There are different types of bearded dragon plants that one can use for the beardie pet’s enclosure; you could choose real or fake plants. Using fake plants is a very straight forward approach and does not require a tedious learning process.
Precautions that one has to take in acquiring fake bearded dragon plants will be to ensure that the leaves are big enough for the beardie to hang and hide beneath, and to be sure not to get plants with sharp or rough edges, or with dangerous electrical wires hanging out of it. The earlier mentioned cautions are necessary so that the reptiles will not be injured with the plants in its enclosure.
However, acquiring real/live bearded dragon plants for your enclosure is not that straight forward. Is a particular live plant really safe for your beardie? One cannot just respond “Yes” or “No” to this question – this does not require a straight forward answer or a simple direct approach like it is with the fake plants. Selecting appropriate live plants for your reptile, needs a little research to discover types of plants that are conducive for your bearded dragon – The kind that would not cause health hazards.
Not to worry, this article will properly educate you on how to easily spot bearded dragon plants that are well suited to your bearded dragons. Here, are two simple things you must take note of: the first is to find out if the soil that came with the plant is toxic, and then you can go ahead to investigate the toxicity of the plant as well.
Take Note of Toxic Soil
Care should be taken to properly check the content of the soil that comes with live bearded dragon plants you’ve purchased. This point is first addressed, because it is the most overlooked; since most beardie keepers focus all attention on only the safety of the plant alone. It should be observed that most botanical gardens that grow these plants use fertilizers, and this toxic content could still be in the soil, when you introduce it to your beardie enclosure causing serious damage to your reptile. So, care should be taken to remove any accompanying soil from the plant before implanting it in your pet’s enclosure – this guarantees the immediate safety of your reptile.
List of Safe Bearded dragon Plants
Having eliminated the hazards of the soil accompanying bearded dragon plants, let us now enumerate live plants that are conducive and safe for your bearded dragon. Below is a list of most of them:
- Acalphya – Copperleaves – These plants grows with broad leaves and are non-toxic, making them appropriate bearded dragon plants for your pet. They provide an excellent hang-out and hide-out for the bearded dragon and are perfectly safe for the reptiles. It can grow high up to three meters providing a comfortable habitat for your bearded dragon.
- Adiantum (Maidenhair ferns) – these glowing evergreen live bearded dragon plants are excellent with beardies and are also non-toxic and safe for your reptiles as well. It grows high as well, and will also provide a good habitat for your pet.
- Aechmea fasciata – these plants possess broad leaves that extends to about 20 inches long. With leaves as broad as these, they provide comfortable relaxing spots for beardies among other bearded dragon plants. They are broadly used because of its safety and non-toxicity to beardies.
- Billbergia Nutans (Queens Tears) – these are hanging live bearded dragon plants that are very suitable for beardie enclosures. The plant is a very strong one that can withstand several conditions. This is also a safe and non-toxic plant for bearded dragons.
- Cryptanthus zonatus – these are moderately large bearded dragon plants that needs a lot of water and moisture. It will do well with bearded dragons as it is also needs high humidity.
- Guzmania Lingulata – guzmania lingulata bearded dragon plants are ideal for beardies, they do not require much watering. The moisture contained in the plant must completely drain out, before the next watering.
- Tradescantia (wandering Jew/ spiderwart) – tradescantia bearded dragon plants are also good for bearded dragons. The plant is not in any way harmful to beardies, but usually produces irritations on the human skin. It grows every day and will provide a relaxing spot for reptile pets like beardies.
- Ceropegia woodii (Rosary Vine) – ceropegia woodii bearded dragon plants is also like the guzmania lingulata because the water in it must dry out first before it is watered again. This is also a suitable and non-toxic plant for beardies.
The bearded dragon plants listed above are just a few out of many live plants suitable for bearded dragons. As a general rule all bromeliads are safe and non-toxic for beardie plants, some vine and ivys are also suitable with a good number of other plants as well.
Finally, whenever you want to purchase live bearded dragon plants, enquire from the store how compatible the plant will be to your pet before planting in your beardie enclosure.