Bearded Dragon

7 Essential Tips to Help You Find a Healthy Bearded Dragon Pet (From Breeders & Experienced Reptile Owners)

Having a pet is joyous, fulfilling and life changing for some. Most people prefer dogs and cats. But choosing a reptile shows that you are unique. Bearded dragons pets are some of the most unique pets to own.

However, there are several other types of beardies you can pet. Know what beardie type you want to have before you make a decision to own one.

You don’t want to take home a beardie pet that will stress you. Here are the 7 essential tips you should consider when choosing a beardie pet.

1. Find out Everything about bearded dragons

Equip yourself with enough information about bearded dragons before you decide to pet one. Although keeping bearded dragon pets is becoming popular, it is still a new idea to many Americans. Many people get excited in owning the pet and end up ignoring to research. Get to know their traits of bearded dragons.

Take time and research on the internet, read books and consult beardie experts. Have all the information you need before you choose to own a beardie as a pet.  Educate yourself about the food, living conditions and health issues these pets experience.

2. Analyze your capability

Keeping and maintaining a pet is not easy. It requires both financial and time sacrifice. Analyze whether your lifestyle allows you to own a bearded dragon pet or not.

Ask yourself whether you have enough finances to maintain a bearded dragon pet. Understand all the necessities required to adopt a beardie. Evaluate your housing needs, your finances and commitment to feed a pet that requires a special diet.

Evaluate your schedule and decide whether you will have enough time to take care of your beardie for the more than a decade he may be alive. Petting a beardie requires the same commitment as petting any other animal. You will need to schedule time to feed him and check on him.

Sometimes you will need to mist the pet’s environment to keep humidity at the required levels. Know whether you should hire someone to take care of the pet. If you dream to keeping the pet but your schedule does not allow, make sure there will always be someone to take care of the beardie.

3. Health Confirmation

Health is an essential factor when adopting a pet.  Make sure that you take home a healthy bearded dragon. You don’t want to spend much money on veterinary appointments after you buy it. Ask your seller about the beardie’s health history. Enquire about the type of breed, age, weight, adaptations and parents’ information. This way you will be able to foresee its health.

You can also enquire on the previous healthy condition. This way you will be able to know the likely sickness of your pet. When checking whether the bearded dragon is healthy or not, focus on the eyes and limbs. A healthy bearded dragon has bright and equal- sized eyes. A sick beardie will have one small eye or its eyes will look dry and dull. The limbs should not be swollen. Also, the bearded dragon should be active. Check the skin of the bearded dragon too. Folded skin is a sign of dehydration.

4. Type of Breed

The breed of the beardie will determine its morphs, color, traits and pattern.  You may want a new bearded dragon to mate with the one home. Consider the type of breed you want. You will be able to produce the type of bearded dragon you want. Whether pinstripe, Dalmatian and harlequin. Also, you will be able to choose the bearded dragon with the color that interests you.

5. Life span

The life span determines tow long the beardie will live. Generally, bearded dragons’ life span ranges from 15- 20 years. However, there are some breeds that do not exceed 10 years. Choose a pet that fits your needs. If you are choosing those with long life span, be ready to maintain it though all that time.

6. Pet insurance

Pet insurance helps you to manage the maintenance cost of the bearded dragon. It helps you plan for your pet’s health. Ensure that the bearded dragon is insured before buying it. Confirm whether the insurance providers are legal by checking their track record.  Know whether the type of insurance will fit with your plan.

7. Equipment

The equipment that you will use to set up an Exo -terra habitat will either be wooden or glass. Each type has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. With wood, the kit is easy to make and suitable for beardies that need high level of humidity. On the downside, a wooden kit has the disadvantage of staying dirty for longer.  A glass habitat is easy to sterilize and clean. On the downside, it is less brittle; it can break easily. It is also expensive.

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