Long bearded dragon may refer to several different reptiles in the genus Pogona. This genus contains seven species all come from Australia. Different species of bearded dragon kept as pets, but as far as one of the most commonly kept are Inland bearded dragon (Pogona Vitticeps), also known as Central bearded dragon. This is the species commonly referred to when he said only Bearded dragon. Bearded dragon is lovingly referred to as beardies.
Bearded dragons get their name from under the barbed bags they jaws. When threatened, they will expand the pocket and will look a bit like a beard. In the male the female bag expands to impress.
Bearded dragon has quickly become a very popular pet and is currently a public place while only 10 years ago they were quite rare sights. The popularity of animals has resulted in large numbers now breed in captivity. Long row of different color morphs has also been developed and introduced to the market. Bearded dragon currently available in most pet shops, but a certain color morphs can be difficult to get a hold of, and may be quite expensive. There are several possible reasons behind a lot of rapid growth in popularity beardie. These reasons include that the bearded dragon is a powerful and easy to treat animals for the children. They are also hypoallergenic which makes them ideal for families that contain members with allergies. The animals are very docile, easy to breed in captivity and can be very, very tame if handled quite as young. Some owners compare their bearded dragon for dogs miss the attention.
Most bearded dragons grow between 15 to 17 inches / 37-43 cm, but they can grow larger and have rapports from 23 inches / 57 cm long, bearded dragons in captivity.
Bearded dragon taxonomy
Genus / species: Vitticeps Pogona (usually)
Bearded dragon care
A bearded dragon will need a terrarium gallons / 250L 70 or greater. This should be at least 18 W. x 18h x 48L (inches) or 45W x 120L x 45H (cm). Young bearded dragon can be stored in a smaller 20 gallon / 80 L terrariums, but they grow fast and will soon require a larger environment that is often cheaper to get terrarium that is large enough to accommodate the rights of adults from the beginning. You only need to take care of a Bearded dragon terrarium. They are solitary animals and may hurt each other. This is especially true for adult dragons.
Beardies should be kept in terrariums that mimics a hot dry area they came from. Ideally choose a decor that resembles the substrate and their natural habitat as possible. Avoid using calcium sand as beardies will eat up the one or the other way that may cause health problems if they take too much. Aquarium and sand beans are non-ideal substrate because it can cause problems if swallowed. You also should avoid to maintain moist substrate. Young dragons are usually best kept in the less realistic setup with a paper towel as a substrate to allow for easy cleaning. It also reduces the risk of swallowing a large number of skilled hunters sand while trying to catch and devour their prey.
Ideally terrarium should contain a number of decorations that stimulate the bearded dragon to enable them to climb on them and hide under them. Examples of decorations include driftwood, cork bark and rock piles. If you are using a pile of stones that you should ensure that they are stable and that the lizard can not replace the stone to create an image of rock potential danger that can hurt and damage terrarium beardie. No toxic silica can be used to protect the stone to each other.
Bearded dragon so called "cold blooded" animals from hot sunny environment. Terrarium should mimic that and allow the dragon to thermoregulate by moving in the terrarium. This means that there should be a hot spot under hot lights and cool area that lizards can move between to set a hot body. A good way to accomplish this was to create a shaded area on one side of terrarium and put the other side of the heating lamp. Place hot soak up the light should reach 35-40 ° C / 95-105 ° F. sun lamp should produce both hot and that dragon needs UVB rays to produce vitamin D3. Dragon need this vitamin to absorb calcium and use it to form strong bones. Waste terrarium should ideally 25-28 ° C / 78 ° - 82 ° F.
Bearded dragon eating
Bearded dragon is omnivora and eat meat and vegetables. Therefore our best to give them a variety of foods including fruits and vegetables and insects. Young bearded dragons require a larger share of insects in their diet than adult animals can be fed mainly vegetables. Adult animals can be fed vegetables 80% or more, young bearded dragon can be given a diet consisting of equal parts of insects and vegetables. There are long rows of insects feed on the market but one of them, eating worms, generally should be avoided because they contain little nutrition for their size. Other feed insects have better nutritional value and options to better your dragons. Super worms Wax worms and should only be given as a treat because they contain too much fat to be used as ordinary food. They can be good for fat dragon malnourished. Choose feeder insects smaller than the distance between your bearded dragon eye. Dust insects with a vitamin / mineral supplement before serving them. Dragon Children should be given calcium supplements.
It is strongly recommended that the vegetables from the diet containing chopped fruit to ensure that they get all the nutrients they need. They should be fed vegetables every day.
Bearded dragon breeding
Bearded dragon easily raised and treated well breed animals often started when the age of 2 years. Sexing bearded dragon easily after they reach the age of 3 months. In the male bulge hemipenal can be seen from each side of the tail just under kloaka (towards the end of the tail). The bulge separated by a faith in the middle of the tail. The male only has this bulge.
If you want to breed your bearded dragon will need a healthy adult sexual partner, terrarium that is large enough to allow mating behavior, and a suitable place for her to lay eggs. Simulate the winter to get your dragon in captivity by lowering the temperature for 2-3 months before returning to normal and start feeding animals heavier than usual. This can also be good to give extra vitamins and minerals lizards additional years.
In the male will start displaying breeding behavior by nodding their heads and stamp their feet and began to chase women down and bite them in the neck to disable them to allow mating. After successfully mating with males occur can be eliminated from the terrarium.
Females lay 4-5 weeks after mating and will need a place to deposit their eggs. This place should be moist but not wet. Place can be made by adding piles of wet soil or sand. Pile must be large enough to allow her to dig a hole for the eggs. Once the egg is best placed to move them into the container or alternative incubation eliminate women from the terrarium and hatching eggs where they were charged. The first is the solution easier and better. Containers should be filled with sand incubation moist peat moss mixed in equal proportions. The mixture should be moist but not wet. Water should not drip from it if you put it in your hand and squeeze lightly. Make a small hole in the substrate in the container. Place it on the eggs in each hole make sure you do not play the egg as this can kill the embryo inside. Once the eggs are included in the container substrate should carefully push the eggs to help them stay moist. Incubation takes about 60 days at 29.5 ° C / 85 ° F
Bearded Dragon Facts
Bearded Dragon Facts # 1 you should avoid holding your bearded dragon around the chest and stomach. If you must, use a soft holding does not interfere with or prevent the dragon breath.
Bearded Dragon Facts # 2 Men have a set of pre-anal pores between the two hind legs and has a bulge in the area hemipenal hole. Women do not have pores.
Bearded Dragon Facts # 3 Many different color morphs have been developed for the 21st century. These include "Blood Red", "High Orange", "Peach" Tiger stripes "," Hypomelanistic "," Lemon Yellow "," White "," Sandfire "," Fire "," Ice "and" Red- gold "to mention just a few. Morphs different colors to achieve different prices in the pet trade.
Bearded Dragon Facts # 4 You do not need to feed your beardies insect from nature because it can introduce disease to your terrarium. Other problems may be that the insects may contain harmful pesticides to lizards.
Bearded Dragon Facts # 5 A number of public fruit and vegetables can be toxic to your bearded dragon. These include vegetables, avocado and oxalate-rich differ as rhubarb, spinach, water spinach, and cabbage.
Bearded dragon age
Bearded dragon can live long enough. Everything above 10 years should be considered normal, but they can live to 20. Some sources will tell you that bearded dragons live for 7-10 years and that only a few specimens lived longer than that. But nearly all have it in their bearded dragon to live longer than 10 years with proper care.