How to Care for your Baby Bearded Dragon
3 October, 2012
A new pet named Mika, a Baby Bearded Dragon, joined petpav.com last week. I was struck by this cute little creature and wanted to learn more about how to care for a Baby Bearded Dragon. I did some research and now have a special affinity for these interesting reptiles. In fact, caring for a Baby Bearded dragon is very similar to that of a cat and dog, especially in their infancy.
How to Handle a Baby Dragon
When picking up a baby bearded dragon, especially at very young ages, try and scoop them into a palm. Often times you can coerce them into your palm and they will climb in when they feel the heat of your hand near them. Try not to pick up a baby bearded dragons by his or her tail. This seems like the easiest method but with their tiny size the strain could be harmful to their bodies.
All baby bearded dragons can be skittish at some point. Be patient and understand that like a young puppy, it is difficult for your baby to sit still. As your dragon ages, it will naturally calm down and become more accustomed to being handled.
Below is an informative video about the baby bearded dragons:
Baby Bearded Dragon Diet
Bearded Dragons do a lot of growing from their first day to about a year old with the majority of that growth happening while they are still quite young. Just like a puppy, they need to be fed almost constantly.
Just like humans, baby dragons need to be fed a lot. Ideally, you want to be able to offer a small feeding of a protein source such as pin-head to baby crickets twice daily and a small portion of greens daily to every other day.
When feeding, prepare your greens and size your food options appropriately. You never want to feed your bearded dragon anything wider then the distance between its eyes. Anything larger and you risk feeding your dragon something it may not be able to swallow.
Now is also a good time to get in to the habit of giving your live food source a “calcium bath” by shaking the crickets or worms in a bag with a little bit of calcium powder to cover them in a nice light coating. This will help your dragon grow as well as get them in the habit of eating food covered in the powder.
Habitat for the Baby Bearded Dragon
When it comes to baby bearded dragons, it is best to keep the young one in smaller enclosures. A ten gallon enclosure is great for the first few months of a baby bearded dragons’ live. At four to five months, it is best to separate dragons appropriately. While some can get along much longer, they can start being more territorial at this age as they develop. You can pair females together for longer, especially if they had already shared space previously.
If you don’t want to go through different enclosures, you could start your baby in a full size enclosure, but the small enclosure eliminates stress for the young dragons. When they don’t have to run all over a big enclosure, they seem to get to their food easier and the temperature is much easier to maintain in the stricter parameters necessary.
Do Not Use Sand in Your Enclosure
Sand which is typically used for other reptiles can cause impaction in your dragon and lead to his or her demise. As your dragon eats, there is always a chance of them catching a mouthful of sand. Impaction is basically the buildup of something hard to digest such as sand in the dragon’s stomach then intestines and finally bowel system which leads to an inability to pass waste which can ultimately end up killing a dragon.
Instead try using the reptile carpets, newspaper, paper towels or something similar to minimize the risk of unwanted soils being digested. You can even use cut up old towels or rags or anything else that is almost impossible to digest.
These are merely the basics to take care of your bearded baby dragon, but it should get you on good footing with your new reptilian friend.