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Author:  fred [ Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:51 pm ]
Post subject:  where to keep

Hi - we are thinking of getting our son a bearded dragon - we have a few reservations - firstly would it be healthy to keep it in my sons bedroom? for my son and the dragon! His bedroom is the box room but its large enough for a double bed - any advice would be appreciated - tried to talk him into having a tortoise but he's not having it!

Author:  Webmaster [ Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: where to keep

Michael has Stumpy in a viv in his bedroom with no problems - as long as he removes the poo immediately, otherwise it does smell (but then that appiies anywhere in the house). An adult beardie will need a 4ftx 2ft x 2ft viv, so you will have to make sure there is room for this.

Author:  fred [ Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: where to keep

Thanks for the reply - is there anything we should be aware of before buying - we know about the heating - lighting and feeding - would you say they need a lot of looking after? It feels like a big commitment.

Author:  Webmaster [ Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: where to keep

It's not too big a time commitment - babies poop a lot more than adults, who only poop once or twice a week, so it actually gets less rather than more effort. Babies also need live food twice daily, as adults they are mainly vegatarians, only eating live food 2 to 3 times a week.

The hardest thing for my son is chopping up the veg finely before he goes to school each day, this is probably the biggest bind for him.

The other thing to consider is what to do when you are away from home. Either you'll have to have someone come in who doesn't mind feeding livefood, or you'll need to find a decent pet shop that will look after it for you. We've tried both, and our local pet shop only charges £10 per week, so that's not too bad.

On the subject of cost, feeding a growing youngster can cost up to £10 per week, so although they seem small, they are not the cheapest pet to run. Hope this helps.

Author:  fred [ Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: where to keep

Thanks Trish - all this is really helpful - what do the juveniles eat as I think thats the age we would be getting

Author:  Webmaster [ Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: where to keep

You should give them chopped veg every day - your beardie might not eat it, but having it available will encourage him. He needs to get used to it as he'll be mainly eating it when he's adult.

He will need two feeds of crickets per day - as many as he can eat in 10 minutes. The crickets should be no bigger than the gap between his eyes, so it depends on age and size which size crix he should be eating.

You'll need to dust his food with a calcium powder. Beardies grow 4000x from birth to adult, so need help as their bones are growing really quicker. I use Dragon Dust which is an all round calcium suppliment with added vitamins.

Author:  fred [ Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: where to keep

Thanks again Trish - just one more question - we have a cellar and although its dry most of the time it can be a little damp from time to time - would it be possible to keep the lizard there?

Author:  Kathryn [ Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: where to keep

If there is any chance of damp then no its not worth the risk. They are prone to lung problems if the humidity is too high which is why you shouldn't bath them too often, mist inside the viv etc. They are also very nosey and like see whats going on, so try and find a room thats used often :D

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