Caring for Your New Baby Bearded Dragon
Provide your new pet dragon with a heat source
You can use a basking lamp or heat pad, or a combination of both.
Turn bright lights off at night.
Keep the heat pad on at night to provide warmth, or an infrared light ( red lamp) or combination of both.
Do not let your dragon get in direct contact with a heater as they can burn themselves.
Bearded Dragons need a UVB lamp otherwise they will develop horrible bone deformities.
A UVB lamp is the most important item that your dragon needs.
Replace the UVB lamp once a year.
Turn UVB lamp on during the day and off at night.
A baby dragon can easily eat fine sand or bedding, which will make it sick.
The best bedding for a baby dragon is newspaper or paper towel.
When your dragon is 6 months old or more you can use a more natural bedding such as bark chips, make sure the bedding is too big for the dragon to swallow.
Baby dragons will eat insects and leafy greens ( varied mixture).
Dragons will prefer eating insects when younger and will start eating more greens as they get older.
Insects your dragon will eat include crickets and mealworms.
The insect must be a suitable size for the dragon.
Dragons do not use much energy in their daily lives, if your baby dragon does not eat every day there is nothing to worry about.
Supply your dragon with a shallow water bowl or mist the cage with a spray bottle.
Sprinkle a small amount of calcium powder on the dragon’s food daily.
Use a calcium powder formulated for reptiles.
IMPORTANT calcium powder is NOT a substitute for a UVB lamp.
DO NOT ASK ADVISE FROM A PET SHOP, PLEASE CONTACT ME SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
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