Adopting 2 Bearded Dragons???

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Adopting 2 Bearded Dragons???

Postby Drag0nGirl » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:55 pm

So I know this is usually a horrible idea, especially with males, but there are two beardies that have taken my heart but the shelter wants them to be adopted together. They are brothers and have been together for their entire life. They are a little over a year old, and there has not been a problem so far. I was thinking of getting them a terrarium that is 35" long, 17" wide, 35"tall, and making it two floors. The top floor with their lamps, and the bottom shelf with a heating mat under the slate tile. So they can have their own private time/area. Worst-case scenario I do have a backup a terrarium to move one to should they fight. Should I bother doing this at all? I don't want them to be unhappy by separating them, but I don't want them to attack one another and possibly hurt or kill one another. I just want the opinion of other beardies owners if I should adopt these two or not.
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Re: Adopting 2 Bearded Dragons???

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:16 pm

Adopting both sounds good but a 35 gallon tank is not gonna big big enough for either of them - you would need two set ups I recommend not keeping them together they will fight as they are both males and one will end up dead----- the rescue people should know this ------ you would need the smallest to be a 40 gallon for both ---- or get one huge tank and divide it but even then I would not recommend it - some others on here would have some ideas for you --- but keeping two males together no way
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Re: Adopting 2 Bearded Dragons???

Postby Gormagon » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:46 pm

Adopting 2 dragons will be a happy chore, to say the least.
I could not recommend that you house them together as dragons are solitary creatures. They will, sometimes tolerate another dragon but, only for a while in most cases and rarely for long periods. They might be getting along fine right now but, it could change in an instant. Slight changes in their environment can trigger hostility in some dragons and, it can turn brutal if not deadly.
So what I am saying is, you will need 2 separate setups ready for them when you bring them home.
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Re: Adopting 2 Bearded Dragons???

Postby MrSpectrum » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:28 am

KarrieRee wrote:....get one huge tank and divide it but even then I would not recommend it - some others on here would have some ideas for you --- but keeping two males together no way

Well, that kinda shoots my idea. While I totally agree with not trying to house 2 males together*, when exploring enclosure ideas, I designed an 8'x2'x2' with an optional/removable full-size divider, so it could become 3' & 5', 3½' & 4½', or 4' & 4'.

I believe claudiusx recently built a double (stacked) 4'x2'x2'; you can read about it here.
There are many other good ideas in the Enclosures and DIY forums.

If DIY isn't practicable for you, some of the custom enclosure builders can/will modify their designs to fit your needs.

*While they may have been fine up to this point, once you change the habitat, all bets are off--one or both of them may decide this new turf is theirs to claim & dominate.
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Re: Adopting 2 Bearded Dragons???

Postby Claudiusx » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:47 am

Do you have bearded dragon experience already?

If so, and you are willing, adopting both is fine, but I would suggest separating them still.
It really would be in their best interests in the long run IMO.

Let us know what you decide! :)

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