General Bearded dragon care sheet page 2
Feeding, cleaning food containers, replacing water, poop scooping and removing old food residues.
Terrarium cleaning and substrate replacement. Replacement of heat and UV source (UV lights should be replaced every five to six months). Cleaning and sterilization of cage decorations and equipment. Diluted F10 can be used for effective and safe cleaning or terrariums or cage furniture.
Inspection of all electrical equipment, plugs & switches should be done twice a year.
Gently scoop up the dragon with your hand under its belly and always take care to support the body. Let them rest in your palm with your fingers gently curled over the back. It is important to always wash your hands with a suitable disinfectant soap after Bearded dragon handling, its food or its cage furniture. Also see correct Bearded dragon handling for more information.
Bearded dragons are ectothermic (relying on external heat sources to keep their body temperature at a suitable level) and poikilothermic (having a variable body temperature). A basking spot should be supplied (use a 60 Watt spotlight about 20 cm / 8 ” above a flat piece of rock). This will also provide most of the environmental heat. For Bearded dragons to thermoregulate, temperatures should range from about 24 ºC / 75 ºF on one side to about 34 ºC / 93 ºF on the other, the hot spot of course being hotter (about 40 ºC / 104 ºF). Also see Bearded dragon temperatures for more information.
To provide shade and a cooler surface to climb on, driftwood or a piece of stomp should be placed on the cooler side of the terrarium. Although not necessary, night temperatures can drop to as low as 17 ºC / 62 ºF.
Day length / photoperiod
All lights (including heat lights) should be on for about 14 hours per day. Commercially available electric timers can be used to automate the light cycle.
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