Care for a Baby Bearded Dragon Lizard
By Michael Torresi

The bearded dragon lizard, a native of Australia, is one of the
most popular choices when choosing a reptile as a house pet.
Mainly due to its docile and friendly disposition, this sociable
reptile has been gracing pet stores and houses at an
increasing rate.

Adopting the bearded dragon lizard as part of the family
requires planning and care. Below are some guidelines that
can be used in caring for the baby bearded dragon that will
become the newest member of your family.

1. Baby bearded dragons require a lot o food to support their
rapid growth rate. Between the first 3-6 weeks, feed your baby
dragon about 2-3 times a day. Cricket, veggies, and greens
can be used while watering can be done once or twice daily. It
is rule of thumb that the food you will feed them must be about
half the size as the distance between his eyes. This is to
ensure that your dragon will not suffer from terminal

2. Check for parasites regularly. Although they are
parasite-free upon purchase, being bred in captivity, there is
always the danger of parasite infestation once your baby
dragon has been exposed to the elements, especially to the
bugs, worms, and crickets he will be fed with.

3. Provide ample space for your dragon to grow in. The
recommended size is a 10 gallon aquarium for a newly
hatched dragon, while a 20 gallon tank is needed in the next
six months due to your baby dragon's speedy growth. When
your bearded dragon reaches adulthood, the size should be
changed to a 50 gallon tank to provide enough space for
basking, exercise and growth.

4. Clean the baby dragon's house regularly. Since bearded
dragons are messy creatures, their homes must be cleaned
twice a day. It is a danger for a baby dragon's health if their
surroundings are not kept clean because their young age
makes them more susceptible to fleas and diseases. The
highest mortality rate of bearded dragons take place during
their first month.

5. Provide temperature control in your baby dragon's tank.
This can be done by using a temperature gradient. There
should a spot warm enough for the baby dragon to bask and
lie in and there should be a spot humid enough to answer to
the dragon's need for water. Baby bearded dragons need
water both as a drink and in the air to aid their growth in the
first months of their life. Lack of humidity in the air can actually
cause your baby dragon to shed.

6. Provide UV light. The light should imitate the one given off
by the sun as this helps in your baby dragon's digestion.
Working in a way much like photosynthesis, UV light
encourages healthy digestion in your dragon. This is
especially important for baby dragons as they are always in
danger of indigestion due to your young age and reduced
capacity to absorb food in large sizes.

7. It is recommended to use paper towels as your baby
dragon's substrate. Its is clean, easy to replace when dirty,
and inedible.

8. Handle your dragon daily. This will develop their trust
towards humans and build their bond with you. Just make sure
that you are gentle in handling them and that you never pick
them up them up with their tail. They dislike this and will make
them thrash about, which is harmful for your baby dragon. You
may choose to scoop them up with your cupped hands.

Michael Torresi is a freelancer and lizard expert. For more tips
on raising Bearded Dragons Lizards and having them live 3
times longer, go to

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