Bearded dragon costs

Bearded Dragon Costs
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Financially there are two different important factors for the new Bearded dragon keeper, namely the Bearded dragon cost and the price of buying one. The question one should actually ask is before getting a Bearded dragon is what will is actually cost me to keep one?

So many people think that there is only a once-off expense when purchasing a Bearded dragon. While the initial costs can actually set you back quite a bit, the ongoing costs must also be considered. Below is most of the important aspects involved in the total Bearded dragon costs:

  • The initial costs of a new Bearded dragon (i.e. Bearded dragon price)
  • The initial costs of Bearded dragon housing
  • The ongoing costs of Bearded dragon food
  • The ongoing costs to keep the enclosure clean
  • The ongoing costs of electricity
  • The initial and ongoing costs of accessories

The initial costs of a properly set up Bearded dragon vivarium can set you back quite a bit. It is actually normal to pay three to four times more for the caging and all of its accessories than for the dragon itself! A proper sized, good quality enclosure will last the lifetime of the dragon itself. Additional accessories such as proper UV and heating, a basking rock and a suitable substrate will also contribute to the initial costs.

Food, mainly live insects, is probably going to be the most expensive part of keeping a pet Bearded dragon. Apart from the need of having a constant reliable supply of live crickets, one must also consider the price of these insects on a regular, weekly to monthly basis. Although it is cheaper in the States and probably other parts of the world, a weeks supply of crickets in South Africa can easily set you back about ZAR100.

Vivarium accessories such as UV lighting need to be replaced at least every six months. Other hardware that need regular inspection and replacement includes the wiring, the heat bulbs and the vivarium substrate. The ongoing costs of electricity use also needs to be considered in this category.

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About the author
Renier Delport is a qualified experienced companion animal veterinarian with a keen interest in the welfare of pet reptiles. He's currently working at Vet Hospital Port Shepstone, South Africa and has been treating and keeping Bearded dragons and writing various literature on these and other fascinating reptiles.

Renier Delport is also the author of The Advanced Bearded Dragon Manual and other Bearded dragon related eBooks.