Purchasing A Bearded Dragon

What To Look For

Pur­chas­ing a beard­ed drag­on for the first time can be over­whelm­ing. Those research­ing online will find the inter­net rife with miss infor­ma­tion pub­lished by well mean­ing indi­vid­u­als. Always pur­chase from a rep­utable pet shop or spe­cial­ized rep­tile pro­fes­sion­al. You can trust a Tail­sNTeeth Rep­tile Pro­fes­sion­al to pro­vide you with a healthy spec­i­men for years of rep­tile com­pan­ion­ship. There are pet shops like Tail­sNTeeth, Eco-hob­by­ists, full time pro­fes­sion­als spe­cial­ized in rep­til­ian species, expe­ri­enced and ded­i­cat­ed to pre­serv­ing nat­ur­al lifes­pans. We encour­age you to sup­port pet shops ded­i­cat­ed to the hob­by, where knowl­edge­able com­mit­ted and pas­sion­ate full time staff will answer your ques­tions, make sug­ges­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions for a thrilling and pos­i­tive life experience.

Make a check­list of things to look for when pick­ing your beard­ed drag­on. Take it with you to the pet store. To ensure you are get­ting a healthy drag­on, it is impor­tant to inspect them from head to toe.

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Skin

Look their whole body over for abnor­mal amounts of folds. Ensure there are no black­ened areas or cuts.

Head

Their head should be held up eas­i­ly with their eyes wide, bright and alert rec­og­niz­ing your presence.

Mouth

Their mouths should be clean of debris/substrate and in good form, shape and no black­ish coloring.

Tails

Tails should be sol­id, intact check­ing over for any abnor­mal­i­ty. Drag­ons that are kept in mul­ti­ple num­bers or are under­fed can nip at each oth­ers tails think­ing that it is food. If this hap­pens it may cause the tail to become swollen and/or  have a black­ish col­or on the tip. It could also be a con­di­tion called tail rot. Don’t pan­ic if you hap­pen to see a beard­ed drag­ons’ tail twitch­ing. Some­times they do this when they are ready to pounce at a crick­et or oth­er feed­er insect. The tails may also twitch at times to shoe away pesky feed­er insects.

Hips

Their hip bones should not be vis­i­ble as this could be a sign of an under­nour­ished beardie or one who gets put last in peck­ing order.

Eyes

An unhealthy beard­ed drag­on may have their eyes half open and this is a good indi­ca­tion they are not the health­i­est as men­tioned above, they should be alert. Check the eyes over for any films that may be on them. A film could be a sim­ple shed­ding issue or it could be more seri­ous infections.

Behavior/Eating Habits

Ones who look lethar­gic, look lazy or tired when bask­ing, have their heads lay­ing on the enclo­sure sub­strate could be signs of improp­er tem­per­a­ture and/or humid­i­ty. This may also affect eat­ing habits. Any vis­i­ble signs of hip bones or poor mus­cle tones are pos­si­ble signs of stress, mal­nu­tri­tion, dehy­dra­tion, or pos­si­ble dis­ease. It could also be a “peck­ing order” when it comes to feed­ing time.

Living Space

Beard­ed drag­ons need a lot of space. When they don’t have the prop­er sized nat­ur­al ter­rar­i­um they can become obese from not get­ting the required exer­cise this lizard needs.

At Tail­sNTeeth, we have a vari­ety of ter­rar­i­ums and starter kits. We car­ry starter kits for beard­ed drag­ons which come com­plete with every­thing you need to set up your first nat­ur­al habi­tat. These juve­nile beard­ed drag­on starter kits include a screen cov­er for the enclosure/terrarium, 100W intense bask­ing spot bulb, a medi­um rep­tile water dish, 13W Rep­tile UVB 150 bulb, cal­ci­um and D3 sup­ple­ment, ter­rar­i­um ther­mome­ter, a small glow light, light dome UV reflec­tor lamp and a 20 gal­lon ter­rar­i­um. How­ev­er, you can also cus­tomize any suit­able ter­rar­i­um to your tastes. Ask TNT how to cre­ate your own “Aussie Out­back” in your home, office or class­room. Bring a lit­tle nature indoors.

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