Bearded Dragon Information
The Inland Bearded Dragon also known as Pogona Vitticeps is a fun exotic pet for any owner. Their popularity has been increasing year after year. However to properly care for a bearded dragon, you need to educate yourself on how to care for them first and is fairly simple. Here at InlandBeardedDragon.com, we want to pass that valuable bearded dragon information on to you through personal knowledge as well as shared knowledge from other experienced owners. If you are a private owner or breeder and have any valuable information you want to contribute or have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us.
Bearded Dragons are native to somewhat desert region of central australia. In the wild, you might find them basking on tree limbs or within bushes. Like any other pet, the inland bearded dragon can have a healthy and loving personality when proper care is given. Their average lifespan is generally up to 7 to 10 years (in some cases longer) and can get up to 16" to 24" long (nose to tail). They eat a wide variety of live prey, fruits, and greens. Baby inland bearded dragons become juveniles at around 3 to 4 months old, and become adults at around 1 and a half years or 18 months old.
Buying a Bearded Dragon
Baby or Juvenile
Now a days you can buy baby or juvenile bearded dragons at just about any pet or reptile store for around $50 to $100 and possibly higher depending on your location and if the dragon is a baby or juvenile. If your looking for a high end color morph, probably your best option would be to buy from an experienced breeder but expect pay much more of course. I've seen these colorful babies range from $100 to as high as $300 depending on the location, size, and color phase plus overnight shipping cost.
Buying an adult bearded dragon is similar to buying a baby bearded dragon but they may be harder to find. You won't find too many adult dragons for sale at pet or reptile stores. Again, you can reach out to a breeder but you will pay between $250 to $500 depending on the color and age. One other option is to find an adult dragon in your local pet classifieds or even craigslist. But please use your best judgment with craigslist with all the scams going around.
When you do take that step to buy a baby or an adult bearded dragon, make sure you have the correct habitat set up in advance. The habitat will differ slightly for a baby dragon than an adult, mostly with the tank or vivarium size. Once you take the step of buying an inland bearded dragon its best to let them acclimate to their environment for a few days before handling again. This also will reduce their stress level.
What to Look For
There should be a few things to look for before you choose your new pet. If it's a baby bearded dragon, take note of its activity level in the enclosure however don't read too much into it. Healthy baby bearded dragons when awake are typically pretty active unless their basking but even then they are pretty alert to their surroundings. Adults will be more laid back however they should still be alert to their surroundings.
If you can't tell the babies activity level and it seems sluggish in the enclosure, see how it acts when you hold it. If it still seems sluggish in your hands, it may be best to choose a different baby. It's not a guarantee that something is wrong with it but choosing one that is more active when awake and not basking is a better sign of healthy dragon.
For any dragon, look it over to make sure there are no missing toes or a missing section of the tail. Baby or Juvenile dragons that are housed together may nip at other dragons' toes and tails if they are not fed well enough or start to become dominant which starts at the juvenile stage. Look for any unusual spots, scrapes, bumps, etc. Check the nostrils for blockage. This could be a sign of a possible infection.