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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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2016 Bearded Dragon Calendars are now available!

Posted Sunday November 8, 2015
ImageImage Yes, it's that time of year again! Thanks to all the members who submitted the beautiful pictures of their bearded dragons for the 2016 calendars. This time, we have ourselves FIVE (5) new calendars for 2016!! More than 125 bearded dragons from our community strutting their stuff to bring you 2016 with bearded dragon style!! We have Calendar A, Calendar B, Calendar C, Calendar D, and Calendar E as your options! Order one! Order them all!!

Profits from the calendars contribute towards the cost and management of BeardedDragon.org! All calendars are available at the Beardie Stuff Store. To comment or discuss, check out this announcement topic.

NOTE: CafePress has done some weird things with calendars. When ordering MAKE SURE to indicate the starting month as January, unless you explicitly want a different starting month for your calendar.

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.

Bearded Dragons Can Change Their Gender!

Posted Sunday July 26, 2015
ImageSo, it seems that bearded dragons are capable of changing their gender under circumstances of extreme heat. Specifically, male bearded dragons with specific chromosomes can become female.

This is believed to be a genetic trait evolved with the effect of keeping the species alive during extreme times, as more females can lay more eggs, and thus increase the chances of survival of the species.

However, it's worth noting that this has not yet been observed in nature. The reasons for this can be complex. One theory is that it's possible that certain conditions in nature counteract this effect

"The findings suggest that as global temperatures rise, bearded dragons can quickly change their sex determination process from one governed by chromosomes to one governed by temperature." - ABC Science

I have to say, with all my years of having kept bearded dragons, this was one discovery I wasn't expecting to read about! Oh, and I know this shouldn't need to be said, but please do not try to change your beardie's gender by baking them with extreme heat.

If you'd like to read the original study, published in the Nature journal, it can be purchased from them directly.

A Bearded Dragon and His Cat

Posted Sunday December 14, 2014
What happens when you take one bold bearded dragon and one gentle cat and put them together? They become best buddies! Meet Puppet and Puff! These two are an adorable pair that very much seem to appreciate the company that the other provides. They enjoy lounging in sunbeams together, and even play dress-up. Although, I'm not so sure both of them are enjoying it as much as their keeper.

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But no costume is as adorable as watching these two bond over the warmth of a sunbeam!

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Happy Holidays, you two!

One thing I did want to caution for those who have cats and bearded dragons, please please please be careful if you choose to introduce you bearded dragon and cat together. It can be just as easy for a cat to decide that your beardie is a toy or a snack and injure the dragon. So, stay safe and keep an eye on them at all times.

Be sure to check out Puppet and Puff's Facebook page.