Bearded dragons get diseases very easily if you are not careful with their diet, lighting, and heating conditions. It is very important to follow the proper steps for caring for your bearded dragon.
Here are a few guidelines you can make sure you are following right now:
1) Avoiding Impaction
The best way to avoid impaction is to keep your beardie on reptile carpet and not any kind of sand none! Keep their diet proper and healthy.
2) Keep their habitat safe
Do not ever use any kind of heating rock in their enclosure. Beardies can not detect heat under their bodies and will get burns. It’s best to use an under the tank heating element. Read more about bearded dragon habitat requirements.
3) Proper Diet
Adult beardies should mainly be fed crickets on a daily basis and gut loaded before you feed them to your beardie. You should avoid giving your beardie meal worms as they mainly contain fat and are not good for your bearded, you can give them once or twice a week as a treat only.
About once or twice week your beardie’s food should be dusted with a calcium supplement. They should also have a multivitamin weekly or less as some have too much vitamin A and this is fatal to your beardie.
When feeding vegetables, make sure they are of the proper size. The size should be the same width between their eyes and no longer than their head. They should get leafy greens and carrots more than fruits.
Make sure you have a heating lamp and a UVB lamp. The UV/UVB rays provide vitamin D which helps with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. The temp should be around 90 degrees and 100 degrees during the day, and during the night the temp shouldn’t go below 70 degrees at all during the night, however, if it does your beardie can survive one night if it drops that low then you should invest in a night heating light.
Read more about bearded dragon lighting and heating requirements.
It is normal for your beardie to start hibernating around December. Your steps should be to start reducing the length of the day for your beardie, by turning their lights off sooner than normal. They should only be one between 8 to 10 hours. You also need to regulate their habitat temperature, during the daily drop it down between 75 to 85 degrees and during the night it should be around 60 degrees. They will need somewhere to hide, so make sure you provide them with something to dig in or a place to hide in.
Before they start going into hibernation make sure they are healthy and there is no food remaining anywhere. They will lessen the amount of food and water intake during this time. If they are awake, you can offer small amounts of food to them. They usually hibernate for about two months, after that time you can slowly start to increase their lighting and temperature.
Follow these simple guidelines to keep your bearded dragon disease free. Make sure that you visit your vet anytime you are not sure about the way your beardie is acting.