What’s up? Hope your week is going good!
So, as some of you know from my previous blog or Instagram page, I received my first order of two female baby bearded dragons from Dachiu Dragons last week and I couldn’t be happier!
These girls arrived last Thursday and they have been acclimating to their new home nicely so far. I have both of them in my 55 gallon tank with one 100 watt basking bulb, and one 80 watt basking bulb. I also have the Reptisun 15 watt, 10.0 UVB light for helping their bones develop properly. These girls are very small (about 6-7in from head to tail), so they need all the calcium and UVB/UVA rays they can get to help them along in terms of growth. The Reptisun UVB bulb doesn’t emit heat, just the essential UVB emissions that aid in vitamin D3 synthesis and calcium absorption.
After more extensive research, I found out that bearded dragons should not be housed in an enclosure with sand in the bottom, or any other kind of substrate that they can ingest accidentally because it has the potential to get impacted In their digestive system -which could be fatal. I wasn’t aware of this before because back when I had my bearded dragon Louie in 2011,
she was housed in a sand substrate her whole life. I was oblivious to the harm it can cause the digestive tract if consumed (which it almost always will be consumed when they eat or pick around). I wanted to do right by these new girls’ and I went to Lowe’s and bought 16, 6in ceramic tile squares and placed them on the bottom of the tank. I have to be honest, I love the look of the tile even more than the sand! It’s so sleek and eye catching, yet it has so many benefits for the lizard. Some of the benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Ceramic tile is a natural nail trimmer- less work for you! 🙂
- More sanitary than substrate (bacteria doesn’t become trapped/easy to sanitize)
- You can pick multiple colors to use like you would sand (black, brown, grey etc.)
- When your lizard defecates, it’s easy to scoop it up and get rid of it
- Worms/crickets/Dubai roaches have no place to hide
- They won’t ingest it
These are just some of the awesome perks of having ceramic tile flooring. For our tile flooring, we used a dark brown and a lighter sand color together to make a checkered pattern throughout the tank. (See Below):
The tank is still pretty bare yet, I have to order a few hammocks online for them to get up into the higher places and I also have to rearrange their tank to give them more climbing space, bearded dragons actually love to climb! I also want to try and deter domineering behavior. This happens when you see two bearded dragons (or more) basking under the heat lamp and one is lying on top of the other. Most people think it is cute, or they think they are “cuddling”, but they actually are competing for heat and the one on top is the more dominant one usually. It does this in order to prevent the other bearded dragon from getting more “sun”. So proper precautions should be taken to make sure there are plenty of options for them to go that is separate, but also allows them to both get the adequate heat they need.
I didn’t feel like spending a lot of money on already processed wood from the pet store- because let’s be honest, it’s a rip off. So instead I went out to my back yard and found a nice dry log to put in the tank for them.
There are several ways to do this, since you can’t just go out into your yard and pick up sticks/logs with wild insects, bacteria and pests on them. Putting these in your tank would be detrimental to your beardie as many things can come off of the logs and get into their eyes, skin or digestive system. The method I chose was to bake the wood. This is as simple as it sounds, you find some nice pieces of wood and bring them home and bake them around 300-400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30-50 minutes. There are other ways though, such as steaming them with a hand held steamer or boiling them for a while. You can totally get creative here as long as you are sure the wood is sanitized and not wet when it goes into your tank.
So this is what I have so far, as far as tank progress.. I’m sure there will be more modifications in the near future. I want to get out there and buy some more things to fill the tank with. I am already obsessed with these little babies and I can’t wait to watch them grow into adulthood!
I tried to get a “photo shoot” going on the windowsill of my living room, and that worked for my fiancés beardie, but mine wasn’t having it. So you’ll have to bear with me on that one. The first set of pictures are of my fiancé’s Bearded dragon. She is a little smaller than mine, but mine also has German Giant in the bloodline-and is a pig with her crickets.
She’s a super colorful red! And very docile. My Fiancé is still working on a name for her, he has a few names he’s still choosing from. I know it’s been about a week since we have had them, but Rome wasn’t built in a day right? Plus we are still getting to know their personalities.
My girl is next, there isn’t as many pretty windowsill pictures as I’d like, but you get the drift 🙂
She was clearly done with the photos when she leaped up onto the screen. I put her back after I got a few more shots in. Like my fiancé I also do not have a name for her yet. I am really struggling because the names I like sound more like boy names and the ones that are girly don’t exactly fit her. She is very spunky and outgoing and definitely the more dominant of the two. I am torn between Roxy, Yoshi, Spyro, and a couple other ones as well. Hopefully the next time these girls come up in a blog they will have names!
Here’s a few pictures of them together in their enclosure (sorry for the water line marks in some of these), this enclosure was used as an old fish tank. My fiancé and I are planning on building a new larger enclosure for them when we eventually buy a house, but for now I think 55 gallons is plenty of room for the babies.
One thing I noticed about them is that they both get up on their log and “wave.” It’s so hysterically funny because it’s such a slow wave. This is a simple sign of submission or animal recognition in which the bearded dragon will wave at the sight of another bearded dragon (or animal) approaching. So I guess in a way, it is a submissive “hello” wave 🙂
Well thanks for reading guys, I hope you liked the pics and the update! Feel free to post pictures of your beardies in the comments. I love seeing other peoples animals!
I’ll talk to you soon!