Hey guys! I am a new bearded dragon momma! My poor beardie was actually found OUTSIDE in a breezeway at my apartment complex. A lady let him go( well I’m not sure if it’s a boy or a girl yet, I just say him ) all because he was her boyfriends and they had just broken up! Sickening. But he’s okay now. I am on here to learn how to better take of him because honestly I need help! My friend who found him gave me wrong information on how to correctly take care of him. So my beardie has had a tough start! But He is still young.. idk how old fore sure but he’s little so we are going to start over for him. I want to know what a baby can eat, how much and how often. I have read I need to feed him 4 times a day… well that may be difficult seeing I work during the day. Do I start with veggies now? I found a site to order crickets from since pets stores have a 40 cricket limit here ( ridiculous!!) Also, I walk into pets mart or petco and there tons of pre packaged food on the shelf. Is that decent to feed them? My guess is fresh is better. Any advice is welcomed! But anyway I guess I should take a look around! Glad to have found this forum!! I don’t know if my pictures of my beardie posted or not!! Yeah I could only get the one of him sleeping to post
Wow so you are awesome!! Okay so he is ready to upgrade to 40 gallon enclosure?? And I have the calcium and I ordered him herptivite ( which I think is a vitamin? ) as well. My friend had a dail thermometer and I am at the store now buying digital. Thanks for the Dubai roach site!!! I was trying to find one with no luck. I do have a question about humidity. I have seen it mentioned a few places and then some places it’s not mentioned at all?? So I’m just curious at how important it is. And what is BSFL?? The website for that would not load Bought him collard greens, a green bell pepper, and apple. I will check site to see how acceptable that is. I am sure more questions will come to mind as I got! I appreciate all the advice!! Edit— so I just got home and he did not touch any of the greens in there. That is worrying me a bit !!???
I recommend getting a digital probe hygrometer- place on the back center wall- humidity should be between 20-50 is optimal- you don't want it below 20 or above 70%-- when you get the UVB please let me know what you got and the bulb the T 5 and 12% bulb have the same distance requirements- screen plays a role as placement
OK it seems that the humidity has settled around 45% and I’m guessing I need to upgrade to a 40 gallon tank and get the light at the same time and also how often does he eat those on the fly larvae? Daily just like the roaches? Could he possibly just not like greens? I put some apple in there too and he did not touch it. Maybe still getting used to his surroundings?I will let you know when I get when I get the lighting
Yes the UVB is priority- what size tank is he in now-- yes the BSFL are a great staple feeder--- put those on top of his salads in front of him-- he's going thru relocation stress so his eating will be off but he should be eating something- the basking temps and UVB are going to control that eating so it imperative that you get that situated first- the basking temps start digestion and the UVB helps him absorb the calcium your using w/ out it he will get sick-- and the biggest concern is mbd- muscular bone disease along w/ many other health issues down to the skin/ scales
He is in a 20 gallon tank. Aw and yes. I can really tell he is stressed because he is hiding Poor thing. I think i have tried to do too much too soon with him. I will back off. And oh!! I will get a light for his size tank now !
Get the 24" Zoo Med it will come w/ a 5.0 bulb use that on the 20 gallon tank -- place it width wise on the tank w/ the screen butted up to it - get a piece of decor and set it directly under the UVB aprrox 6-8 inches under it ---- DO NOT get a Zilla or Thrive brand they are NO good --- post a pic of the tank when you get it set up ----
In the meantime take him out for about 15 minutes / day if the weather is 65 + degrees--- I would put him in a plastic tote NO GLASS supervise him -- do not leave him alone especially if its really hot there - place him in direct sunlight / partial shade do this every day till you get the UVB--- 15 minutes in the sun will give him approx 4 hrs of UVB --- it will be good for him -- decor is what every you want it to be I use a piece of decor that came from Petsmart it offers gradient heat temps--- looks like this https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habitats-and-decor/habitat-decor/thrive-driftwood-reptile-decor-54734.html?cgid=500116 lay the stick part on the floor of the tank w/ the big thick trunk part under the basking lamp --- watch how he will utilize it -- when it comes let me know and I will help you get it placed on the tank --- how is he doing? Please post another pic of him
Okay I will start doing that! Gets plenty hot and humid here I will have to buy him a tote. And I got one similar ! But I think I like the one that you just showed me better because it’s smoother than the one I got. When I got seems pretty rough and that’s why I haven’t disinfected it and put it in yet