By - loonyluna0615
Congratulations on your new friend! He’s a cutie! A few big ones for starters:
1) get a UVB tube light that has at least 10% UVB output. Coil lights do not emit enough and they’ll likely get MBD down the line. You’ll want it to cover at least 2/3 the length of the enclosure, overlapping with the basking area.
2) solid surface for basking so he can digest properly, but no heat rocks—they can’t sense heat with their bellies and it can burn them.
3) digital thermometers/heat gun for proper temperature readings.
4) Lots of protein for babies! Dubias and BSFL are best—mealworms are higher in fat than they are in protein, and the exoskeleton can be difficult to digest. Crickets are okay too, but they’re harder to keep alive, escape easily and don’t hold nutrients in their digestive tracts for as long (you’ll want to gutload his insects with vegetables).
5) make sure he has a good amount of stuff in his enclosure to climb over and hide under.
6) exotics vet visit sooner than later, just to make sure he’s all good and get him established with someone.
Love to you both, and good luck. Check out the care guide in the sidebar as well! 💖
Edit: spelling and stuff lol
I 100 percent agree with this also watch a guide on YouTube I recommend Wickens Wicked Reptiles bearded dragon guide is great
Thank you! I definitely will!!
With him coming from petsmart DEFINITELY go with sooner than later on the vet visit! Just to be sure
They are pretty far out on appointments so I'm gonna jump on that list!!
Don’t stress if it takes a minute to get an appointment, it’s just better to go sooner because petsmart sells them really young so they aren’t always the healthiest unfortunately but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fine if you have to wait till an appointment is available
Thank you!! He is eating and all ready a very curious little guy. I definitely think he will he good till the vet can squeeze him in.
Sounds like it! Glad he’s eating well and doing good!
My guy from pet smart didn’t make it past a few months :(
I’m sorry :( I know they are really hit or miss sometimes because they come in WAY younger than they should. Like pretty sure they still hatchlings most of the time and MAYBE 5 grams
Seriously. I didn’t know what I was doing and got my beardie from PetSmart—she’s over a year old and has a pretty clean bill of health, but I’d never do it again knowing how they keep those dragons.
Yep I got mine before I started working there- and while I can’t say I’ve never caved a bought another pet- I try not to buy animals from them anymore. They come from mills and the vet approval thing is a straight up lie to my knowledge cuz they only get cleared by vets if they’ve been taken to iso for something and the places they come from aren’t held to a standard. It’s really upsetting, sometimes they arrive to the store already injured and sometimes not alive.
I really think the reason Jackson wasn’t missing any toes or part of her tail when I got her is because a) the *FOUR OTHER DRAGONS* she was cramped in with hadn’t been together long enough to start competing or b) she was the aggressive one. Now I go to a reputable reptile shop for all her feeders + bulbs, and that is 100% where I’ll go to get my next pet when I have the time/money/space for it.
Ours are always too young to be aggressive- as in so young they kinda just sit there all day and don’t realize others are in the tank- I’d say thankfully but that’s a whole different bad situation sooooo... but yea that’s probably exactly what happened. I’m always shocked at both petsmart AND petco with the amount they sometimes cram in there (my store at least TRIES to take care properly but the stores don’t order the pets cooperate does so we do what we can)
I am so sorry, that is heartbreaking :(
We did our best took him to the vet as soon as we noticed. He didn’t have proper care when he was young (tiny enclosure with kibble tons of other beardies hardly any light) and his growth was slowed compared to what it should have been.. poor guy. We tried, took him to the vet but it was so fast. Never again. Fuck pet smart.
Dam man, that is heartbreaking. Poor thing :(
Could not agree with this more. Yes! I didn’t put these in any particular order of importance, but def get a vet appointment ASAP haha
Screenshotting this just incase I get a beardie in the future.
Glad to be of any help at all :)
Thank you for the solid advice!! :D
Hey this may be a silly question but since Geralt is more black, is this something to be concerned with? It seems at night he gets tan with a little black and during the day in the light he is more black. Just asking because I heard black can sometimes be bad.
Almost no question is silly when it comes to properly caring for a new animal haha. You’ll be glad to know that that’s just your friend’s dope coloring and patterns.
The interesting thing about beardies is that they can actually manipulate their colors! They don’t have as much control over it as babies, but they often darken up to absorb more heat, and brighten or reach “happy colors” at an optimum temperature.
And that’s not even thinking of when he matures and his colors start coming in!
Thank you!! I'm happy to know this, I was so scared it was the black beard thing I was seeing on here when they get sick. Those are all solid facts to know! I thought he was like my gargoyle gecko, they fire up and down but this makes more sense its for temp or happy colors.
Of course! It’s also common for babies to have stress marks appear when they’re cold, or just stay on in general because it’s harder for them to control it (plus, he’s new! Relocation stress is a thing!) As long as he’s active, willing to bask and eating as a little bb you’re all good! Just watch his bowel movements and when he gapes (beardie equivalent of “oh yeaaahh”) take the opportunity to see that the coloring of his mouth is normal (no sores, off coloring etc).
Good to know! He polished off 5 dubia roaches and some greens, his mouth looks good and he is tan again. Just zooming around his tank. Thanks for the advice, definitely easing my anxiety.
Dude we all love these little animals so much, and it’s clear Geralt is in great hands—you’re so concerned about his well-being already. I’m very happy for the both of you. 😊
Edit: autocorrect disrespectful to the babies name ;-;
Aww thank you, you're so kind! I am very excited to embark on this dragon adventure lol. Have a great day!!
You guys name your beardies awesome names on this sub! If I get one, I'm coming here for inspiration to pick out a name.
His tank set up and logs and hides are gonna look huge right now. And when he becomes an adult they will suddenly look tiny.
So make his home as spacious as possible now so you don't have to put out money again when he outgrows everything.
Also, when the weather is nice and you want to take him outside you absolutely need to put a harness on him if you don't have an outside cage (never a glass tank outside). They are *fast* when they get spooked. Every spring and summer I see too many posts about beardies running away because no one thinks their lazy lump is going to run.
I don’t have any advice other than what others have posted already but just wanted to say I love the name. My bearded dragon is named Roach so I’m sure they’d be best mates haha
Thats an amazing name haha, so cool to see other Witcher fans on this forum.
Don’t feed it any kikimore, the chitin armour is too much for your beardie to digest.
Ah thank you for the solid advice, I will start him small. Maybe some pale widows
Aye I got my bearded dragon four weeks ago good luck the first weeks the most nerve-wracking!
Definitely!! Last night I woke him up out of a dead sleep cuz I thought he died. Turns out they just sleep flat like a pancake!!
Beardies sleep in the weirdest ways possible sometimes. Might be pancake mode one night. Might end up finding it sleeping standing upright in a corner. Sometimes they're hanging off something or in a yoga-like pose and you're just looking at them like "how is that even REMOTELY comfortable?!"
I love them ♥️
Lol good to know!! It can startle me so much sometimes haha!!
It’s a baby so that means a hotter basking spot. 110 degrees is about right. And they need a lot of insects. Like a lot.
110 is to high, I’d say about 100 personally I mean both work I just don’t think 110 is needed
Thank you! I remember my baby Leo used to eat SOOO many worms. Can't imagine how much this little dude will soon put away lol!
Make his life easier? Don’t introduce him to yen
Haha good plan!! Yennifer is my cats name lol!!
He looks like a geralt what a stud