Newbies Guide: What To Buy!

Written by Brandon (aka Claudiusx) on January 1, 2014
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Tank Accessories


You've got your lighting, your tank, and your substrate, but you still have basically an empty box. Here are some things you should put in it.

What do you need?
  • A basking log/rock.
Extra Info

Yup, that's basically the only necessity. Now you can go ahead and add lots of stuff, like more rocks, more branches, a cave, even a stuffed animal. The list of things you could add could go on forever. So instead, I will give you a list of things I don't recommend you get.

Any type of fogger/waterfall, water-feature. These are desert creatures. Any type of running water will raise the humidity, and possibly lead to URI's.

A water bowl is OPTIONAL! I don't use one, when people ask me I tell them they don't need one. It ultimately is up to you. I don't see the point in them. Your dragon will likely not drink out of it, and your dragon will get all the hydration it needs from it's food, and baths.

Any type of heating rock/pad/etc. should not be used - as covered in the Lighting and Heat section.

Any small items your dragon could potentially choke on.

Any potentially toxic items. Your dragon will most likely lick everything, and try to eat everything it can fit in it's mouth, at least once.

No type of deodorizer, spray, etc..


Food Items and Supplements


You should always have on hand fresh salad items. Which include leafy greens, vegies, and the occasional fruit.

Offer Salads every day!

Here is a good list of salad items. Try to stay with items color coded green. This will make more sense after you visit the site.
http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html

Some form of protein

Silkworms, butterworms, Phoenix worms/Calci-worms/Reptiworms, dubia roaches, crickets, hornworms.

Bugs to stay away from: Mealworms and waxworms.

Superworms can be fed to your dragon, if your dragon is over 16 inches in length. Do not break this rule.

Supplements
Extra Info

Yes, you want the calcium WITH D3, not without. Over the past year or two, the D3 scare has gotten way out of hand. Basically what I am telling you is you do not need to be worried about using a Calcium with D3 at all. It is much more beneficial than one without. The amount of D3 in the calcium supplement is so minimal, that to see any ill effect from hypervitaminosis D3, you'd have to make your dragon OD on calcium 100 times over.