So you want to get a baby bearded dragon or an adult one? Great! Bearded dragons are great reptiles and absolutely awesome pets. Every dragon owner will tell you that. However if you want to get a bearded dragon you should be prepared. Here are a few things you should think about before you buy a bearded dragon. Of course I will also tell you how to make sure that you buy a healthy bearded dragon.
So here is a checklist for you with a lot of bearded dragon info. Have a look at it before you buy a bearded dragon.
The Checklist: Before buying a beardie!
- Did you do any research on bearded dragons? If not, here are 10 bearded dragon facts you must know before buying! (The article opens in a new window, so you can continue to read here.)
- Did you read a book on beardies?
- Do you have enough space for a dragon tank?
- Do you have the right tank including lighting etc. ? If not you can find tanks on a budget here: Terrariums!
- Are you okay with crawlies? Bearded dragons eat insects and other crawlies.
- Did you know that bearded dragons can live 10 years or even more?
- Do you know that your electricity costs will rise?
Still want a bearded dragon? Have a look at this before you buy the beardie:
- The bearded dragon should not have missing toes or a missing tail tip.
- It should not have missing limps.
- It should look healthy, not too fat, not emaciated.
- It shouldn´t tremble.
- It should hunt and eat like there is no tomorrow.
- Is it attentive? It should be!
- If the dragon has any disortions like a hunchback for example, do not buy it!
Preparation is everything!
A lot of people make terrible mistakes when getting a bearded dragon. Wrong tank, wrong tank size, wrong lighting, wrong food and so on and so forth. That is because really many people buy new pets spontaneously. However if you want to buy a bearded dragon it is critically important that you are prepared for the dragon. Otherwise your beardie might get sick, or even die!
Before buying a bearded dragon you should get a lot of info about these animals, if you are reading this article, you are on the right track
If you are an absolute beginner when it comes to reptiles, I recommend you to read a book on bearded dragons to make sure that you understand the basics.
Adult bearded dragons need a lot of space, because you have to get a big tank for them. Further dragons should eat insects and other crawlies, I mean they also eat salad, but you have to feed them live food at least twice a week. Are you okay with that?
When I was a beginner, it was a little bit weird for me to buy locusts and have them in my room and feed them my reptile. However I got used to it very quickly.
Still want to buy a bearded dragon?
You still want to buy a beardie? Awesome! I totally understand that
Here is what you should know when buying a bearded dragon.
Often times salespersons in pet shops want to make you think that you have to buy at least two bearded dragons, because they would be lonely if you only buy one. Do not believe that!
In fact bearded dragons are loners and most of the times it is better to get only one dragon instead of two or even three. Two males will most probably fight as soon as they get older. However the same can also happen if you get two females, you never know. If that is the case, you have to separate them. Therefor you need two tanks, for two tanks, you need a lot of space. Do you have that space? If not, you should only get one beardie.
Look closely before you buy
If you decide to buy your bearded dragon in a pet shop, you should have a closer look at the bearded dragon you want to buy.
In pet shops often times they have a lot of baby bearded dragons and they throw them all together in one tank. That means the babys do not have enough room and that can lead to oppression and even cannibalism!
That´s why you often times see bearded dragons with a missing tail tip or with missing toes. So have a closer look at the dragon and decide if you want to buy it.
If you even see some babys with missing limbs in the tank, I recommend to leave the pet shop and buy elsewhere. This would be a clear indication for an irresponsible pet shop.
However you can also buy your beardie from a breeder.
Also many people order their bearded dragons online. I have a lot of friends who did this and all of them were really happy about it. They got healthy little babys without missing toes or with a missing tail tip.
Here are some other things you should know when getting a bearded dragon:
- It should not be emaciated
- It should not be to fat
- It should not tremble or have problems with coordination
- It should hunt and eat with joy
- If you take it on your hand it should be attentive, it is also normal if it blares out a threat
- Look for distortions, if it has a hunchback or something like that, do not buy it!
There is not much to say about this, because I think you will get a little transport box from the breeder or from the pet shop if you buy a dragon there.
Only make sure, that it is not too cold for you bearded dragon while transporting it and it also should not be too hot, even if they come from Australia and love heat.
Further you should make sure that your dragon can´t see anything except the inside of the box while transport. It would be too much stress for it if it could see everything outside.
Put a paper towel inside the transport box, so the beardie can hold something.
A new home
You terrarium should already run and it should have the right temperature. If you do not have a terrarium have a look at this article. I compiled complete tanks for you which are ready for your bearded dragon. Simply choose your budget and get the complete terrarium.
I hope that this bearded dragon info helped you and I hope that you get a healthy baby bearded dragon and have lots of fun with it.
If you have any questions about anything, just leave a message in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to help you out!
Do you know any other things that are important when getting a bearded dragon? Let me know in the comments below, this way we can help new bearded dragon owners together
All the best,