Bearded dragon’s typically reach sexual maturity at one to two years age. They will also bread during the warmer months, during the summer, and September through toe March. Male dragons will climb up on a female and gently bites into the side of her neck. The male dragon will then reach with his hind legs for the females tail and presses his cloacal region against hers. The female bearded dragon will then dig a borrow and lay up to twenty four eggs in a single clutch and to up nine clutches per year. Female bearded dragons also store sperm and area able to lay many clutches of fertile eggs from on mate. Incubation periods can last as long as fifty to seventy days.
Bearded Dragons require a well-controlled environment. Originally from arid woodland and desert environments, they will require supplement heat for comfort and digestion. The preferred range would be seventy-eight to eighty-eight degrees Fahrenheit during the day and nights at approximately the seventies. If your pet is cold, it cannot properly digest its food and is more likely to become ill. The bearded dragon will also require a temperature gradient so they may choose between a warmer or cooler environment to keep comfortable. Use a good quality thermometer in the cage at the level of the bearded dragon spends most of its time so you can monitor the temperature easily. As a matter of fact, we suggest two thermometers to easily decipher between temperature points at each end of the gradient.
Primarily, a series of incandescent lights over the cage is one of the best heat sources. During the night, these lights will need to be powered down and another heat source may needed depending on the ambient temperature. Heating pads are an excellent source of heat, ceramic infrared heat emitters or panels and more expensive nocturnal reptile incandescent light bulbs which provide heat, but little light, can also be used. For larger enclosures, a space heater or a separate thermostat can used to keep the room at the appropriate temperature.
We highly suggesting a secondary heat source in specific areas of the cage to help provide a natural temperature gradient. The secondary heat source should cover only twenty-five to thirty percent of the surface of your enclosure. For adults, a thirty to seventy-five watt incandescent bulb in a ceramic base, where the bearded dragon cannot touch it would be ideal. Also, and more specifically, Petware House carries a variety of basking lights for your convenience, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. The temperature under the light in the area in which the Bearded Dragon would be basking should be ninety five to one hundred degrees fahrenheit. Hatchlings housed in smaller aquariums will require lights of lower wattage, or the aquarium temperature may become too warm very quickly.
Bearded Dragons need a healthy, balanced diet of meat and vegetables. Although omnivores by nature, hatchlings will require some meat and small insects. As they continue to grow, they will start eating more vegetables. The diet of a juvenile dragon, typically between two and four months, will consist of approximately eighty percent insects and twenty percent greens. As a general rule of thumb dragons should be feed two to three times per day. You will know if they are still hungry by observing the your young dragons. If they nip at the tails and toes, this is a good sign of being hungry.
Meat items can include cockroaches, earthworms, king wors, wax worms, mealworms, crickets, and pink mice.
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