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Agama Bearded Dragon Health Information

Bearded Dragons should be kept in a large enclosure. One or two adults should be housed in enclosure that is at least 3 to 4 feet in length. Smaller animals, i.e. juveniles or hatchlings, should not be kept with adults, as they may be bullied or eaten. Overcrowding of an enclosure can cause fighting and stress. They should be warm yet well ventilated. The enclosure should be furnished with branches to climb and bask on and caves or other hiding areas. They are messy animals so the enclosure will need to be cleaned often.

The temperature of the enclosure should be around 76 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool side of the tank and the high 80s on the warm side. There should also be a basking area 95 - 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature should drop to the mid 70s at night. Bearded Dragons should be exposed to full spectrum UV light for about 13 hours a day.

Bearded Dragons should be provided with fresh water, though they may not drink it often. Light misting should be done occasionally to ensure proper humidity. Some hobbyists suggest misting the plants as opposed to the enclosure. Baby Bearded Dragons, between up to four months should only be fed very small food. Larger food can cause serious problems including paralysis, seizures, gut impaction, or death. They can be fed pinhead crickets and tiny worms, gradually moving to larger animals. Adult animals need a diet of about 20% plants, including vegetables and fruits like squash, green beans, carrots, parsley, dandelion greens, mango, raspberries, and cantaloupe. The remaining 80% of the diet should be meaty items such as insects and pinkie mice. They should be fed three to five times per week, although babies and pregnant females should be fed more.

Some individuals may have shed problems due to low humidity levels. This can be avoided by misting the enclosure with water. To avoid spotting of the glass, use distilled water. It has been reported that spraying a Beardie that is currently having shedding problems with warm water may help them finish their shed easily.

Bearded Dragons are sexually mature around two years of age. Mature males darken to black during breeding season. At other times, the males can be distinguished from the females by their preanal and femoral pores. Mature females can lay an average 16 eggs per season, though some may lay considerably more. They lay eggs in the early summer in shallow nests that they dig in the sand. Females may lay infertile eggs in the absence of a male.

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