign of dominance.
Q: Why is my dragon black bearding?
A: If it is a male and it is combined with head bobbing he is most likely just in the mood for mating. If the dragon is just black bearding constantly for no reason there is most likely something wrong with him/her.
Q:Why is my dragon acting aggressive?
A: There are a number of reasons for this from they are hungry to shedding, to they are in the "teenage" rebellious phase, to something is wrong. If everything is on par then maybe a trip to the vet might help.
Q: When do I need to take my dragon to the vet?
A: Once or twice a year for a check up and fecal. Or if your dragon is showing any signs of something wrong. We can help with a lot of things but we are not licensed and trained veterinarians.
Q: My dragon isn't pooping, what do I do?
A: Try an extra warm and a bit extra deep bath around 105° and gently massaging their belly. Sometimes the act of swimming will help. If that doesn't work, try feeding a canned pumpkin purée. You can also try a little bit of olive oil. If those do not work, consider bringing your dragon to the vet.
Q: My dragon is making a clicking/wheezing/coughing sound. Why?
A: Sounds like an upper respiratory infection. Please take your dragon to the vet asap.
Q: My dragon isn't eating and is loosing weight. Their poop is extra soft and smells bad. Why?
A: Parasites are the probable cause to smelly poop. Vet asap is needed and take a fresh fecal with you.
A: All reptiles can carry salmonella, however you have more chance of getting it from handling an egg or raw chicken than you do from your dragon. We do recommend washing your hands after handling your dragon