Reptiles are becoming more and more popular for people to have as pets over recent years. There is now a huge variety of reptiles available to buy from specialist pet stores around the country. From snakes to frogs, lizards to tortoises, as a nation we are growing to love our scaly friends just as much as the more common furry pets.
Bearded dragons are one of the most common reptiles kept as pets in the UK over recent years. Here’s five reasons why they make great pets.
1. Good Behaviour
Bearded dragons are very well behaved. They are very calm and dosile, and tend not to be aggressive creatures, making them the ideal pet even for small children. Bearded dragon owners will also comment on how intelligent they are, they will always know when it’s their dinner time and won’t let you forget it.
There are a few key behavioural characteristics to look out for in bearded dragons.
- Waving – This is when juvenile beardies make a waving action with on of their arms. They do this as a submissive sign to older bearded dragons, or even humans if they feel intimidated.
- Head Bobbing – When a bearded dragon feels like they have dominated something or someone, they may bob their head.
- Changing Colour – It is completely normal for your dragon to change colour as it gets older. However, if these changes are sudden, it could be a sign that your pet is unwell or stressed.
2. Easy to care for
One of the main reasons why bearded dragons make such great pets is that they are easy to care for. The most important part of their care is making sure their habitat is set up correctly with the right temperatures and levels of UVB. Once this is up and running, all you have to worry about is feeding them, keeping them hydrated and keeping their vivarium clean.
Their diet is fairly simple. A mixture of live insects and a wide variety of various fruits and vegetables is everything they need to keep them healthy and thriving.
3. Ideal Size
Bearded dragons are an ideal size. They are small enough that they can be accomodated in most homes, but large enough that they are easy to handle. An adult bearded dragon will grow to approximately 60cm (2ft) from the top of the head to the end of the tail.
It is important that you keep your dragon in it’s vivarium for the majority of the time to ensure it can bask and get the nutrients it needs, but you can let your dragon out to explore your home. Just make sure you supervise your pet to make sure it comes into no dangers.
No two bearded dragons will ever be the same. They are truly unique with different patterns and colours, to different behaviours and personalities. Some are very lazy, whilst some have lots of energy and don’t stop running around their vivarium. However, what most of them have in common is that they are inquisitive and usually mellow out as they get older.
5. Long Lifespan
The average lifespan of a bearded dragon in captivity is 10 years. You can buy a juvenile from when they are around 3-4 months old, meaning you will have many years with your pet. Raising a bearded dragon from a young age is truly rewarding, and you will develop a strong bond with your scaly friend.