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Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons are lizards indigenous to Australia, and are commonly kept as pets. These reptiles get their name because of a behavior where they can puff out and darken the skin under their throats, which looks like a beard. They are omnivorous, as they eat both greens and insects. Bearded dragons are one of the most popular of reptile pets. Please make sure to check out the wealth of information on this site to help you take the best care of your bearded dragon as possible.
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New Research About Bearded Dragon Color Changes

Posted Thursday June 9, 2016
Image Stop the press!!! Bearded dragons change colors based on environmental and social conditions!!! Oh! Wait... most of us who have had bearded dragons have known this for quite some time.

However, it's great to see real scientific research being done on reptiles and bearded dragons specifically. While we all know about the various social behaviors, color changes, and such, we know this through our own anecdotal experiences. With more scientific research being performed about bearded dragons, we may learn new subtle details that were previously unknown.

Be sure to check out more information about this new bearded dragon research!

Bearded Dragons Have Sleep Patterns

Posted Friday May 27, 2016
Image Many people know that humans have sleep patterns. We have the different phases of sleep, including REM (rapid eye movement) and slow wave sleep. And in each phase our brains go into different patterns of stimulation than when we're awake and cycles regularly between each phase.

Well, it turns out that bearded dragons also have sleep patterns. This was previously not known. A new study led by Dr. Gilles Laurent from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany has led to this discovery in bearded dragons and is hoped to help us better understand how sleep patterns have evolved. A bit geeky, but neat stuff. Anyone ever wonder... what do bearded dragons dream about?

For more information, check out this article or Google search for "bearded dragon sleep patterns" under the news tab on Google.

New Article: Practical Tips for Brumation

Posted Wednesday December 9, 2015
In these colder months with less daylight, many of our bearded dragons decide to take a deep slumber. This can be very scary for the keeper of a bearded dragon, as they don't want to eat, they sleep all day, and in many ways, this resembles serious illness.

Georgina Rayner of Swell Reptiles (UK) has contributed a nice little article with helpful tips during this difficult times. Be sure to read the new article, "Practical Tips for a Healthy Bruiting Bearded Dragon".

And if you would like to read more information on brumation, check out our previous article on the topic, written by Denise Bushnell.

Lost Bearded Dragon in Putney (UK) was Found

Posted Friday September 18, 2015
Image Bernard, a bearded dragon in Putney, had gone missing on September 2nd. His owners quickly took action and put up fliers and notified their local Guardian. They urged their neighbors to keep an eye out for Bernard, who may have been hiding in their gardens and yards. While Bernard had plenty of local insects to keep himself fed, the family was concerned that he was vulnerable to other predators and the cold of night.

But fortunately, two days later, Bernard found his way back home. He was cold and and hungry, but he was well. "Two days later Bernard appeared back at home, cold hungry and not giving any clues to where he had been or how he managed to get home" [Putney SW15].

As I had mentioned in my previous post, please be careful with your bearded dragons and keep a close eye on them when you have them out of their enclosure. They can be fast and sneaky! I, for one, am very happy to hear that Bernard and the Nielsen family are once again united.

Bearded Dragons Abandoned: There's a better way!

Posted Tuesday August 25, 2015
ImageI follow the news as it relates to bearded dragons, trying to keep an eye out for the latest happenings to pass on to all of you. I have to admit, when it comes to news, there isn't a lot of variety, as you might have noticed we don't have 2-3 new news stories to share each day. But what I have noticed is that certain types of stories seem to dominate the news. In particular, there seems to have been an increase in reporting about lost or abandoned bearded dragons. Individually, they don't seem like something I should post about, but collectively, it is worth bringing up.

In the past year, there have been many stories about abandoned or possibly lost bearded dragons. There's been Hector in Lake Oswego (lost, but found owner), the bearded dragon of Rhigos Mountain (UK), the "dumped dinosaur" of London, and our friend at Bradshaw Animal Shelter (California). There really are many more out there, but this would just turn into a long list. This issue seems to have made the news in the UK more than other places. And there seems to be increased efforts to tighten the exotic pet laws.

So, let's discuss alternatives before the government makes it illegal to own bearded dragons.

1) Make sure you keep your bearded dragon in a secured enclosure. If you're a forgetful person, open-top (as opposed to sliding front glass) is likely safer.

2) Always keep an eye on your beardie. They are not cats or dogs. If you just let them run around the room, you may lose track of them and they may find a way to escape. If you'd like to have your beardie enjoy a little outdoor sun, check out the screened reptariums available out there.

3) Do not abandon your beardie. Many people don't realize how much they end up costing or how long they end up living. It's okay. It happens. But don't make one mistake into a bigger one. It's not just illegal. It's cruel and unethical to just abandon your beardie with no way to fend for itself. They are not native to where you live (most likely) and cannot survive on their own.

If you need to find a new home for your beardie, many people are more than happy to help. The For Free forum is a great place to post about a beardie you need to find a new home for. Alternatively, you can also post in the Beardie Rescue forum about finding your beardie a new home.

So, please be careful with your bearded dragons. And if you can't take care of them, please put in the effort to find someone who can. It's the right thing to do.