If you’re thinking about starting a reptile hobby, a baby bearded dragon is a great choice to start with. Not only are they cute, but they make a great dog alternative if a dog isn’t an option. They’re one of the easiest pets to maintain. Plus in my experience, they make really good pets for kids too. They’re a lot easier to maintain than my turtles. Buying bearded dragons from an early age and putting in the time to care for them, including lots of petting, will yield wonderful results. I’ve said this before and at the risk of saying it again, you should never ever buy a pet on a whim so be sure you have the time to care for your new bearded dragon before you commit.
If you travel a lot you’ll want to check around to make sure you can find a pet sitter in your area (or all the better if you know someone personally) who doesn’t mind feeding your bearded dragon, live food. That’s definitely not something everyone can do. Of course, if it’s feasible, you could take your bearded dragon with you. My sister has been known to travel with hers without any problems. She just keeps him in a Rubbermaid tub with a rock for basking & a UVB light. He’s big enough now that she can safely put sand in his tub when they travel, without fear he’ll mistakenly eat it. She holds him when she’s out and about or lets him have the run of the place with his leash the rest of the time. I do not recommend letting them roam around in your car unless you are prepared to clean up dragon poo. It’s not a pretty sight.
You’ll also want to consider your bearded dragons housing before you commit to owning one. If you’re handy, you could probably build something incredible. And then there’s the rest of us, the not so handy crowd. A nice 55 or 75-gallon aquarium will give your new beardy plenty of room to grow and thrive. But please don’t keep it in its home all the time. Buy a leash and take him outdoors with you or if it’s a baby or really tame, put a rock outside and let it sit and bask. Keeping him with you as much as you can will help you form a lasting friendship.
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