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Date Published - 2013-10-01 Author - Neil Jackson

Taking Care of Baby Bearded Dragons

 Hatchlings or baby bearded dragons, like all infants require a lot more attention than older bearded dragons. Because they are growing and developing faster than the older dragons they need to be fed more often, need more water and their cage and environment has to be more carefully controlled.

Complete beginners should probably not try to raise hatchlings. Too many things to go wrong and the hatchling are more fragile than the older reptiles, which could result in an early death and pain and unhappiness for the owner. If you wish to take the risk and are aware of the commitment required, then these guidelines will assist you:

1.Smaller aquariums are perfect (15 gallons / 60 litre) are perfect for the hatchlings.

The bigger the enclosure the harder it is for the baby dragon to capture their prey. The live crickets can get away easier the larger the space. The smaller the enclosure the more the baby dragon will be able to eat and therefore develop.

2.To heat the aquarium use a single 60 Watt, incandescent bulb above a basking rock. The basking roc is not the same as the heating rock which could burn the baby bearded dragon.

3.105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 to 46 degrees Centigrade is the ideal temperature for the basking area. In order to digest their food the baby bearded dragons require more heat. Their metabolism is faster than the adults as they are still growing and developing.

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4.Ultra Violet B light is required and must be installed in the enclosure. This must also be supplemented with Vitamin D and calcium.

This light is not the main source of heat. Consistent heat is required and this is most often supplied by a ceramic heating element. This will easily heat up the entire aquarium with little difficulty.

5.The bottom of the aquarium should be lined with newspaper. Any kind of sand is not recommended as the baby bearded dragon will ingest it which can result in impaction, ie the poor hatchling is unable to defecate. This is a serious problem and the baby should be monitored, for regular defecation and that there is no change in the appetite. 

The huge advantage of hand rearing a baby bearded dragon is the life long bond you create with your lizard, so the investment in time and effort is well worth it.

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Date Published - 2013-10-01 Author - Neil Jackson