Questions that gets asked a lot is:
is the Bearded dragon price range?
How much does a Bearded dragon cost?
The question one
should actually ask is, what will
a Bearded dragon cost me? This answer to this very important question
is twofold. First, yes, what does a Bearded dragon actually
cost i.e. what will it cost me to buy a new Bearded dragon
(or to determine what babies are
actually worth for selling), but more importantly, what are the
maintenance costs of keeping a pet or baby Bearded dragon.
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. I will try to explain
all the important aspects involved in the total costs of keeping a pet Bearded dragon:
The initial cost of a new Bearded
dragon (i.e. Bearded dragon price)
The initial cost of
The ongoing cost of
The ongoing cost of a Bearded dragon
1 ) Because Bearded dragons are established pets and bred in large
numbers, their prices are
relative low in comparison with other lizards and even snakes.
Their prices are declining and will become very cheap in the
near future. I reckon a good price for a normal baby (six
weeks) Beardie is ZAR 200, or about U$D50 in 2009. There will
be a slight variation in the Bearded dragon price range
depending on your local availability.
In south Africa the
baby Bearded dragon price tag actually decreased quite a bit
from ZAR 600 in 2004 and ZAR 1 000 in 2003). Commercially
available pet Bearded dragon
become more expensive with age, while some colour and pattern variations
will also cost more.
2) The initial costs
of a properly set up Bearded dragon vivarium can also 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
cage or enclosure will last the lifetime of the dragon
itself. Additional accessories such as
Bearded dragon UV and
dragon heating, a basking rock and a
suitable substrate will also
contribute to the initial costs.
3) 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 ZAR
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
Always remember only to buy healthy animals from reputable pet
shops and breeders. Make sure to buy animals that are captive
bred in your own country and that it is not illegally imported
or caught from the wild.