Bearded dragons as pets
Bearded dragons are popularly kept as pets. They are interesting, fascinating, weird and different from many other pets, which makes it non-surprising to see that Bearded dragons are still gaining popularity as pets.
Since banning their export from Australia in the 1960’s, the availability of captive bred Bearded dragons has made it possible to obtain them legally in many countries (including South Africa). This, together with their adaptability, calm nature, small size and easy-to-meet requirements, has made Bearded dragons the number one pet lizard is many countries.
Even considered to be exotic and rarer than most other pets, the likelihood of being sold from a pet shop is almost the same as for aquarium fish. The price of purchasing a Bearded dragon is also fairly favourable. Pet Bearded dragons are extremely hardy lizards and will almost adapt in any home.
Bearded dragons are relatively small in comparison with Green iguanas (Iguana iguana) and do not need as much physical space. A fully set-up Bearded dragon enclosure will take the same amount of space as a large aquarium. Albeit curious, Bearded dragons make no noise, are almost odourless and, while safely in their enclosure, will cause no nuisance. Compared to dogs and cats, Bearded dragons need very little effort in the form of attention and exercise.
Bearded dragons are sun basking (heliothermic) animals which means they can be appreciated in their enclosure throughout the day. Being curious by nature they are quite active which allows for interesting interactions and observations. Having a docile temperament, Bearded dragons can be handled easily. Because of their hardiness they are more suitable for handling by younger people.