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thing as a beginner pet or a beginner

exotic pet or reptile but I do think

that bearded dragons are not only one of

the best lizards you can keep but

definitely one of the best reptiles in

general for your viewing enjoyment I'm

going to be breaking down all of the

different informational segments into

different chapters so if you're

interested in a specific chapter like


a healthy bearded dragon or heating and

lighting or even substrate then go and

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take it away M how to pick a healthy

dragon housing your bearded dragon

heating and lighting picking a substrate

diet handling and enrichment dragon

maintenance common illnesses other

resources now you have to go away for a

little while because I need to give my

full attention to everyone who's

watching us so you can go in your view

to full exercise pod behind me is that

okay let's go how to pick a healthy

dragon so picking a healthy dragon and

where to find them there's a couple of

places you can actually find wonderful

bearded dragons one is directly from a

breeder this is a great place to go if

you're looking for a particular type of

bearded dragon you do get different

bearded dragon morphs or different

colorations and skin types if that's

what you're looking for then a breeder

is probably the best choice for you

there is of course the very standard pet

stores that you can go to which have a

variety of bearded dragons

I don't normally recommend these pet

stores because they tend to bulk buy

from mass producers and I don't think a

bit of dragons are always the best

quality but it's really up to you if you

want to go for a big chain pet store

which I personally do not recommend or

if you want to go to maybe a smaller

boutique kind of pet store which might

have you know connections with smaller

scale breeders which is probably a

better way forward you can also go to

the reptile Expos in your area depending

on where you live especially in the USA

you are bound to find reptile Expos

reptile Expos depending on the ones that

you go to you get the good ones and you

also get the bad ones you can usually

tell which vendors you want to stay away

from the ones that really cram their

tables full of stock that looks really

dehydrated or missing limbs or have

loads of stuck shed avoid avoid avoid

but a great sign that you're dealing

with good vendors good breeders or good

pet stores is that they take

time to fully explain explain explain

the pros and the cons of keeping these

lizards as pets and of course my

favorite place

rescues there are tons of reptile

rescues if you want to try and find them

a great place to go is on Facebook look

up different reptile rescues ask

questions or you can even just like call

up a normal rescue and ask them if they

have any affiliates or know any sort of

like sister charities in the area which

deal with reptiles so just send them an

email give them a call they might be

able to point you in the right direction

now do you want a baby dragon or an

adult dragon it really is up to you I

personally would rather go for an adult

bearded dragon that's just me I find

that many people like to purchase

bearded dragons as babies because they

want to watch them grow one of the pros

of getting a young bearded dragon is

that you are directly in charge of

giving them that great start in life

this was not the case with my bearded

dragon my bidded dragon is severely

stunted he is a rescue and I would say

that my dragon is not an accurate

representation of a super healthy

bearded dragon he is stunted he's not

gonna get much bigger he is a little bit

weedy despite the fact he does eat a lot

where are you sausage oh I see you he's

right there so while it is a truly

magical thing to watch your bearded

dragon go from a little juvenile all the

way to a big healthy majestic dragon

it does cost quite a lot baby bearded

dragons need a lot of protein when

they're young and a lot of calcium and a

lot of care they are voracious eaters

and if you're planning on getting a baby

just make sure that you factor in to

your costs that they're going to need to

eat every single day so if you don't

want to spend a ton of money feeding and

feeding and feeding your bearded dragon

for the first two issues of its lifespan

then maybe an adult might be a better

way forward now one dragon or two this

is entirely up to you but if you're

going to be getting more than one

bearded dragon keep them separately when

you go into a lot of pet stores or even

into reptile Expos you will see all the

babies looking super cute hanging out

together like basking on top of each

other looking like total chill buddies

but that's not gonna last bearded

dragons are very territorial and if you

keep a pet

like say two males or two females they

will fight of course if you keep a male

and a female together you're gonna get

babies lots and lots of babies if you

are keeping yours together and they're

producing lots of eggs just realize that

even if you are discarding the eggs and

therefore not technically like you know

breeding them and selling them you're

still putting your female bearded dragon

under a lot of stress she's using a lot

of calcium so please just keep your

bearded dragons completely separate from

each other they don't need to hang out

and Netflix and chill with each other

they're happy just to chill by

themselves housing your bearded dragon

with enclosure size the bigger the


your dragon will use all of the space as

much as possible my bearded dragon is a

stunted individual and lives in a 40

gallon tank although he does get a lot

of supervise Din Richman tin pens he is

do an upgrade typically I would say that

75 gallons for an adult is a decent

sized space but the bigger the better by

providing more space your dragon will be

happier healthier and will display more

interesting and natural behaviors two of

my favourite enclosures which I've kept

bearded dragons in in the past are herp

tags and vision enclosures they're made

of plastic and therefore don't reflect

back at your bearded dragon the way that

glass does some bearded dragons stress

in glass cages as they feel too exposed

or they think that their reflection is a

rival if this happens you can fold a

piece of paper on the outside of the

enclosure to minimize their reflections

a bearded dragon setup should have the

following a basking spot and a cool spot

hammocks and ledges for lounging

climbing and basking a hiding place or a

hide substrate food dish textured items

like logs for climbing a safe soaking

dish heating and lighting lighting can

be a little bit daunting for new owners

so I'm gonna break it down for you

your biddie dragon requires two bulbs

one which has UVA and UVB and another

which provides heat for the UVA and UVB

it's recommended to use a bowl which

allows light to span around two-thirds

of the dragon's enclosure both arcadia

and zoo Med manufacture fantastic UVA

and UVB lights reptiles needs special

lighting in order to actually get the

nutrients from their food

now heating in your enclosure you should

have a warmer end and a cooler and your

baited dragon should be given the chance

to choose whether it wants to go into

the cooler side or into the warmer side

and often you'll notice that your

bearded dragons will actually go from

one side to the other quite regularly

this is because they are thermo

regulating bearded dragons need to be

able to choose if they want to have a

little bit more heat or a little bit

less so absolutely you can use different

heaters like spot lamps or you can even

use a ceramic heater which is based in

one side of the enclosure do not under

any circumstances be tricked or fooled

into buying what's known as a heat rock

heat rocks have been known to cause a

lot of problems not only do they

actually overheat and therefore burn

your animal but they've been known to

also start house fires so for this

reason no matter what heat source you

are using just please don't go for heat

rocks always use a thermostat a good

reliable thermostat the thermostat that

I use is the ISTAT and this is one that

I had shipped over from the UK it's

definitely something that I trust I love

that it's touchscreen I love that it

gives off a really loud piercing alarm

so for your heating and lighting have

everything hooked up to a thermostat and

hook that thermostat up to a timer

because your bearded dragon is not an

animal that wants to be awake all of the

time they do sleep at night because they

are a diurnal species diurnal meaning

that they wake up during the day as

opposed to a nocturnal animal which

wakes up at night now you do get some

nocturnal lizards and geckos

but the bearded dragon is not one of

them some people do have the belief that

red bulbs don't really bother bearded

dragons but I personally think it's

better to give them absolute peace quiet

and darkness at nighttime so hook

everything up to a timer for us every

night at 9 p.m. boom everything goes off

and then again at about 6 a.m. boom

everything comes back on again picking

the substrate yes up straight so

substrates everyone's favorite

polarizing topic when it comes to

bearded dragons when it comes to keeping

a healthy bearded dragon substrate is

something you have to consider very very

carefully because some substrates can

actually be so detrimental to your

bidded dragon that you're bid a dragon

can die yes in particular I am talking


sans and especially calcium sands

calcium sand is irresistible to so many

bearded dragons and you will find a lot

of bearded dragons just can't help

themselves except to lap up this amazing

calcium rich sand but here's the issue

it can often cause what's known as an

impact impaction is when everything gets

so messed up on the inside and

everything sticks together that your

bearded dragon physically can't pass any

fecal matter and it can all become very

very bacteria-ridden and cause an

infection and your bearded dragon will

die without surgery some bearded dragon

owners find that their bearded dragon

loves using sand or calcium sand and

that they have no issues I have

personally kept bearded dragons with

sand and without sand I have not had any

issues with any bit of dragons having

impactions however because it does

happen quite frequently with other

people I will not be recommending

calcium sand in this video what I

personally use and what I personally

recommend is a sand mat the sand mat

that I use is from zoo Med and it's

literally a roll out mat which is sort

of like a lino bottom and it's got sand

stuck to it so the sand doesn't come up

it's not calcium sand either so it's not

the kind of sand which really entices

your bearded dragon to lick it instead

it just produces like a nice texture

full substrate which will help to keep

the bearded dragons nails in check some

other substrates which you might be

interested in using a paper towel it's

very difficult for a bitter dragon to

actually chew eat consume and therefore

become impacted with paper towel it's

also really easy to replace and it's

very affordable so if your bearded

dragon does make a mess as it will

inevitably do all you have to do is peel

it off and discard it and you're left

with a nice clean enclosure which you

can then clean with a vinegar solution

or something similar another Pro when it

comes to using paper towel is that any

live food you happen to use will stand

out really well against the white of the

paper towel making it really simple for

your young or juvenile bed dragons to

find their food another favorite to use


newspaper please forgive that it's not

completely lining the bottom of this

little fake enclosure I have this is an

action enclosure for anyone this is

literally just a bin that I'd keep my

citizen anyway you don't need to know

that very similar to paper towel you can

also use newspaper which is fantastic

has often free because people don't care

about the environment and like to give

us spam mail to I letterbox therefore

it's easy to put it to use although I

actually read them I'm that sad person

that reads spam mail what imagine your

home totally organized that's never

gonna happen but this is my opinion on

tile on paper towel and on newspaper and

you're probably not gonna like what I'm

gonna say but it comes from a caring

place I promise I don't like it the

reason why I personally do not like it

though it's fine for you guys to use I'm

not gonna judge that the reason why I

don't like it it's because I don't want

to keep my bed a dragon to clean the

logic behind this is that I want my

bitter dragon to have a decent immune

system it's not always that my bearded

dragon is always inside its enclosure

sometimes it's in other places for

example in this exercise pen or in the

enrichment pod which I'm having

delivered soon I prefer to leave a

little bit of something behind just so

they get used to a little bit more of

that bacteria and it seems been working

out really well for my bed a dragon who

has actually come on in leaps and bounds

in the last year I'm very happy to allow

my bearded dragon to have a little bit

of manageable dirt every now and then

just so his immune system stays good and

strong it really is up to you to form an

opinion that you think is gonna be best

for you your circumstance and your

bearded dragon but I would say stay away

from the calcium sand it's just not

worth the risk

diet bearded dragon diet he knows I'm

talking about food juvenile and sub

adult bearded dragons certainly need a

much higher protein intake then an adult

bearded dragon for this reason 80%

invertebrates and 20% leafy greens is

what I would recommend after about two

years of age you can switch this over to

about 60% worth of leafy greens and 40%

invertebrates some of the best inverter

you can feed your bitter dragon are

dubia roaches dubia roaches are actually

very easy to create your own colony of

or you can actually buy them relatively

inexpensively from most pet stores dubia

roaches are packed full of wonderful

proteins and vitamins for your bearded

dragon and because dubia roaches can be

very very quick on their feet it also

provides enrichment and exercise for

your bearded dragon because they

physically have to run after their food

you can also feed mealworms and super

worms in moderation mealworms and super

worms have a lot more chitin in them

which is very difficult for a bearded

dragon to digest in large quantities you

can also feed horned worms if you really

really like there are fantastic source

again of both protein and also water

because a lot of what a very expensive

horned worm actually is is water so

again it's a fantastic source of protein

for your being a dragon but a cup of

about this size is going to cost you

about $20 in most stores that's US

dollars by the way so not particularly

the best if you're on a budget but they

make a lovely treat every now and again

now if you're lucky enough to live in a

very bio diverse healthy area then you

might have insects at your disposal

outside but I highly recommend that you

do not use any wild court invertebrates

the reason why I suggest this is because

you just don't know if they have any

parasites or if they've been eating

anything with any pesticides of course

anything that your feeders eat goes

directly into your bearded dragon so I

highly recommend that you purchase your

feeders from a store in particular never

feed any wild horned worms to your

bearded dragon in the wild horn worms

love to eat nightshade which happens to

be a sedative and a poison so although

the horned one that's absolutely fine

it's probably not going to be okay to

feed to your bearded dragon which might

end up absorbing the toxins from those

leaves another fantastic source of

protein which is really easy to find in

the UK but which you just cannot get in

the US because they're actually illegal

are locust locust are a wonderful source

of protein and they climb as well along

with Dubya locust are a fantastic source

of protein

bearded dragons and it is such a shame

that you cannot get them in the USA

because they are an agricultural pest

but this is what they look like if you

live in the UK or in Europe it's most

likely that you'll be able to find these

very very inexpensively I highly

recommend Dubya and locusts to make up

the bulk of the invertebrates that you

feed to your bearded dragons greens

let's talk about greens some of the best

greens you can feed our dandelion greens

bearded dragons love dandelion greens in

the summer you can even pick them for

yourself but do not pick them if you're

not sure that your lawn is completely

pesticide free for some reason the US is

completely obsessed with having

pesticides on their lawns I am NOT a fan

I do not have any pesticides on my lawns

because I like to encourage biodiversity

and not kill it and I'm not a monster so

if you want to pick your own leafy

greens then only do it from a place you

know 110 percent does not get treated

with pesticides from your local

supermarket you should be able to get

other really fantastic beneficial greens

just like turnip greens mustard greens

collard greens all of these are

fantastic avoid feeding greens like

spinach and kale they do nothing

whatsoever for your bearded dragon in

fact they actually SAP your bearded

dragon off the ability to actually

absorb calcium and the food items which

you can feed to your bearded dragons are

a little bits of hard-boiled egg every

now and then a little bit of apple or a

blueberry every now and then is a lovely

treat when giving your bearded dragon

their greens you should add a high

quality calcium and vitamin supplement

you can find these at most pet stores

which stock reptile accessories reptile

calcium and vitamin D and reptile herp

to bite are great supplements in the USA

I also like to switch these up on

occasion with supplements from the UK

such as nutria Belle and vie innate

handling and enrichment now let's talk

about handling your bearded dragon young

and juvenile bearded dragons are always

going to be a little bit more flighty

and scared when it comes to being held

so as soon as you bring your bearded

dragon home and you have a minute set up

just leave them alone for a couple of

days to set in once your bearded dragon

has established a routine of a day and

night cycle as well as eating and you

can see that they are pooping absolutely

fine then you can start handling them

for short periods at

start out this way and allow them to

just sit in your hand and of course be

aware that your bearded dragon may

suddenly decide to shoot off into the

abyss so be very very cautious and keep

them low to the ground or on your lap

the first few times you hold them when

picking up your bearded dragon never

pick him up by the tail they do not have

a prehensile or semi prehensile tail

which is a tail which acts like a fifth

limb which they can wrap around a bit

like a monkey they don't have that so if

you grab your bearded dragon and pick

them up by the tail you can cause

irreparable damage to their spine don't

take it personally if your bidded dragon

doesn't want to hang out with you

initially this will come with time so if

your bearded dragon doesn't want to hang

out with you or they're constantly

trying to get away just put them back in

their enclosure because you don't want

them to associate any negativity with

your handling sessions so this is bad

ideas enrichment pod I actually share

this with a bunch of my animals whenever

they come into my office and it's

actually created by a beautiful company

called clearly loved pets it's a really

versatile wonderful pen hashtag not

sponsored so on the way in it's what

I've got in here is a bunch of different

things that bearded dragon can actually

enjoy he's actually because it's quite

late at night now he's taking a little

snooze under here but the great thing is

that with an enrichment pod which you

don't have to have you can just do this

in a supervised space you don't have to

have like a fancy pen or look I've been

filming a lot I have a water dish where

he can come and get some water and I

also put in different things for him to

smell taste and interact with hence why

I have a pair of shoes in here these are

some of my irregular toys shoes would

like crayfish at the bottom you know

when it comes to enrichment anything can

really be used as enrichment from new

things that he doesn't get to smell that

often you can introduce different safe

fragrances for them to smell for example

like you know rubbing a bit of grass

onto a piece of paper for them to smell

anything really can be enrichment and

it's a really great thing to give you a

bit of dragon something different to do

he's super sleepy right now I've

actually just done this after filming

the majority of my video and now it is

dark outside

so he's ready to go to bed from there

take him home now and start to wrap

things up but we're going to continue on

with this video because it's still only

like halfway through this video if it's

a warm sunny day you can fit your

bearded dragon with a reptile harness

and give them additional exercise

outdoors dragon maintenance so

maintaining your bidded dragon we've

spoken about food we've spoken about

heating lighting and substrate but

you're bitter dragon being a growing

lizard will actually shed its skin

periodically so you should aim to allow

your bitter dragon to soak I personally

always have a soaking dish for my

bearded dragon because my bearded dragon

is a freak and will actually drink

standing water which many bearded

dragons won't but it will also soak its

own body and this is fantastic for

helping my bearded dragon to actually

shed its old skin I'm sure that some of

you will have bearded dragons which

refuse to soak themselves in which case

that job comes to you you'll have to

fill up either your bathtub or a

separate soaking tub with about as much

water as will come up to sort of midway

along your bearded dragon this will

ensure that your bitter dragon does not

drown while soaking your bearded dragons

to help them loosen up their skin before

shedding or if they've got some stuck

shed you should always keep an eye on

your bitter dragon never take your eyes

off your bearded dragon because some are

a little bit dopey and might drown

themselves never submerge your bitter

dragon and water which it cannot

comfortably stand up in and which it

cannot raise its head above bitter

dragons can swim but they are not

natural swimmers and they will tire very

very easily one of the drawbacks to

having the soaking dish in your

enclosure is that your bearded dragon

may enjoy using it as a toilet for this

reason it's good to check your water

dish every day and change out any fouled

water immediately another bit of

maintenance is your bedded dragons nails

you want to make sure they're not too

long obviously you don't want to cut the

quick so grateful to have our small

animal clippers which you can get in our

online or from any pet store another bit

of maintenance is making sure that your

bitter dragon does not have any

abundance of insects hiding inside its

enclosure and bothering them some

crickets for example will actually gang

up on a bearded dragon especially young

bearded dragons and

to chew on their dead skin or the skin

which is flaking off of their bodies so

you just want to make sure that you're

not pouring in a ton of invertebrates on

top of more invertebrates which are

already inside the enclosure common

illnesses before you even bring home a

bearded dragon I highly suggest that you

do indeed look for a veterinarian in

your local area who is comfortable with

treating bearded dragons most

veterinarians today have a little bit of

experience with bearded dragons because

they are such a popular reptile to keep

as pets but you just want to make sure

that you definitely have access to a

veterinarian in your area one of my most

common animal keeping mottos is if you

cannot afford a vet you cannot afford

the pet and I just want you guys to bear

that in mind because costs of actually

using a veterinarian can skyrocket

especially when you're talking about

operations x-rays speakers that can all

definitely add up not to mention any

kind of medication some owners feed

their bearded dragons a little too much

while chubby dragons are very cute this

can cause huge health problems if your

dragon is getting a bit pudgy cut back

on the treats and encourage more

exercise another common ailment that you

might find is that your bearded dragon

might for whatever reason cut one of its

nails and it might bleed if this is the

case then a great way to actually deal

with a nail which is bleeding a lot is

cornstarch always keep a little bit of

cornstarch around this is also really

helpful if you accidentally cut the

quick or again if your bearded dragon

accidentally breaks its nail down to the

quick little bit of cornstarch on there

which you can get in any grocery store

will be able to help stop the bleeding

calcium is vital to bearded dragons if

they don't have enough calcium they can

develop MBD which is metabolic bone

disease it's a bit like rickets and

humans the bones become a weak Bend and

can easily break female bearded dragons

can also be susceptible to calcium

crashes after laying eggs so if your

female dragon lays eggs increase her

calcium intake other resources all right

now we've come right to the very end of

the video where I want to tell you that

you can still continue to do even more

research to make yourself the most

equipped and knowledgeable bearded


you possibly can be which is a fantastic

thing to do a really great place to find

wonderful bearded dragon information is

actually over on ye olde Facebook

Facebook has amazing animal groups which

are dedicated to individual species you

can check out groups for bearded dragon

earners such as this one over here which

is a fantastic resource and they also

happen to have a website that you can

check out as well which you can see

right over here if you're not old enough

to make your own account ask your

parents permission to help you and

supervise you with an account so that

you can learn more bearded dragon

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