Game of Thrones fans must know the adorable Drogon, the deadly-but-loyal dragon that belongs to Daenerys. Although we can’t be the Mother of Dragons, we can be the protector of mini dragons – to be exact, bearded dragons!
Bearded dragon is one of the top reptiles as pets, making it loved by many people. It makes sense, seeing its delightful personality and sleeping habits. But wait! Before taking a bearded dragon home, it is best to know some facts about bearded dragons you must know first before buying one.
- 1 Interesting Facts about Bearded Dragon
- 1.1 1. They are loners
- 1.2 2. Big tanks are necessary
- 1.3 3. They love the sun
- 1.4 4. Bearded dragons are vegetarians (most of the time)
- 1.5 5. Regular manicure is important
- 1.6 6. Bathing is a must
- 1.7 7. They are brumate
- 1.8 8. Bearded dragons can be quirky
- 1.9 9. Yes, they have ears
- 1.10 10. Visit the vet!
- 1.11 A great friend to everybody
Interesting Facts about Bearded Dragon
1. They are loners
In Australia, there’s a chance you would find a bearded dragon sun-bathing by itself. No, it didn’t have a fight with its mate or something. Unlike humans or other animals, bearded dragons are totally cool being alone by itself. So no, they are not alone because they are sad; that’s just the way they are.
If you want to give a friend to your bearded dragon, it’s best not to give a male friend since they would fight with each other. If you’re going to have two males, you have to separate them into separate tanks.
2. Big tanks are necessary
Bearded dragons need to run around and “hunt” their prey, even when they’re inside a container. For this reason, it is best to give them large containers. For baby beardies, you should use at least a 20-gallon container. The bigger they are, the bigger the tank should be.
3. They love the sun
Seeing bearded dragons laying on the ground for the sun is not a joke. It’s a phenomenon you will often see in Australia. Bearded dragons are cold-blooded, meaning that they cannot regulate their body temperature like humans.
Due to their body temperature, bearded dragons love some decent lightning. If you want to keep a beardie, make sure you put their tank in a place that’s exposed to the sun or good lightning.
4. Bearded dragons are vegetarians (most of the time)
Believe it or not, bearded dragons do eat vegetables. Bell peppers, carrots, and turnips are only a tiny portion of plants they can eat. That doesn’t mean they don’t eat insects, of course. They still eat insects, but they won’t turn away from vegetables as long as it’s the vegetables they prefer. You might spend a month trying hard to know your beardie’s preferred plant, but once you find them, your beardie will gulp them in no time.
5. Regular manicure is important
As the Mother/Father of Bearded Dragon, it is your duty to trim their nails. Wild beardies will have no problem with their nails since their outdoor activities will keep their nails short. Unfortunately, since your beardie lives in a tank, there’s no mean to keep the nails short by themselves. So you have to trim their nails.
To prevent them from getting wild during trimming, you can get them accustomed by playing with their toes as often as you can. This way, your beardie won’t be shocked when you cut their nails.
6. Bathing is a must
Contrary to the myth, vegetables alone are not enough to hydrate a bearded dragon. For more moisture, they need to bathe regularly. They should take baths at least twice a week. Your beardie might be happy or not amused during showers, but it’s for their own good.
7. They are brumate
Brumation is a hibernation phase that usually happens during winters. Brumation means lack of activities and a minimal amount of food. Since bearded dragons are cold-blooded, they will go on a bromate phase at least once. This means spending a short time with your beloved beardie for around 10 weeks.
8. Bearded dragons can be quirky
If you think bearded dragons do not have mood swings, then you are slightly incorrect. They usually show their emotions from their actions. Sometimes they would sulk in a corner, not wanting to see your face. Other times, they would run right to the front part of the tank right away when they see their owners. Are their moods predictable? No, but that’s the fun of it.
9. Yes, they have ears
Bearded dragons’ ears are unique. Their ears are the holes at the sides of their head that are often mistaken as injuries. The ears also function correctly, just like other animals’.
10. Visit the vet!
Although the internet is rich with information, it is best to visit the vet for more professional advice about bearded dragons. It would even be better if you bring your beardie to the vet, as the vet can see if right away. After all, each bearded dragon has its own uniqueness.
A great friend to everybody
The facts about bearded dragons are regular animals, just like any other pets. They eat, take baths, can be moody, and so on. Don’t be scared of it. It will take a while for you to bond with your bearded dragon, but once you’ve bonded with it, you won’t be able to let your beardie go.