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

In Care, Habitat by Tim Steward

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 health of a bearded dragon. Our beardies rely on us to keep it at a safe and comfortable level. The …

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

In Care by Tim Steward

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. This is unfortunate as all bearded dragon owners will have to deal with these regularly. Most take their new bearded …

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Do Bearded Dragons Need a Water Bowl?

In Care, Habitat, Nutrition by Tim Steward

You would think that whether or not to give your pet water would have a pretty clear cut answer. When it comes to bearded dragons, it does. The problem is that if you search that question online, you’ll see answers that range anywhere from no to yes and everywhere in between. Since the whole point of this site is to try to weed through all the conflicting beardie information out there, we thought it was …

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

In Care, Nutrition by Tim Steward

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 goitrogens. Every site we’ve found has either not enough info or way too much. We just want to feed our …

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

In Care by Tim Steward

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 will be needed. Trimming your bearded dragon’s nails is easy. Hold them steady and keep their arm/foot still. Use a …

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

In Care by Tim Steward

“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 did! It wasn’t until our vet spent some time going over this with us that we began to feel much …

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Supplements For Your Bearded Dragon, A Helpful Guide

In Nutrition by Tim Steward

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 supplementation, or an inattention to the quality of those supplements, not supplementing correctly can lead to a wide range of …

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

In Care, Nutrition by Tim Steward

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 of vet assistance. Our views and opinions are the results of hours of dedicated research. But remember, we are not …

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Safe Feeder Insect Sizes for Bearded Dragons

In Care, Nutrition by Tim Steward

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 feed bearded dragons insects or veggies that are larger than the space between their eyes. While they will happily eat …

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What’s the right size tank For Your Bearded Dragon

In Habitat by Tim Steward

Giving our beardies a wonderful place to live should be a primary concern for all bearded dragon owners. That starts with picking out the right size vivarium (terrarium or enclosure). Healthy, captive bearded dragons can grow to be up to 24” (61 cm) long. Being cramped in an enclosure that is too small will make for an unhappy, stressed, and possibly unhealthy beardie! The ideal size for an adult bearded dragon’s tank is 48” x …

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How Long You Can Leave Your Bearded Dragon Alone and How to Do It

In Care by Tim Steward

One of the nice things about having a bearded dragon as a pet is that they are relatively low maintenance. Much more so than common household pets like dogs and cats. Once a day is usually all your beardie will need your attention. But what if you need to leave them alone for longer than a day? How long can you leave a bearded dragon unattended? Generally speaking, leaving a bearded dragon alone for one …

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Impaction in Bearded Dragons. What It is and What to Do About It.

In Care by Tim Steward

One of the many things we love about owning a bearded dragon is that they are very hardy animals. Get a few things right and they are happy and healthy and overall great pets. So when Bacardi, our beardie, hadn’t pooped for a few days, we started to get worried. One of the few health concerns bearded dragon owners need to be concerned with is impaction. A close cousin of constipation, but quite a bit …

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Why and How Often Your Bearded Dragon Should See a Vet

In Care by Tim Steward

As a previous dog and cat owner, yearly trips to the vet were a normal thing. We assumed that would be the same for our new bearded dragon and we were surprised at the number of beardie owners who disagreed with this. Opinions on line varied from never to every 4 months and everywhere in between. Wow, you’d think this would be a straightforward question with a clear and specific answer! There are 4 times …

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A Realistic Look at the Cost of Owning a Bearded Dragon

In Beardie Facts by Tim Steward

Pets are a commitment of both your time and your money. You will owe them at least a little bit of your day for the entirety of their lives. You will also have an up front investment and a continuing investment the whole time you have your pet. This is true for all pets including bearded dragons. A bearded dragon purchased from a pet store or breeder costs between $60 – $100. The cost of …

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How Big Do Bearded Dragons Get?

In Beardie Facts by Tim Steward

When we went to visit our rescue beardie, Bacardi, for the first time, there were several other bearded dragons there as well. Bacardi was sharing a small enclosure with another rather aggressive beardie. She was and still is, very small for her age. Across the room was Pancake. Pancake was a beast of a male bearded dragon with sole ownership of a much larger enclosure. It was hard to believe the Pancake and Bacardi were …

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Bearded Dragons Bites – Why They Happen, What To Do, & Are They Dangerous?

In Beardie Facts, Care by Tim Steward

When people hear the word “dragon”, it immediately conjures up visions of fire and teeth and epic HBO tv shows. So it’s natural that one of the first questions prospective bearded dragon owners ask is “do they bite?”. While bearded dragons can bite, they rarely do unless provoked. Bearded dragons are generally docile animals and unless they feel threatened or mistake your fingers for food, they will typically not bite. Bearded dragon bites are far …