One of the most common injuries to a pet bearded dragon is burns. Burns typically come from the artificial heat sources needed to keep the lizard home in its environment.
Although supply proper heat is important for the bearded dragons health, there is a danger of it getting burns from the heat sources.
Here are some ways to protect your bearded dragon from burns.
Use a Screen Cover to Protect Your Bearded Dragon
Place a wire mesh screen cover between your bearded dragon’s terrarium and the heat bulbs. The bearded dragon can easily climb up and accidentally come in contact with the heat bulbs. These heat bulb can get extremely hot causing severe burns.
A quality wire mesh screen cover will prevent the lizard from being able to access the bulbs and will also prevent it from being able to escape from the terrarium.
Avoid Using Heat Rocks
Heat rocks are one of the most common sources of burns for captive raised bearded dragons. The heat rocks contain a heating element that is not temperature regulated and can reach very hot temperatures.
This leads to burns on the belly and hind legs of the bearded dragon. Some of these burns can be very severe and even lead to death.
If you need to supplement underneath heat in the terrarium use an under tank heat mat. They are much safer to use because the reptile does not come into contact with it.
Use Appropriate Heat Lamps
Make sure you use the correct heat lamp wattage for the size of terrarium you own. Don’t use a 150 watt heat lamp for a 20 gallon terrarium, for instance.
That heat lamp is much too hot for that sized terrarium. The heat bulb will be in close proximity to the bearded dragon and that could cause mild burns.
If you are unsure what size bulb best fits your terrarium ask your local reptile veterinarian, or pet store for assistance.
Inspect for Faulty Wiring
With so many electrical devices needed to keep the bearded dragon healthy and happy, a shorted wire could happen sometimes.
Make sure to inspect all electrical devices before using them. A shorted electrical wire can easily burn, or shock your bearded dragon, or yourself. A faulty device could also lead to house fires.
Never use equipment that is in bad condition and always repair or replace any electrical device.
This could mean a safer environment for you and your pet!