NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!!!

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NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!!!

Postby ericacon » Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:31 pm

Hello everyone,
I am a 22 year old from Canada and have been researching Bearded Dragons for about a year, i have finally decided to take the leap and get one.
I have a few questions:
Is getting one from a breeder scary? what if they die in shipping? What if my mailman shakes the box and I have to open a dead beardie? I am terrified.
Since I am new should I get an adult not a baby?
I seen someone rehoming a 2 year old female, and I am just scared she was mistreated and will hate me.
I also have been eyeing a little girl from a breeder, with one eye smaller than the other. Is this bad? Can she die from it? Unknown if she is blind.
Thanks :D
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Re: NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!!!

Postby JohnVLillywhite » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:44 pm

ericacon wrote:Is getting one from a breeder scary

For your first beardie, it shouldn't be "scary". It is a little nerve racking, but as long as you purchase from a well known breeder, there should be no problems. Breeders are usually very understanding and will help you through every step of the way.

ericacon wrote:What if they die in shipping

Sadly, that is an option. Most, if not all breeders, ship next day air for a morning delivery time. With that being said, the actual shipping time should not stress the beardie out to the point of death. I had my beardie sent from Florida (sea level 90+°F) to Flagstaff, AZ (8,000ft 60°F), and he was perfectly fine. However, the animal is being handled by the mail system. Most breeders will put on the box "LIVE HARMLESS REPTILE", so anyone with a heart will care for the box delicately. Also, most breeders ship their dragons in a breathable canvas bag, with packing peanuts, newspaper, and all that encased in styrofoam, so it is very safe in there.

ericacon wrote:What if my mailman shakes the box and I have to open a dead beardie

Again, that is a risk. You just need to trust the breeder, and trust people have good hearts and aren't going to shake a box that says "LIVE HARMLESS REPTILE". If you're mailman was to purposefully try to harm the animal, and you had proof, at least you'd win a lawsuit on it :wink:


ericacon wrote:Since I am new should I get an adult not a baby
It is up to you. Personally, I would get a baby. If you get an adult, you are taking the risk that the adult may have some "bad" habits. IE not eating greens, picky with what insects they like, etc. Also, you won't be able to track the progression of your baby. That's one of the best things about raising a beardie is watching he/she grow into an adult.


ericacon wrote:I seen someone re-homing a 2 year old female, and I am just scared she was mistreated and will hate me

If that is the route you want to go, contact the owner and get a feel for them. If you get a feeling they are abusive, I would stay away.


ericacon wrote:I also have been eyeing a little girl from a breeder, with one eye smaller than the other. Is this bad? Can she die from it? Unknown if she is blind.

I am unable to answer this since I am not a vet. You could always request the owner to take the beardie to the vet first to ensure her health.
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