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Should you get a bearded dragon for a pet?

When someone finds out that we have a bearded dragon, the reaction is generally one of interest. One of the more commonly asked questions is, “We’ve been thinking about getting a bearded dragon. Are they good pets?” That’s also why many people come here to BeardieBungalow.com – To see if a bearded dragon is a …

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Is tap water safe for your bearded dragon, or is bottled water better?

A lot has been written about hydrating your bearded dragon (we’ve written a lot ourselves here on Beardie Bungalow!). How to do it, when to do it, and how often it needs to be done are common topics. But what about what kind of water to give your beardie? Does it matter? Can they drink …

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Can you take your bearded dragon outdoors?

Bearded dragons in their native habitat (the hot, arid regions of Australia) spend their entire lives outdoor. When we build them homes in which to live their lives in captivity, we should always do what we can to simulate their native environment.  As good beardie parents, we will always do what we can. We set …

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Want to walk your bearded dragon with a harness and leash? Read this first!

Taking your bearded dragon outside can be a fun and beneficial experience for both you and your beardie. With just a few precautions, this is both safe and easy to do. We wrote a complete guide to spending time outside with your bearded dragon that you can see here. But the number one rule we …

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Bearded dragon odor, is it your beardie or their tank that smells?

One of the most common questions that prospective bearded dragon owners ask us is, “do they smell bad?”. We aren’t surprised at all that they ask this. Common household pets like dogs, cats, rabbits, and hamsters can all smell pretty bad. It makes sense to ask about bearded dragons too. Bearded dragons do not smell …

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Do bearded dragons enjoy being held and pet?

Dogs love belly rubs. Cats like to sleep in your lap. Even pet goats, rabbits, and hamsters show obvious affection to their owners. But what about bearded dragons? Do our scaly little friends like being held? Do they enjoy it when their owners hold and pet them? Even though they are solitary animals, most bearded …

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Is it safe to feed your bearded dragon freeze-dried crickets?

What you feed your bearded dragon will be one of the most significant decisions you will make as a beardie owner. Unlike a dog or cat where you simply go to the pet store and buy them a bag of food, beardies need a mix of greens and insect protein sources to be healthy. We …

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What to do when your bearded dragon sheds

One of the most interesting things about owning a bearded dragon is watching them shed their skin. This will happen many times over their lifespan, and it never gets tiring to watch the transformation! Off comes the old skin, and in grows the new, soft, and often more colorful skin. The fascinating part isn’t that …

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Can I keep a bearded dragon in an aquarium?

Where is my bearded dragon going to live? That, in some form, is one of the very first questions that all bearded dragon owners ask. Not far behind that is “Can I keep them in an old aquarium or do they need something just for reptiles?” Aquariums are okay temporary homes for young bearded dragons …

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Can you feed a bearded dragon carrots every day?

Bearded dragons are picky eaters. Ours is no exception, especially when it comes to getting her to eat her veggies. Whenever we find something she actually likes and will eagerly eat, it’s always a good day! So when we found out that Bacardi, our beardie, looooooooooved carrots, we got excited! We started adding carrots to …

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Where should I put my bearded dragon’s tank?

When we first got a bearded dragon, we were starting from scratch. We needed everything and knew nothing. Luckily, there is an amazing reptile store in Chicago (Curious Creatures) that helped us figure it all out. Before we picked up our beardie at the College that rescued her, we purchased all the things we would …

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Humidity levels and bearded dragons, what you need to know.

Bearded dragons are pretty easy pets to take care of. There are only a few things you need to keep an eye on as beardies are mostly self-sufficient. One of the key things to watch is the humidity level in their enclosure. Just like humans, humidity can play a role in both the comfort and …

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Care & Cleaning of Bearded Dragon Femoral Pores – A Practical Guide

Whenever someone gets a new bearded dragon, there are some standard pieces of advice that all pet stores and breeders will give. They’ll almost certainly tell you about the substrate, diet, supplements, regular baths, and how to set up your enclosure. What they probably won’t tell you is anything about your new beardie’s femoral pores. …

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Bearded Dragon Brumation, A Practical Guide to What’s Important

If you are new to bearded dragons but have had other pets, brumation can be a weird and sometimes scary time. If your dog crawled under your bed and went to sleep for 3 months, you’d worry, right? Well, that’s exactly what your beardie might do! And unlike your dog, it would be perfectly natural! …

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The only bearded dragon feeding guide that you’ll ever need

By far, the single most Googled question about bearded dragons is “can they eat (insert food here)?” Google does a nice job of finding the answer for you, but the answers can vary wildly. Sometimes you get a nice, easy yes or no. Other times you get overwhelmed with calcium content numbers and ramblings about …

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Bearded Dragon substrate. A fact-based guide to the best and worst options.

We can think of no more hotly debated topic in the world of bearded dragons than finding the best substrate. Everyone has a firmly held opinion. The problem is that, on the whole, those views are based solely on one person’s experience. When selecting a substrate for your bearded dragon’s tank, you should choose one …

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How to trim your bearded dragon’s nails – a step by step guide with pictures

As your bearded dragon ages, it will gain both weight and strength. At some point, your easy to hold beardie will become quite poky. Its spikes will start to be stiff and sharp, Its nails will turn into little needle tipped talons capable of piercing your skin. That’s when you realize that regular nail trimming …

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How to safely pick up a bearded dragon… Without getting bit!

“Do they bite” is one of the most frequently asked questions we get about bearded dragons. While we answered that question in detail in an article you can see here, the key to preventing bites is knowing how to properly handle your beardie. New owners especially tend to make lots of mistakes here. We certainly …

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What Type of Worms Make Good Feeders for your Bearded Dragon?

Imagine eating the same thing every day. The exact. Same. Thing. Even if it was your favorite food, you’d eventually grow to hate it. Pizza… Again?!?!? Not only would you start to dislike whatever your food of choice was, but you would also pretty quickly start to see nutritional deficiencies as well. As humans, we …

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Supplements For Your Bearded Dragon, A Helpful Guide

Supplement. That word can evoke strong reactions among some people. For humans, the supplement industry has grown into a multi-billion dollar behemoth full of hucksters and charlatans. That is one of the many possible reasons that some bearded dragon owners dismiss the importance of buying supplements for their beardies. Whether it’s a complete lack of …

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Metabolic Bone Disease in Bearded Dragons – What it is and What to do About it

Disclaimer: We are not veterinarians and this article does not replace the advice given by a qualified vet. The aim of this article is to bring more awareness to a common health issue experienced by bearded dragon owners. This information should be used only as a reference tool and should not be used in place …

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11 Things You Didn’t Know Your Bearded Dragon Would Love

In another article, we outlined the 12 essential things that all bearded dragons need. These essentials are the minimum for keeping a happy and healthy bearded dragon as a pet, but what about those of us that don’t want just the minimum for our beardie? Your beardie will spend the majority of its life in …

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Safe Feeder Insect Sizes for Bearded Dragons

Figuring out what to feed your bearded dragon can be one of the biggest challenges in keeping them healthy and happy. One of the most important yet most overlooked aspects of feeding is food size. Food that is too large can be dangerous and even lethal to a bearded dragon. It is not safe to …

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