Current Bearded Dragon Topics
How far would you go to save your bearded dragon’s life if your precious pet was afflicted by cancer? When cancer strikes an exotic pet like a bearded dragon, keepers are frequently left with no good options other than to euthanize their pets because the cost of surgery can be cost prohibitive for many people. What if you were to learn that Petco—yes, the same Petco from which pet owners across America buy their pet supplies, has devoted $15 million to help eligible pets fight the toughest battle of their lives.
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Now when you recycle or drive your hybrid automobile to work to curb the far reaching effects of climate change, you can feel good about helping your pet beardie’s cousins in the wild. Scientists at the UK-based Royal Society have recently released intriguing findings that suggest that climate change can not only affect bearded dragons’ intelligence but that this difference in cognitive ability persists into adulthood.
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Researchers from the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have discovered that bearded dragon lizards take their time to decide whether they are male or female. ... Using a suite of techniques including scanning electron microscopy and histology, the researchers revealed that in the egg, female dragons with ovaries also completely develop the male sexual organ, called a 'hemipenis'. "Amazingly, this male structure is retained until just before the females hatch out of the egg," Ms Whiteley said. "This means that during approximately one third of the embryonic development, female bearded dragons present as half male." Read Full Story Here!
Stop the press!!! Bearded dragons change colors based on environmental and social conditions!!! Oh! Wait... most of us who have had bearded dragons have known this for quite some time.
However, it's great to see real scientific research being done on reptiles and bearded dragons specifically. While we all know about the various social behaviors, color changes, and such, we know this through our own anecdotal experiences. With more scientific research being performed about bearded dragons, we may learn new subtle details that were previously unknown.
Be sure to check out more information about this new bearded dragon research!
Many people know that humans have sleep patterns. We have the different phases of sleep, including REM (rapid eye movement) and slow wave sleep. And in each phase our brains go into different patterns of stimulation than when we're awake and cycles regularly between each phase.
Well, it turns out that bearded dragons also have sleep patterns. This was previously not known. A new study led by Dr. Gilles Laurent from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany has led to this discovery in bearded dragons and is hoped to help us better understand how sleep patterns have evolved. A bit geeky, but neat stuff. Anyone ever wonder... what do bearded dragons dream about?
For more information, check out this article or Google search for "bearded dragon sleep patterns" under the news tab on Google.
In these colder months with less daylight, many of our bearded dragons decide to take a deep slumber. This can be very scary for the keeper of a bearded dragon, as they don't want to eat, they sleep all day, and in many ways, this resembles serious illness.
Georgina Rayner of Swell Reptiles (UK) has contributed a nice little article with helpful tips during this difficult times. Be sure to read the new article, "Practical Tips for a Healthy Bruiting Bearded Dragon".
And if you would like to read more information on brumation, check out our previous article on the topic, written by Denise Bushnell.
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.
I 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.
So, 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.
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.