The first thing many people ask when thinking about getting a bearded dragon is, “Are bearded dragons good pets?”. This is a very understandable question, since no one wants to get a pet then regret having it later on.
Out of all the reptiles available for hobbyist today, the bearded dragon is arguably the most popular and sought after. One of the reason for this is because they do make excellent pets.
Here are just a few reasons why the bearded dragon is the lizard to have as a pet.
One of the most attractive attributes of the bearded dragon is its appearance. Bearded dragons have a unique appearance that looks like something leftover from the age of the dinosaurs.
They also come in many different morphs, or colors. Many breeders have recently bred bearded dragons that come in beautiful colors, such as yellow, red, orange. One of the most popular morphs available is the Sandfire bearded dragon.
Sandfire’s come in different hues of red, that range from bright red and orange(that resembles fire) to light red (that looks almost pink).
Bearded dragons are one of the easiest pet lizards to maintain. They are not too fussy about what they eat because of the wide variety of foods they enjoy. Although bearded dragons do have a minimum amount of housing needs, they are not nearly as complicated to house as turtles or chameleons.
With just a few minutes of upkeep a day your bearded dragon will stay happy and healthy.
Bearded dragons have the best behavior as a pet of any lizard. Most enjoy daily or weekly interactions with their owners, and can be taken out of their housing and allowed to explore your home, or room (under supervision, of course). With the proper leash bearded dragons can even be taken for walks outdoors. They have a very docile and “happy-go-lucky” attitude that makes them the ideal pet lizard.
Many times bearded dragons will display other behaviors like arm waving, head bobbing, and the billowing beard that many keepers find amusing. Keeping a bearded dragon as a pet can be as entertaining and satisfying as a cat or dog.
Overall, bearded dragons are very hardy. Many captive-raised bearded dragons can live ten to fifteen years, or more, with proper care. As long as you provide adequate housing, a nutritional and balanced diet, and regular check-ups with a reptile veterinarian, your bearded dragon will live a long, prosperous life.
If you choose to bring home a bearded dragon as a pet in your home I’m sure you will have years of enjoyment with your new pet. It’s difficult to beat a bearded dragon as a great pet!