Dragons’ dens

Ev­ery­thing you need to set up the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for your bearded dragon.

The Coast - Pets Halifax - - Contents - BY JA­COB BOON

Not ev­ery pet needs a furry tail and puppy-dog eyes to be cute and cud­dly. Bearded dragons are easy to care for, full of per­son­al­ity and just plain cool. Set­ting up the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for your own beardy is key to of­fer­ing a long, healthy life for the lit­tle rep­til­ian mon­ster.

Dragon lord Jor­dan Scott of PetS­mart in Bay­ers Lake gave us some tips for what to in­clude in your ter­rar­ium to­pog­ra­phy:


No sur­prise here that dragons, like any other rep­tile, love heat. A strong heat lamp—at least 125 watts–will keep your lit­tle guy nice and toasty. Even if the tank is in di­rect sun­light, a heat lamp is still needed to en­sure op­ti­mal com­fort. Along with the day­light bulb, grab a UV lamp and night­time heat emit­ter to keep your lizard comfy 24/7.


Ur­ban dragons will need some spe­cial con­di­tioner in their dish if it’s filled with city water, but ru­ral pet own­ers us­ing well water should be fine. Like any other pet or fam­ily member, keep the water sup­ply fresh and change it if any­thing dirty falls in­side or any­one poops in it.


Heaven is a hot rock to lounge around on. Don’t feel you have to get your rock from a pet store. Any­thing sourced nat­u­rally from the back­yard will work fine—just be sure to boil it first to make sure no harm­ful bac­te­ria crawls its way into your dragon’s habi­tat.


Clean the ter­rar­ium at least once a week, though own­ers can get away with a longer pe­riod in be­tween wash downs if they spot clean when­ever they spy some dragon poop. Water and vine­gar works great and is all­nat­u­ral.


Bearded dragons’ main diet tends to be live or frozen crick­ets (the frozen have less of a chance to es­cape). The big­ger the dragons grow, they’ll be able to munch down tastier treats like horn­worms. The lizards are also fans of dark, leafy greens like kale or dan­de­lion.


A 40-gal­lon tank with all the lights, food and accessories will run a few hun­dred dol­lars, but many stores will of­fer starter packs at a cheaper price with ev­ery­thing you need to get set up as the Daen­erys Tar­garyen of your apart­ment build­ing.


A felt mat on the floor of the ter­rar­ium pro­vides grip and adds to the am­biance. Avoid sand, as younger Pog­ona lizards can have trou­ble di­gest­ing the course grains if they eat any.

Give this guy a good home lest he goes all Smaug on you.

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