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.
Look their whole body over for abnormal amounts of folds. Ensure there are no blackened areas or cuts.
Their head should be held up easily with their eyes wide, bright and alert recognizing your presence.
Their mouths should be clean of debris/substrate and in good form, shape and no blackish coloring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.