We assume that the bearded dragon or Pogona is a rather easy reptile care. They have a specific diet to treat opportunistic and omnivorous lizards, and their average size justifies the purchase of a suitable terrarium but not necessarily a great facility. Let us see a brief summary of what we need to know to care for our pogona ..
Description: Bearded dragons are medium sized Australian lizards whose distinctive feature is its scale in the form of spikes, especially in the throat, which gives it a bearded lizard look. Hence its common name “Bearded Dragon”. Still not prick your skin if we take. They are curious and active lizards that good care can live up to 10 years with us, some specimens even longer. Currently we can say that all Pogona vitticeps available in the market comes from several generations of breeding. So many color phases have emerged, have even managed to breed pogonas no leaves or thorns and whose touch is similar to velvet, called phase silkback.
Bearded dragons in the terrarium: Pogona vitticeps is a very territorial animal, especially males that under no circumstances can be together in the same terrarium as this situation would lead to fights or death of the weakest. When they are young babys and there is usually no trouble keeping several boards, although given their greed should monitor all pogonas eat properly. Sometimes I’ve seen in some stores, that by keeping many small pogonas together can reach amputated fingers or the tips of their tails between them. Imagine not supply enough food for all. Overall the best for our baby pogona be a small terrarium (A 60L) we can buy or make a plastic tupperware container type that will mesh lid to prevent any leakage (jump very well, so should design the cover carefully). This provisional terrarium we only serve for a few months and when reach a considerable size (about 25cm) can move it to its final terrarium. Temporarily taken into a smaller terrarium we provide cleaning and she easily find food. We will newsprint or paper towels as substrate we can replace every day, When are babys eat and defecate very regularly so you are kind of substrate is ideal. However, the requirements of 10.0 UVB and heat are also necessary, but with a heat source of 35 ° C is enough for a young pogona and may increase as you grow up in its final terrarium up to approx. 40C that needs adult Pogona vitticeps
Bearded dragon diet: Pogonas eat all kinds of insects, but the best is a diet based on crickets, cockroaches and grasshoppers. We supplement the diet with occasional treats adults as tenebrio, zofoba, silkworm and honey and the like 1 time a week larvae. A vegetable diet also offer our dragons with all kinds of vegetables and some fruits. In adults, the diet must be 50% 50% insectivorous plant. In the babys it finds it harder to enter with vegetables but be persistent to not only feed based insect. It is best to always offer before chopped vegetables on a plate, and once you no longer wish to withdraw more and give them the insects. Otherwise it is very difficult to get used to eating vegetables if they are full of crickets and other previously. Do not forget that even being reptiles of the arid climate, pogonas must have unr ecipiente always available fresh water where they can drink. Change the water daily this container or at most every 2 days. A babys we can give them a light spray of water, as many prefer to drink droplets remaining until accustomed to drink water from their drinking.
Calcium and vitamins in the diet of the bearded dragon: We take a calcium supplement 1 time a week to our pogonas. Sprinkle your food with 1/4 teaspoon usually bring these bottles that calcium and we offer it. 1 month animal life we can give calcium about 3 times a week, as they are growing. There are even breeders who give them daily, in my point is excessive, as too much calcium and vitamins is just as damaging to a pogona that the lack of these. 3 times a week and a good rich and varied diet is enough. Do not forget that without UVB absorption of calcium is not successful, so much calcium we give to our pogona, if bearded dragons hasn’t got a good UVB light source it can not synthesize enough vitamin D3 that is the cause of the right calcium absorption.