Jenn Smith: Don't be afraid to ask too many questions or ask for help!
Mikayla Tibbetts: Do research and don’t buy from just any person selling a bearded dragon. Look into the persons persona, lighting of photos, quality of dragon and reputation in the reptile industry from other owners/breeders.
Lisa Sam: Don’t buy starter kits!!! You will have to replace nearly everything in there in order to have a healthy and thriving dragon.
Kyle Cornelius: Make sure you have the financial ability to care for them. They can be expensive and do require special lights, foods, etc. Veterinary visits as well
Mike Potts: No cohabitation whatever the pet shop says
Joslynn Manos: Join community pages! You’ll get your best advice from the members you’ll meet!
Leah Weyers: Dragons might be desert animals- but they still require drinking water and baths.
Bricklin Dautermann: Never stop learning. There is always new information and different ways to look at things. The more you learn the better you can provide for the animal. Never give a bearded dragon as a gift! If you wish to gift one please tell the person. Give them a chance to do research, and then take them to pick the pet.
Christine Maher: Make sure you have a reputable reptile vet before getting your dragon. Don't wait for an emergency!
Nicole Lyn Vasquez: Learn, learn, learn. Always. But remember to have fun and enjoy them too. They're awesome and have their own personalities. And with any critter, if you don't plan on being their forever home, DON'T get one!
Loryn Twitchell: Tube lights! Never use coil uvb, as they don’t put out consistent uvb light. Cheapest basking platforms that my dragons love more than the “mainstream” accessories are bricks. Hold heat well and are easy to clean. Plus, you can stack them and create all sorts of hides. Allow for multiple levels in basking area so they can choose how hot to bask at. Be sure the topmost layer is a safe distance away from basking light, as they can burn their backs. Heat rocks are a NO. They cannot feel heat on their undersides, so burns are quite easy.
Tara Strick: Look at the baby make sure it is standing high on it’s legs. No belly touching the floor. Make sure joints look sharp on the bends, not soft like joints are weak. Make sure it moves all legs with grace & speed. Watch the aim when it strikes at bugs, does it seem like great aim? And tongue looks like it helps grab the food? Not short or to thick? If you bought your bearded dragon from a reputable breeder this won’t be as big of a concern, but if you weren’t so lucky these could be signs of genetic faults & unhealthy babies. I really wish I knew what healthy movement & strength looked like when I got my first dragon.
Joslynn Manos: Watch your dragons fat pads! Chunky dragons are good dragons! (Not too chunky though). A variety in diet is key! Dragons are picky little buggers!
Pamela Eve Pennington Nichols: Bee pollen will encourage young beardies to eat their salad.
Margo Harrison Woelfel: Have your enclosure completely set up with the correct temps adjusted over a few days before you bring your beardie home. Don’t buy supplies and the beardie at the same time.
Stephanie Morris: Be open to suggestions,if you post on any beardie page be prepared for some very opinionated people,not everyone is like that.
Kimee Mooney: Don't skip out on soaking your dragon!
Natalie Jane: Make sure you have some money spare 24/7. Incase of vet visits etc! Do not get a rescue as your first one. A dragons for life not an occasion!
Miranda Jones-Smith: Don't beat yourself up if you do something wrong! We are all human!
Emma Walsh-Hackett: Take your time to choose the best vet. Not just one who's cheap or convenient but one you really trust. If you need to see them, you'll feel better knowing you've put your dragon in the best hands.
Elizabeth Villella: Clean with mix of 1oz ammonia to 10oz water, wait a minute, then rinse until no odor.
Pamela Norwood: Learn about it take your time relax and enjoy the animal.
Hali Renea Hall: Fill salt shakers with supplements to sprinkle on bugs /salads. This changed my life.
Erin Dishong: Have a backup vet if possible u cant always get into your vet when needed been there done that. now we have 2 reptile vets. Also have a backup amount in the office in case of emergency i have about 150 in file at the vets in case anything goes awry and i don't have the funds I'm prepaid.
Terry Reid: Research is key! And time they are like a kid.
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