Bearded dragons in the wild
Bearded dragons once were, and technically speaking still are, wild animals. If you take popular household pets, like dogs, the domestication process started years and years ago. A matter of fact is that it takes about seven generations for this species to tame down to be handled by man. Bearded dragons on the other hand has only be introduced as household pets a few decades ago.
Wild bearded dragons
By studying Bearded dragons in their natural environments one can get an idea how to keep them happy in as pets. In the wild, Bearded dragons prefer arid eucalyptis and acacia velds, brushlands, sandy and rocky plains and short grass velds. Wild Bearded dragons spend much of their time in bushes and trees or basking on rocks.
Bearded dragons in nature eat a variety of small lizards, mammals, insects and plants. In the wild they feed on vegetation such as dandelions, other flowers and various seeds. Their main source of insects is wild beetles.
The Australian desert
By looking at the harsh environments wild Bearded dragons come from, it is evident that these animals are no sissies. The Australian desert, actually a combination of smaller dessert, is classified as being semi-arid instead of a proper desert. The earth is covered with red sand and fiery cinnabar coloured rocks. Vegetation is generally sparse and there is large areas that are totally depleted of surface water. The mid-day temperatures rise to around 40 ºC / 104 ºF and night time temperatures drop to as to as low as 17 ºC / 63 ºF. Rainfall is very limited. Although this is true, Bearded dragons in Australia are perfectly adapted for these conditions. In fact, they are so used to it, that if these “Bearded dragon needs” are not met, they tend to get all sorts of health problems.
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