Why Sand Is Not Bad For Your Bearded Dragon!

Is Sand Bad For Bearded DragonsThere are so many ways to create an awesome looking bearded dragon habitat without spending a lot of money. Getting a nice looking substrate can help here. Still, most people use newspaper or reptile carpet as substrate. Why do they do that? Is sand bad for bearded dragons?

Sand is not bad for bearded dragons. Sand is way better than reptile carpet for bearded dragons as it allows digging, which is a natural behavior in bearded dragons. Many pet bearded dragon owners are worried that their bearded dragon might eat the sand and get impacted from it. However, this can be avoided by ensuring a sufficient calcium intake in the bearded dragon.

I am pretty sure that you need some further explanation and this is absolutely understandable. Further, you can´t use every sand there is for your bearded dragon tank. Continue to read to learn more.

Is Sand Bad For Bearded Dragons?

So, as I said, sand is not bad for bearded dragons, but it can be bad for your bearded dragon in some cases. Those case are easily avoidable, though.

The number one reasons why most bearded dragon owners do not use sand is that they fear that their bearded dragon could get impacted. And yes, it is true, bearded dragons can get impacted from eating too much sand, but it is important to know why beardies eat sand.

As you probably know, bearded dragons need a lot of calcium at all times. Calcium is needed for growth and to keep a bearded dragon´s bones solid and healthy. Bearded dragons need vitamin D to process that calcium. Beardies in captivation can only produce vitamin D if you have a UVB bulb with a sufficient UVB output installed.

However, you can have the best UVB lamp in the world, if your bearded dragon does not get enough calcium, it will get sick. If your bearded dragon gets enough calcium, but you have no sufficient UVB lamp, it will get sick.

In the wild, bearded dragons exactly know what they need and they know how to get what they need. The Australian sun has a sufficient UVB output, so we don´t really need to talk about that, but how do bearded dragons get their calcium in the wild?

I mean, in the wild, there is no human who dusts their food with calcium, right?

Bearded dragons get their calcium in two ways. First, the food they eat in the wild contains way more calcium than the feeder insects we feed our pet beardies. It is a fact that wild insects contain way more vitamins and minerals than the mass-produced insects we feed them.

Second, bearded dragons eat dirt to get enough calcium. And this is the root of our problem and also the solution for our problem.

Bearded dragons can feel if they need more calcium and by eating dirt, they balance their minerals.

So every bearded dragon owner who has a bearded dragon that got impacted from eating sand did not ensure that their bearded dragon got enough calcium at all times. Not the sand is the problem, wrong supplementation is the problem.Is PLay Sand Safe For Bearded Dragons

Why Wild Bearded Dragons Do Not Suffer From Impaction

You might ask yourself now, why our pet bearded dragons get impacted from eating sand, but wild bearded dragons do not get impacted by doing this.

One reason for that is that bearded dragons do not live in the desert. I know that many pet shops say that they come from the desert, because they are not properly educated on all pets they sell. Bearded dragons come from the dry woodlands of Australia there isn´t too much sand.

The dirt they eat is a mix of soil, maybe a little bit sand, maybe some leaves and so on.

The other reason for that is, that the ground in Australia actually contains the minerals a bearded dragon needs. The sand we use for our bearded dragon habitats does not contain calcium and that is why pet bearded dragons eat sand over and over again.

They feel that they need more calcium and they think that they would get it by eating more sand. That is their natural behavior, but in captivation it is a sure way to get impacted.

So What Can You Do About It?

There is an easy fix for this problem and, no, the solution is not using reptile carpet, newspaper or kitchen roll for your bearded dragon tank. I mean, do you really feel good seeing your bearded dragon living in a glass tank that has no similarity to their natural habitat at all?

Bearded dragons love to dig. Digging is a very natural behavior in them, they love to dig caves and hide in them, they like to sleep in those caves and they simply like to bury themselves in sand.

So in order to give your bearded dragon the possibility to do that, you have to make sure that you offer enough calcium at all times.

Dusting every single feeder insect with calcium is a good start, but it might not be enough and your beardie might continue to eat sand.

That´s why you have to additionally offer calcium in a food bowl at all times.

I love to use sepia for this. I simply shred the sepia so that my bearded dragon can get small pieces of it whenever it wants. I don´t recommend to use calcium powder for that as it might be too fine for your beardie to eat. Get the sepia I recommend here.

Even if you do not see your bearded dragon eat that sepia, it will do so if it feels it needs it. I know people who believed that their bearded dragon does not need it, but the day came when they saw their bearded dragon crawling straight to the calcium bowl and eat a nice piece of sepia.Exo Terra Sepia Bones for Turtles

Don´t Freak Out If Your Bearded Dragon Eats Sand

If you offer enough calcium at all times and you made sure that your bearded dragon is healthy, there is no need to freak out if you see your bearded dragon eating some sand. Bearded dragons like to lick on stuff and it is not uncommon that they also lick on sand or eat a little bit of it.

A little bit of sand from time to time will not kill your bearded dragon, so just stay relaxed.

Is Sand Bad For Juvenile Bearded Dragons?

Juvenile bearded dragons are known for having a bad aiming when it comes to eating food. Their aiming gets better when they get older. Many people are worried that their baby bearded dragon could get impacted by eating sand accidentally. That´s why most pet baby bearded dragons are kept on newspaper.

However, if your baby bearded dragon gets enough calcium at all times, you should not have any problems with keeping your baby beardie on sand.

Yes, they eat sand from time to time accidentally, but it rarely is that much that they get impacted from it. Calcium deficiency is the real problem here.

Is Calcium Sand Bad For Bearded Dragons?

Even though calcium sand is okay for bearded dragons to eat, it can still happen that your bearded dragon eats too much of it and get impacted. That is why it is recommended to not use calcium sand, but to use normal sand and offer a bowl with sepia instead which ensures a sufficient calcium intake.

Is Play Sand Safe For Bearded Dragons?

Play sand is way cheaper than buying substrate in a pet shop and it can actually be used for a bearded dragon habitat. However, it should be made sure that the play sand is free from any pesticides and the play sand should always be mixed with clay.

Using only sand as substrate over a long period of time can be bad for your bearded dragon´s joints. That´s why it is recommended to mix it with clay. A ratio of 1:5 (clay:sand) is absolutely okay here.

This way your bearded dragon is still able to digg, but the substrate is firm enough so that your bearded dragon does not sink in all the time.

Here Is The Substrate I Recommend

I love to use the Excavator Burrowing Clay from Zoomed, which you can get here. Don´t get me wrong, I do not have a contract with Zoomed, I just think that this substrate is simply awesome to create a good looking, appropriate bearded dragon habitat.

You can create hills and caves with this clay, it is easy to clean and it is very easy to mix. I have written an entire article on that clay, click here to read it.

The video below shows you how the clay looks and what you can do with it.

Conclusion

I really hope that this article encourages a lot of people to create a habitat for their bearded dragon that is more natural. I think that newspaper or reptile carpet is not a good substrate for bearded dragons even though it is cheap and easy to clean.

If this article encouraged you to use some sand, leave a comment below. If you have some questions you can leave a message as well.

So, is sand bad for bearded dragons? Absolutely not!

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Why I Will Never Feed My Bearded Dragon Oranges Again!

can bearded dragons eat orangesSharing some human food with pets is something that most people simply love. There is no dog owner in the world who has not shared some food with their dog. However, sometimes doing this can even be dangerous. What about bearded dragons and oranges here? Can and should bearded dragons eat oranges?

Bearded dragons should never eat any oranges. Oranges contain too much sugar and fruit acid which can irritate a bearded dragon´s digestive system and lead to diarrhea and dehydration.

The following article will explain why oranges and even most other fruits are so dangerous for bearded dragons and I will tell you what happened to my bearded dragon when I fed him to many pieces of orange.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Oranges?

So, as I said, bearded dragons should never eat oranges. In fact, bearded dragons should not even eat most other fruits. I know that a lot of bearded dragon owners love to feed fruits to their bearded dragons, because their beardies seem to like it, but this can actually end pretty badly.

Most fruits contain a lot of water, they are high in sugar and fruit acid, but oranges contain even more fruit acid than most other fruits.

Those things combined will irritate your bearded dragons digestive system and soon your bearded dragon will have diarrhea each and every day. As you probably know, if your bearded dragon is suffering from diarrhea all the time, its digestive system is not able to absorb the nutrients of the food properly anymore.

So even if you continue to feed your bearded dragon, your bearded dragon might not get enough of the nutrients it needs so badly. For example, vitamins and calcium and phosphor.

Further, constant diarrhea can lead to dehydration in bearded dragons. Normally, bearded dragons are used to being dehydrated.

I mean, they come from the dry woodlands of Australia and usually, the water they take in with their food is absolutely enough for them. However, dehydration caused by diarrhea is something different and can lead to serious health problems.

It is not only the sugar and the fruit acid that can cause diarrhea in bearded dragons. Oranges also contain a lot of water and too much watery food can quickly lead to diarrhea in bearded dragons.

So, as you see, you definitely should not feed oranges to your bearded dragon.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mandarin Oranges Or Navel Oranges?

Mandarin oranges and navel oranges should not be fed to bearded dragons either. They might not be as high in fruit acid as normal oranges, but it is still too much for a bearded dragon´s digestive system and they can lead to diarrhea and dehydration as well.

I have noticed that a lot of people in forums say that mandarin oranges and navel oranges are okay, but actually they are the same as normal oranges. Do not feed them to your bearded dragon, there are so many other things you can feed your beardie.Should bearded dragons eat oranges?

Bearded Dragons Are Omnivores

So you might ask yourself why your bearded dragon loves eating oranges and and other fruits if they are so bad for a bearded dragon.

The majority of bearded dragon owners does not know that bearded dragons are actually omnivores. This means that they eat just about everything they are able to catch or reach.

In the wild, this is absolutely no problem. If they find a fruit, they will eat a little bit from that fruit and on the next day they need to find or hunt something different or they do not find anything at all.

So even if bearded dragons eat things they should not eat in the wild, they won´t be able to eat it every day in most cases and their digestive system can deal with that once in a while.

However, in captivation, most bearded dragons are simply overfed. They eat way more than they should eat and they eat way too much of the same things. That´s why a lot of bearded dragons refuse to eat greens.

Some bearded dragons even refuse to eat anything other than mealworms. That´s because they are overfed and ate too much of the same food for a long period of time. They can actuall get addicted to mealworms and other food that is high in fat.

I have written an entire article on bearded dragons and mealworms, if you still feed mealworms, I highly recommend to read it. Click here to read my article on beardies and mealworms.

This Happened To My Bearded Dragon When I Fed It Oranges

So let´s get to my story.

When I was a beginner when it came to bearded dragons, I also liked to feed my bearded dragons a lot of fruits. Today, I actually do not feed any fruits at all and my bearded dragons are absolutely fine.

Still, back in the day I thought it was fun to share some of my “human” food with my bearded dragon. As most bearded dragons, my beardie loved the oranges and ate a lot of it in a short period of time.

So as I told you above, fruits with lots of sugar, fruit acid and water can irritate a beardie´s digestive system and this was exactly what happened. My bearded dragon had diarrhea for several days and even though I went to my reptile vet, it did not stop.

I sent my vet a stool sample of my bearded dragon and it turned out that my bearded dragon suffered from oxyures.

Oxyures are parasites that live in a bearded dragon´s digestive system. They are normal in bearded dragons, but if a bearded dragon carries too many oxyures, it can lead to constant diarrhea and even to impaction in the end.

My vet told me that the number of oxyures in my bearded dragon was able to rise quickly, because my bearded dragon had to defecate so often since it had diarrhea.

Oxyures only need one host to develop completely, their eggs are excreted with a bearded dragon´s feces and by being near its feces or crawling through its feces, a bearded dragon can reinfect itself over and over again.

Even if you remove the feces quickly, there can still be eggs in your beardie tank.

The picture below is showing a bearded dragon´s feces infested with those parasites.

Isn´t that crazy? All this only because I fed my bearded dragon oranges. Well, that´s how I learned that I shouldn´t feed my bearded dragon fruits and that I should always have a quarantine tank.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a couple of further questions a lot of people have when it comes to this topic. Here are the most common questions.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Orange Peels?

Bearded dragons should not eat oranges nor orange peels. Most peels and fruit skins are contaminated with pesticides which can lead to serious health problems and even death in bearded dragons.

Can Bearded Dragons Drink Orange Juice?

Bearded dragons should never drink orange juice. Oranges contain way too much fruit acid and sugar. Further, bearded dragons do not need to drink much and the taste of the orange juice could lead to an excessive water intake. A high water intake can lead to diarrhea in bearded dragons.

Conclusion

While not every bearded dragon will suffer like my bearded dragon did back in the day when it ate oranges, I think I made very clear why bearded dragons should not eat oranges and most other fruits.

So can bearded dragons eat oranges? Absolutely not!

Any questions? Leave a message in the comment section below!

Do Bearded Dragons Make Noises? 5 Sounds You Might Hear

Do Bearded Dragons Make NoisesWe all know that cats, dogs and especially birds can be pretty noisy sometimes. This could not only get on your nerves, but also on your neighbor´s nerves. So what about bearded dragons? Do bearded dragons make noises?

Bearded dragons do not have vocal cords, their communication is done by body language. They can hiss if they feel threatened, but they can´t make any real sounds like a dog, for example. However, the crickets that bearded dragons eat can be pretty noisy at times.

Still, only because bearded dragons can´t make any noises, it does not mean that you won´t ever hear anything from your bearded dragon. In fact, there are a couple of noises you are going to hear from your bearded dragon and you should actually pay close attention to some of them. Continue to read to learn more.

Do Bearded Dragons Make Noises?

As I said above, bearded dragons do not make any noises. At least not like we do or other animals like dogs or cats do.

Bearded dragons and other reptiles rarely make any noises, because they communicate only by body language. In fact, bearded dragons have a very clear body language which makes it easy to understand what they want from you.

For example, bearded dragons use head bobbing to show dominance or to show that they are ready to mate. They wave with their arms to show submission. I am sure you already have seen some videos on Youtube that shows a bearded dragon waving. It looks actually pretty funny.

Their body language is perfectly suited to their lifes in the wild. Bearded dragons are territorial and have very good eyes. If they see another bearded dragon entering their territory, they can tell the intruder by showing a certain body language that it has to go or that it is allowed to stay from the distance.

The coloring in bearded dragons also plays a big role in communication. If you thought till now that only chameleons can change their color, you were wrong. While bearded dragons cannot show completely different colors, they can show brighter or darker colors.

For example, they can color their beard black to show that they feel discomfort. A black beard is also used while mating. If you want to learn more about that, read this article about bearded dragons and black beards.

So now you know why bearded dragons do not need to make any sounds. However, which sounds can you expect from your bearded dragons from time to time?

Hissing In Bearded Dragons

If bearded dragons hiss, they always combine this with a very strong body language.

Bearded dragons hiss to scare any threats aways. Some people say that this is an aggressive behavior, but I would call it a defensive behavior as bearded dragons are not known for attacking out of nowhere.

Hissing in bearded dragons is a last warning. If you ignore a bearded dragon´s hissing and touch it anyways you will get slapped by its tail or you will get bitten.

Often times, bearded dragons show a very black beard while doing that and they also puff their bodies and their beards up to seem bigger and more dangerous. Of course, bearded dragons have to open their mouths to hiss.

Before you think that bearded dragons are likely to bite, this is not the case. Actually most bearded dragon owners never hear their bearded dragons hiss, because beardies are naturally very laid back and don´t really want to attack.

That´s why a lot of bearded dragons are sold to families with kids, but also to beginners.

If you want to know exactly when and why bearded dragons hiss, read my article on that here.

Glass Surfing

Some bearded dragons scratch the glass of their tank and it seems that they want to get out. Not all bearded dragons do this and while it is not very noisy it can get on one´s nerve from time to time.

There are various reasons for glass surfing. It could be that your bearded dragon has seen a fly or a spider at the other side of the room. Remember, they have very good eyes.

However, it could also be that your bearded dragon has learned that you will let it out if it shows this behavior. Bearded dragons are actually pretty smart and experiments were made that show how smart they really are. If you want to learn more about this, click here.

They Like To Dig

Digging in bearded dragons is a natural behavior. Bearded dragons like to dig caves and they also like to bury themselves in sand.

Unfortunately, the majority of bearded dragon owners does not allow this behavior, because they use reptile carpet or newspaper as substrate.

Why are they doing this? Some bearded dragons eat substrate from time to time. If you use a sand mix as substrate, it can happen that your bearded dragon gets impacted from eating too much substrate. That´s why many people avoid any substrates that could lead to impaction.

However, the truth is that bearded dragons only eat substrate if they feel that they need to balance their minerals. Offering calcium at all times will help to avoid this behavior in bearded dragons.

Digging is not loud at all and you should encourage your bearded dragon to do this.

I recommend to get a clay mix as substrate. If you want to know which substrate I like to use, read my bearded dragon substrate guide.

Is Your Bearded Dragon Sick?

Unfortunately, bearded dragons can get sick from time to time. While most diseases can not be heard, a couple of diseases can lead to a very weak hissing in bearded dragons.

It is not really a hissing like the normal hissing, it is more like a noisy breathing combined with coughing or even choking.

If your bearded dragon shows this, there is a good chance that your bearded dragon is suffering from lung inflammation, parasites or yellow fungus disease. If you hear something like this, you have to take your bearded dragon to a vet immediately.

Their Food Can Be Pretty Noisy

If you buy a full box of crickets, you probably will hear some sounds chirps from time to time. Depending on how many crickets you have bought, you could even hear that pretty often.

If this noise could get on your nerves depends on what you like. I love those sounds actually and I know a lot of people who also love them.

Still, if you don´t want to hear those sounds, there is an easy fix. Simply buy dubia roaches instead of crickets. Dubia roaches are way healthier for your bearded dragon and they are absolutely silent.

Frequently Asked Questions

So you just have learned that bearded dragons are pretty silent creatures, but there are still a couple of questions left that a lot of people ask all the time.

Are Bearded Dragons Noisy At Night?

Bearded dragons do not have vocal cords and are not able to make any noises. Besides that, bearded dragons are diurnal, which means that they sleep during the night and are active during the day.

Do Bearded Dragons Have Vocal Cords?

Bearded dragons and other reptiles do not have vocal cords and therefore are not able to make any sounds. The only lizards that have vocal cords are geckos.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a very quiet and awesome pet, the bearded dragon is the pet you need. Always make sure that everything is okay with your bearded dragon if you hear any weird noises from it.

So, do bearded dragons make noises? Nope! They are silent 🙂

Any questions? Leave a message in the comment section below!

Source: https://www.bioexpedition.com/lizards/facts-about-lizards/

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Eggs? It Might Be A Bad Idea

Can Bearded Dragon Eat EggsWhen we have leftovers, we sometimes like to share our food with our dogs, right? However, what about bearded dragons? Can you share some of your food with your beardie? For example, can bearded dragons eat eggs?

Healthy bearded dragons that are not fat can eat eggs from time to time. Eggs are very high in protein and therefore should not be fed too often to bearded dragons as especially adult bearded dragons should eat less protein-rich food like insects or even eggs and eat more greens instead.

You probably have a lot of more questions when it comes to bearded dragons eating eggs. For example, how should you feed the egg? Cooked or raw? Continue to read to learn this and more.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Eggs?

When it comes to bearded dragon diet, the first thing you should know is that bearded dragons are omnivores which means that they eat everything they can catch or that you give to them.

It appears that pet bearded dragons are pretty picky when it comes to food. Most of them only want to eat mealworms or superworms. However, that behavior is not normal for bearded dragons – not at all.

Most bearded dragons become picky, because they are overfed and addicted to mealworms or other unhealthy food and that´s why they refuse to eat greens or other live food.

So if you offer an egg to a healthy bearded dragon that is not used to eat only mealworms, it will definitely eat that egg.

However, there are only a few situations when it is actually good to feed an egg.

Is Your Bearded Dragon Malnourished?

Actually, this would be the only really good reason to feed your bearded dragon an egg – if your beardie is malnourished.

Eggs contain a lot of protein which will make it easier for your bearded dragon to pack on weight quickly. Still, if your bearded dragon is sick and doesn´t want to eat at all, you might have to mix the eggs with a couple of other foods and force feed your bearded dragon.

If you never did this before and if you are not an expert when it comes to bearded dragons, it is not recommended to do this. Instead, take your bearded dragon to a reptile vet and ask them what you should do.

They will show you how to force feed your bearded dragon and they will tell you if your bearded dragon should eat eggs during this time.

The Dangers Of Too Much Protein

I don´t have to tell you that eggs are very high in protein and while protein normally is good for bearded dragons, it can be bad for bearded dragons if they get too much of it.

Baby bearded dragons need a lot of protein and that´s why it is recommended to feed them live food every day. Crickets, roaches, mealworms and so on all contain more protein than most vegetables and salads and that´s why baby bearded dragons should eat more meat instead of greens.

However, adult bearded dragons do not need so much protein anymore and should actually eat more greens instead of meat. Some people even only feed their bearded dragons live food two times per week and their bearded dragons are fine.

Too much protein and fat can lead to diseases like fatty liver disease. Protein in high doses simply makes a bearded dragon fat. Normally bearded dragons lose the weight they gained during brumation, but sometimes it can become too much and the beardie is still fat after waking up again.can bearded dragon eat scrambled eggs

Further, not every bearded dragon owner knows what to do during brumation and that´s why a lot of bearded dragons are not able to brumate properly.

If you feed live food almost every day and if your bearded dragon is refusing to eat greens, it is not recommended to feed eggs as this could lead to an even quicker weight increase.

I know that a lot of people like to feed their bearded dragons a lot of things as treats, but a fat bearded dragon, or a bearded dragon that refuses to eat greens or is addicted to mealworms should not get any treats from you.

If you want to learn how to get your bearded dragon to eat greens again quickly, click here to get my ebook on that.

If you want to learn why mealworms are so bad for bearded dragons, click here to read my article on that.

Eggs Contain A Lot Of Vitamins

As you just have learned, the egg itself is not the problem here. The problem is that the majority of bearded dragon owners was misinformed by pet shops or by confusing forums on the internet and they feed their bearded dragons stuff that is just too high in protein and fat.

Eggs are actually very healthy, whether for humans or for bearded dragons. They contain a lot of vitamins and if eggs weren´t so high in protein they were actually a pretty good food for a lot of reptiles.

Here are the vitamins chicken eggs contain:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B12

Especially vitamin D is perfect for bearded dragons. Bearded dragons need vitamin D to process calcium. If they are not able to produce or to get vitamin D they are not able to process calcium and that leads to soft bones and deformations.

Bearded dragons in captivation need a UVB lamp in their tank to be able to produce vitamin D. In the wild, they need the sun for that.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are like most people, you might have a couple of more questions on this topic. That´s why I have listed the most common questions below when it comes to beardies eating eggs.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Egg Yolk?

Bearded dragons can eat egg yolks and egg whites. Still, both egg yolks and egg whites should only be fed from time to time as treats as they are both high in protein, which can lead to a quick gain in weight.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Egg Shells?

Egg shells are high in calcium and can be good for a bearded dragon. Egg shells should always be boiled and nearly pulverised before they are fed to a bearded dragon to minimize the risk of diseases and digestion problems in the bearded dragon.

Actually, it is a very good idea to offer a further source of calcium to your bearded dragon. The majority of pet bearded dragons doesn´t get enough calcium. That is why a lot of bearded dragons eat substrate and get impacted.

Bearded dragons only eat substrate in order to balance their minerals. So if you offer another source of calcium, a bearded dragon has no reason to eat substrate anymore and will eat the egg shells instead.

No risk of impaction anymore.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Raw Eggs?

It is not recommended to feed a bearded dragon raw eggs nor unboiled egg shells. Both contain bacteria which can lead to deadly diseases in a bearded dragon. Boiling the egg will kill off any bacteria and make the egg safe to feed to a bearded dragon.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Quail Eggs?

Quail eggs have almost the same nutrients as chicken eggs. Both should only be fed as treats to bearded dragons as they are both very high in protein. Adult bearded dragons should not eat too much protein as this can lead to overweight.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Scrambled Eggs?

Eggs should only be fed as treats to bearded dragons as they are very high in protein and adult bearded dragons should not get too much protein. It doesn´t matter if they eat scrambled eggs or hard boiled eggs, as long as the egg is properly cooked. Unboiled eggs and egg shells contain bacteria and can lead to diseases in bearded dragons.

Conclusion

As you see, there are not a lot of good reasons to feed chicken eggs or quail eggs to a bearded dragon.

Even though eggs are high in a lot of good vitamins, they are also very high in protein and adult bearded dragons do not really need so much protein on a regular base.

Feeding healthy live food like dubia roaches a couple of days per week is absolutely enough to make sure that your bearded dragon gets enough protein.

Please do not just feed your bearded dragon eggs, because you think it is fun. Too much of such treats can make your bearded dragon fat and sick.

So, can bearded dragons eat eggs? Yes, but they shouldn´t too often.

Source: https://www.eggs.ca/eggs101/view/161/egg-nutrition

Source: https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/128/2

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Other Reptiles?

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Other ReptilesIf you have a bearded dragon and a big terrarium, you might ask yourself if you could put another species in that tank together with your bearded dragon. However, can bearded dragons live with other reptiles?

Bearded dragons are solitary animals and shouldn´t even be kept with other bearded dragons. However, keeping them together with another species can sometimes work with a habitat that offers a lot of space and with a reptile species that has similar housing conditions as bearded dragons.

So does that mean that you should try it? How should you prepare for this and what do you need to know if you want to house two different species together? What species can beardies live with? Continue to read to learn more!

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Other Reptiles?

You would not believe how many reptiles I have already seen that live together with other animals. And I am not only talking about living with other reptiles, I am talking about living with all kinds of animals.

I have seen green basilisks living with birds, yes, birds! I have seen bearded dragons living with turtles and also bearded dragons living with monitor lizards and it seemed to work.

It seems that bearded dragons mostly have problems with living with other bearded dragons.

Most bearded dragons are sold in groups, even though bearded dragons are solitary animals. So why does that even happen?

Well, the majority of pet shops like to make some good money and selling two or more bearded dragons brings in more money than just selling one beardie. Besides that, they can then sell you a bigger tank, a more expensive lighting bulb, a bigger background, more substrate and so on and so forth and this makes them so much more money.

However, sometimes keeping bearded dragons together with bearded dragons or other reptile species can work, but there are a couple of things you have to keep in mind before doing this.

Before you really want to try that you have to prepare properly and you have to do a lot of research, otherwise the animals could get seriously hurt or they could even die.

Put Them Together When They Are Young

If you really want to put a bearded dragon and another reptile species together in one tank or in one big habitat, trying this with juvenile or baby reptiles will make this way easier for you.

Both reptile species will have way more space in the habitat as they are still pretty small and besides that, the risk of one reptile getting seriously injured is way lower. Baby reptiles do not have as much power as adult reptiles.

While adult reptiles could definitely kill and eat each other, baby reptiles can´t really do any damage.

So to minimize the risk of injuries, try it with baby reptiles.

You Have To Get A Huge Habitat

As you might know, bearded dragons can get pretty big and keeping one bearded dragon alone requires a pretty big terrarium. Most people use a 75 Gallon tank or even a 100 Gallon tank for just one bearded dragon and this is a pretty good size for a bearded dragon.

Now that you want to put different species together you need to make sure that both have enough space to avoid each other if they want to. So it is not enough to just double the size here.

You actually have to build a habitat yourself or pay a lot of money to somebody who is able to do this.

You should not underestimate this, because every reptile can have a bad day and there are times when some reptile species want to be left alone.

For example, a lot of reptiles can get a little bit defensive while shedding, since shedding requires a lot of energy. Also, adult bearded dragons should brumate once a year and you should definitely be able to offer enough space so that your bearded dragon can brumate even if the other species doesn´t do that.what can bearded dragons live with

You Should Have A Second Tank

This brings us to another point. If your bearded dragon wants to brumate, but it is bothered the whole time by the other reptile, your bearded dragon won´t be able to fall asleep completely and this can lead to health problems.

Or, if your experiment just doesn´t work out and both reptiles are very aggressive and attack each other, you definitely have to separate them.

You should always have a couple of options here. You should be able to separate the reptiles with a separating wall or you should have another habitat where you can put in one of the reptiles immediately.

A Lot Of Hides

Keeping both reptile species just with reptile carpet and a coconut half won´t work. Actually, this never works no matter how many reptiles you have. You should always create a very natural habitat with a lot of hides for your reptiles.

If you keep two different species you might even need more hides. Having enough hides can make the difference between attacking and fleeing.

Let´s say the other reptile is scared of your bearded dragon and wants to avoid it, without a hide, there is no other possibility than attacking. Keep this in mind.

The Same Housing Conditions

I think I don´t even have to tell you this, but your bearded dragon and the other reptile species should have the same housing conditions. It is recommended that both species almost need the same temperatures and have the same UVB requirements.

It is absolutely okay if the other reptile needs a little bit lower temperatures than your bearded dragon as you have to create different temperature zones anyways. This way the other reptile would stay more in the cooler zone.

However, your habitat must meet the housing requirements of both reptiles otherwise one of the reptiles will get sick.

Multiple Basking Spots

There is no way that you heat such a huge habitat with just one basking spot. However, I still want to mention that you should have multiple basking spots.

This makes it easier for both reptiles to avoid each other if they want to.

Enough Food?

You should always make sure that food is available in a lot of spots in the huge habitat. Do not put all the food in one spot.

Put two to three food bowls with greens in your habitat and let the live food run around in the habitat freely. This way both reptiles have to hunt their food and can do this wherever they want.

Still, always keep a close eye on both reptiles´ weight. If one reptile loses too much weight you might have to handfeed it to make sure that it gets enough food.

Further, you should keep in mind that bearded dragons are always pretty hungry and if they don´t get enough food, they might try to eat the other reptile.

They Should Have The Same Size

Speaking of eating the other reptile, keeping bearded dragons with other reptiles species that are pretty small can end badly. While reptiles that are the same size or bigger could make a bearded dragon scared or angry, reptiles that are smaller could make a bearded dragon hungry.

The Gender Can Make The Difference

Male bearded dragons are very territorial. In the wild they have pretty big territories and they defend them with everything they got. If puffing up, hissing and showing a black beard is not enough, a bearded dragon will definitely attack until the intruder runs away.

Female bearded dragons are not territorial. In the wild they are looking for partners and male bearded dragons do not attack a female in their territory. Instead they try to mate with the female, but the female can choose to mate or not and it can leave without being attacked (male beardies seem to be gentlemen, lol).

So, as you see it makes more sense to try this with female bearded dragons. You have to do your research on the other reptile species.

Parasites Can Be Deadly

We humans have parasites and reptiles have parasites too. Some parasites are absolutely okay and reptiles actually need them in their system.

Unfortunately, it could be that a bearded dragon naturally has other parasites than the species you want to add to the habitat. The parasites that the bearded dragon has could be deadly to the other reptile species you want to put in and the other way around.

That´s why it is important to do your research on the different parasites bearded dragons and the other reptiles carry and check if they could be harmful for each other.

What You Should Know

The chance that this works out is actually pretty small. It can work for a while and all of a sudden, your bearded dragon or the other reptile could be dead.

So please do not expect this to work out, instead be always prepared for a failure so that you can seperate the other reptile from your bearded dragon.

However, if you follow the advice I have given you above, the chances that this works out rise immensely.

What Can Bearded Dragons Live With?

So let´s talk about a couple of  species a bearded dragon might be able to live with together. However, I also name species that should not be kept together with bearded dragons, since a lot of people are asked for it.

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Leopard Geckos?

Leopard Geckos are smaller than bearded dragons and the bearded dragon could try to eat the leopard gecko. Further bearded dragons naturally carry coccidia, a parasite that is normal in bearded dragons, but deadly for a leopard gecko. So it is not recommend to put those two species together.

I have written an entire article on this topic, read here why it is impossible to keep bearded dragons and leopard geckos together.

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Turtles?

Bearded dragons should not live together with turtles. Bearded dragons are desert dwellers while most turtle species need a lot of water, not too high temperatures and prefer cooler and moist places to sleep. Further, both species can pass parasites and diseases to each other.

The only way to make this work is to have a huge habitat where both species almost don´t see each other.

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Frilled Dragons?

While both bearded dragons and frilled dragons are solitary animals, housing those two species together might work if the habitat is big enough and both species have enough space to avoid each other. Both species have almost the same housing requirements which makes it easier to keep those species together.

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Uromastyx?

Some people keep bearded dragons and uromastyx together with success. Although the housing conditions are slightly different and they need completely different diet, keeping these two species together can work if the habitat is really big. Uromastyx and bearded dragons can get aggressive and both should have enough space to avoid each other.

Still, I would not recommend to keep them together. Uromastyx have a very strong bite which could kill a bearded dragon easily. A bearded dragon would have no chance in a fight.

Conclusion

As you see, it is not easy to house another reptiles species together with a bearded dragon.

It can work sometimes, but you should always be prepared to separate boths reptiles.

So, can bearded dragons live with other reptiles? Most of the time it doesn´t work, but if you have a habitat that is big enough you can give it a try.

Any questions? Leave a message in the comment section below!

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccidia

Source: http://riverwoodspethospital.com/coccidia-in-bearded-dragons/

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Leopard Geckos? Why It´s Impossible

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Leopard GeckosBearded dragons and leopard geckos are probably two of the most popular pet reptiles and since they are both beautiful, it could come to one´s mind to keep those species together. However, can bearded dragons live with leopard geckos?

Bearded dragons and leopard geckos should not be kept together. Bearded dragons are way bigger than leopard geckos, the leopard gecko would end up as food for the beardie sooner or later. Further, the housing requirements are completely different and both species could transmit parasites to each other that could be deadly.

Don´t get me wrong, I don´t want to be a buzzkill, but keeping leos and bearded dragons together will end badly for both reptiles. If you are having a hard time believing this, let me tell you why it is impossible and why the result will be horrible.

Can Bearded Dragons Live With Leopard Geckos?

As I said, bearded dragons should not be kept together with leopard geckos in one tank. Beardies shouldn´t even be kept with other bearded dragons.

It doesn´t matter how big the tank is or how friendly your reptiles seem to be. Sooner or later, you will regret keeping those species together. Here are the reasons why keeping beardies and leos together is impossible.

Different Housing Requirements

Bearded dragons are from Australia and leopard geckos are from Pakistan. Their housing requirements are completely different and it is almost impossible to find a way to make it right for both species.

The Requirements Of Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons come from the dry woodlands of Australia. They are very active throughout the day and love the sun. They need very high temperatures and a lot of bright light as this makes a bearded dragon happy and healthy.

You must have a very good UVB bulb with a very high UVB output, otherwise your bearded dragon will get sick over time. Further, bearded dragons are diurnal, which means that they are active during the day and sleep during the night.

If you need to know what temperatures and lighting a bearded dragon needs, read my beardie lighting guide.

The Requirements Of Leopard Geckos

Leopard geckos on the other hand are nocturnal, which means that they come out of their hides at dawn and hunt food during the night.

They do not need a lot of light, in fact a lot of people keep their leopard geckos without any lights as the daylight from outside is enough to simulate a diurnal cycle in the terrarium and they use a heat stone or a heat mat as heat source.can you keep leopard geckos together with bearded dragons

So while bearded dragons need a heat lamp, leopard geckos prefer to heat up their bodys on hot stones or in caves that got heated up by the sun or a heat lamp.

Leopard geckos need way lower temperatures than bearded dragons, and since you need to use a very strong heat lamp for your bearded dragon, you will have a hard time to create the lower temperatures a leopard gecko needs.

Further, some types of leopard geckos are known for having problems with UVB lights. You definitely can use UVB lights for normal leopard geckos, but albino leopard geckos, for example, might get problems with their eyes due to UVB lamps.

If you need to know what temperatures and lighting leopard geckos need, read my leopard gecko lighting guide.

However, you could actually make this work for both reptiles species in one tank. The different requirements just make it all harder. The next reasons show you where the real trouble begins.

Bearded Dragons Are Way Too Big

The difference in size is just too big when it comes to bearded dragons and leopard geckos. Even though most pet bearded dragons seem to be pretty picky when it comes to food and only want to eat mealworms, bearded dragons are actually little trash chutes.

Bearded dragons are omnivores and in the wild, they eat anything they manage to catch. If a bearded dragon is able to catch a mouse, it will definitely eat it.

If a bearded dragon is able to catch a leopard gecko, well, it will definitely eat it.

Before you ask, this is just the same with dwarf bearded dragons (Pogona Henrylawsoni). Dwarf bearded dragons might be way smaller than normal bearded dragons, but unfortunately even dwarf bearded dragons would try to eat leopard geckos.

The video below perfectly demonstrates how huge bearded dragons are compared to leopard geckos and what would happen if those two were together in one tank. This isn´t even aggression, this is just a normal behavior for a bearded dragon.

Male Bearded Dragons and Leopard Geckos Are Territorial

Talking about aggression, male bearded dragons are very territorial and they do not want any intruders in their territory. The tank it is living in is your bearded dragon´s habitat.

While male bearded dragons mostly show aggression towards other bearded dragons, it can happen that your bearded dragon feels that a leopard gecko is an intruder as well and kills the leopard gecko.

On the other hand, male leopard geckos are very territorial as well and they don´t care how big the intruder is. If they feel that there is a potential threat in their territory, they will take care of it.

Leopard geckos seem to be very cute and they look soft and friendly and all that, but believe me when I say that those geckos can do some serious damage to most reptiles.

If your bearded dragon is sleeping during the night and your leopard gecko finds it, it could happen that the leo rips off some of the bearded dragon´s toes or even the tail.

Both Carry Parasites

Let´s say you can make sure that nothing happens.

Let´s say that you have such a huge habitat that you can meet the requirements for both reptiles and it is big enough that the reptiles almost never see each other.

You will still have problems with parasites.

Bearded dragons naturally carry parasites and so do leopard geckos. However, bearded dragons carry different parasites then leopard geckos do and while bearded dragons are perfectly fine with those parasites, leopard geckos are not.

All reptiles excrete parasites with their feces and other reptiles can get infected with parasites from crawling through those feces or being near it.

So the chance that your your bearded dragon transmits some parasites, bacteria or viruses to your leopard gecko, or the other way around, is actually pretty high.

Why It Is So Hard To Keep Bearded Dragons With Other Reptiles

Finding another species that you can keep with a bearded dragon without any problems is actually pretty hard. There are a couple of reptiles you can keep with a bearded dragon, but there is never a guarantee that this really works.

I have written an entire article on this topic. So if you want to find out why this is so hard and which reptiles might be okay to keep together with bearded dragons, click here.

Conclusion

As you see, keeping bearded dragons and leopard geckos together in one tank does not make sense at all.

In fact, there are a couple of people who already tried this and ended up with a dead leopard gecko. If the leopard gecko was not dead, it had a missing tail or a missing leg.

I understand that you might be tempted to keep those beautiful species together, but don´t do it. This would be absolutely irresponsible and a complete separate tank setup for a leopard gecko is not that expensive.

So, can bearded dragons live with leopard geckos? Absolutely not!

Any questions? Leave a message in the comment section below!

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes? It Can Be Dangerous

Can Bearded Dragons Eat GrapesBearded dragons that are fed incorrectly, can be pretty picky when it comes to food. That´s why a lot of beardie owners are looking for food their bearded dragon might love to eat. So, can bearded dragons eat grapes?

Grapes can be fed to bearded dragons occasionally. Most bearded dragons love them, but they contain a lot of water and sugar which makes them inappropriate as everyday food. Bearded dragons should only be fed seedless grapes.

However, how often should you really feed grapes? Why is it bad for beardies that grapes contain a lot of water? Continue to read to learn more about this.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?

Most bearded dragons in captivation are known for being very picky and bearded dragon owners are having a hard time to find greens and fruits that their bearded dragon is actually willing to eat.

Bearded dragons often times prefer fruits over vegetables and that´s why most owners feed more fruits than vegetables. The problem is that owners think that fruits are as healthy as greens, since we all learned that fruits are healthy, right?

Unfortunately though, fruits can be pretty bad for bearded dragons and while bearded dragons can eat fruits like grapes, you should not feed grapes too often to your bearded dragon. I explain to you why grapes can be pretty bad in detail later. First let´s talk about how often you can feed grapes.

How Often Can You Feed Grapes?

Grapes should only be fed as treats from time to time. How often you can really feed them to your bearded dragon depends on your bearded dragon´s health.

If you have a bearded dragon that is absolutely healthy and is not overfed or fat at all, there is no problem with feeding your bearded dragon a couple of grapes once a week.

Further you can use grapes to get your bearded dragon to eat more greens. To do this, simply cut a grape in half and rub it on the greens you are about to feed your bearded dragon.

You can then put small pieces of that grape between the greens so that your bearded dragon eats greens by accident while going for the grapes. One half of a grape or maybe even a full small grape per bowl of greens should be okay here.

Why Grapes Can Be Bad For Bearded Dragons

There are a couple of reasons why grapes can be bad for your bearded dragon. Let me break those reasons down for you.

Grapes Contain Oxalates

I assume that you have never heard of oxalates. Don´t worry, me neither, but I did my research and want to explain to you shortly why oxalates can be bad for your bearded dragon.

Whether it be in humans or in bearded dragons, oxalates bind calcium which means that even if you make sure that your bearded dragon gets a lot of calcium every day, the grapes take parts of that away.

Grapes are relatively low in oxalates, but they still contain them and feeding too many grapes could absorb too much calcium which your bearded dragon needs so badly.Can bearded dragons have grapes

Grapes Have Seeds

I am pretty sure that you know that you can actually buy seedless grapes. Unfortunately, even though those grapes have less seeds than most other grapes, it is not guaranteed that seedless grapes do not have any seeds at all.

That is why it is very important to check every grape you feed for seeds. Remove every seed you can find no matter how big or small it might be.

Bearded dragons can get impacted from those seeds, which means that they are not able to have a bowel movement anymore until they get help or die. There are actually a lot of bearded dragons that died from eating stone fruits like grapes, so be very careful here.

If you already fed a lot of grapes and you fear that your bearded dragon might swallowed a seed and is unable to defecate now, give your bearded dragon a warm bath and rub its belly gently.

Warm baths can help impacted bearded dragons to relax and have a bowel movement. If your bearded dragon is not able to defecate for 7 days, you should definitely take your bearded dragon to a reptile vet immediately.

If you need more information on that, click here to read my article on bearded dragons that are unable to defecate.

Grapes Contain A Lot Of Water

You might be confused right now, because you always thought that water can´t be bad for bearded dragons. The truth is that too much water is actually pretty bad for bearded dragons.

Bearded dragons come from the dry woodlands of Australia and they are used to being dehydrated for a very long period of time. So bearded dragons do not really need a lot of water. Actually they get most of the water they need from their food.

While that does not mean that you should not offer a water bowl, it definitely means that you should not offer too much food that contains a lot of water. Grapes contain a lot of water and this can lead to diarrhea in bearded dragons.

As you probably know, diarrhea in bearded dragons can lead to dehydration and even though bearded dragons are used to being hydrated, diarrhea can dehydrate a bearded dragon way too much and lead too health problems.

If you want to know more about dehydration in bearded dragons and what you can do about it, click here to read my bearded dragon dehydration guide.

Sugar And Fruit Acid

Grapes are high in fiber, which is great for bearded dragons. But they also contain sugar and fruit acid and this can be pretty bad for your bearded dragon´s health. That is why it is recommended to not only feed grapes rarely, but to feed fruits in general rarely.

As I said before, most pet bearded dragons are overfed and way to fat. Feeding a bearded dragon foods that are high in sugar can make this even worse.

You won´t believe it, but reptiles can actually get diabetes and fatty liver disease. Many bearded dragons die from that.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the questions you might have had were already answered above, but there are a couple of common questions I want to answer here as well.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grape Skin?

Bearded dragons can eat grape skin without any problems, since it is easy to digest and bearded dragons can swallow it without any problems. That does not mean that bearded dragons should eat a lot of grapes every day, though.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grape Leaves?

While grapes should not be fed to often to bearded dragons, grape leaves are the exact opposite here. Grape leaves are high in protein and calcium and low in phosphorus. Grape leaves are the ideal food for bearded dragons.

Can Bearded Dragon Eat Red/ Purple Grapes?

It does not matter if the grapes are green, red or purple, bearded dragons can eat all grapes. Still, feeding bearded dragons grapes every day is not recommended.

Conclusion

I don´t want to be a fun killer here. I know that it is really cool to feed a bearded dragon those foods they really love.

And I also know that every bearded dragon owner only wants the best for their beardie, but those are the facts.

So can bearded dragons eat grapes? Yes, you can definitely feed your bearded dragon grapes occasionally. Just don´t overdo it.

Source: https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1920/2