For the proper care of your reptiles, you can follow a daily, weekly, monthly, bi-annual and yearly routine schedule. The following is a bearded dragon care sheet, which lists the essential functions to keep your dragons happy and healthy.
• Feed your lizard and replace the water bowl with fresh water
• Remove the feeding plates and clean them after feeding.
• Clean the feeding area of any uneaten food.
• Clean the substrate of any fecal or odorless matter
• Check your dragon for visual signs of disease or problems with shedding of the skin.
• Spend time with your pet outside the enclosure.
• Bathe your bearded dragon
• Trim the reptile’s toenails
• Clean the enclosure thoroughly, clean all the elements such as branches and rocks
• Clean the surroundings of the cage, including the bottom and rear of the tank.
• Check that all heating and lighting equipment is working properly.
• Take your dragon outside to sunbathe.
• Remove all components from the cage and wash the tank with a bleaching agent. Let it dry completely in the sun.
• Remove and replace one inch of the top layer of substrate for all cages you keep outdoors.
• Visit your vet. Take your pet with stool samples to check for parasites or disease.
Also, you should know the nutritional needs of your juvenile and adult dragons. Below is a list of basic food proportions and variety needed to prepare a healthy diet for your bearded dragon, thus ensuring a healthy and long life for your reptile.
For minors and adults:
• 50 percent: – pre-fed, gut-laden insects consisting of crickets, mealworms, waxworms, and once or twice given a pinkie mouse.
• 30 percent: – Calcium-rich green vegetables, such as alfalfa, collard greens, mustard greens, dandelions, spinach greens, cabbage, broccoli, and green beans.
• 10 percent: – other vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, grated carrots, tomatoes, and sprouts.
• 10 percent: – other foods, such as bread, cereal, and commercial bearded dragon food.
Adults can be fed once a day and juveniles twice a day. Young dragon vegetables should be cut into smaller pieces and given smaller insects so that they can be easily eaten. For the young, since they are growing rapidly, they should be given more protein and fed twice a day. Your food ratio should include 60 percent protein, 25 percent calcium-rich vegetables, and 15 percent other foods.
By making a care list for your dragon, you reduce the risk of forgetting to do a household chore and neglecting your pet.
Your dragons should be taken out of their cage from time to time, so in order to properly handle your pet, there are a few things you should and should not do:
1. Do not grab by the tail or limbs.
2. Don’t grab it suddenly without warning.
3. Zoom in slowly and smoothly.
4. Place one finger under your chin and extend it under your body.
5. Move the hatchlings with the perch they are lying on.
6. Support the dragon in the palm of your hand, with its head facing away from you.
7. Do not press or squeeze any part of your body.
8. Don’t catch it with your fist if it is suddenly slipping away. Instead, block its path with one hand and, as you give in with your fingers, gently lift it up.