Bearded Dragon FAQ

There is a lot of work involved in caring for a bearded dragon. For a detailed guide on how to care for bearded dragons, please read our care sheets. Here are some of our most common questions about bearded dragons. 

Bearded dragons get most of their hydration through crickets, and they need to be bathed once or twice per week. Between feeders and baths, bearded dragons get plenty of hydration. Many owners report that their dragons don't drink from the dish when they have one. 

Either way, only use a water dish if your enclosure has a screen top. Otherwise, the humidity may be too high for the animal. If you live in an especially dry area, a water dish may be used to raise the humidity. Please remember, a bearded dragons humidity is best between 35-45%. Remove the water dish if the humidity is high. 

At Cliffhanger Reptiles, we do not keep water dishes in our enclosures. 

Of course! These kind beardies are welcoming pets for all ages! With our robust genetics and caring upbringing, their friendly disposition is inevitable! As long as they are handled regularly and kindly, this laudable behavior will remain. 

A mercury vapor bulb (MVB) is a combination of a basking bulb and a UVB, which allows owners to avoid using both items separately. Also, an MVB can be used in combination with a UVB for added benefits.

There are no required preventive vaccines for bearded dragons. Some breeders may opt for preventive treatment of parasites, but this can lead to liver cancer. 

Bearded dragons should not be housed with other reptiles, and we do not recommend co-housing two bearded dragons together.  Even though females can do well in one tank, there is a risk of fights which will happen when one or both of the females begin to ovulate. Males and females should not be housed together, and two males should never be in the same enclosure.  

Firstly, a bearded dragon hide is not necessary. Undoubtedly, this is not recommended for smaller dragons since they may go under the hide, which would avoid proper basking and can cause health issues.

A healthy, well-cared for bearded dragon will live to be 8-10 years old. 

Bearded dragons range from 18-24 inches long from head to tip-of-tail. However, improper diet and temperature can stunt growth.  

The technical answer to this question is no, but you should. Bearded dragons under one-year-old should be fed live insects everyday. If an adult eats regularly, he or she could take a day or two off from live food each week. 

At Cliffhanger Reptiles, we feed all breeding adults and babies live insects and veggies every day. However, our dragons get a day of rest each week. One day per week, our lights are turned off completely. The dragons do not eat on this day. The day of rest allows our co-housed animals to take a break from the natural stimulation of other dragons. 

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Returns and exchanges

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For Live Animals: If returned shipping is necessary for any reason, whether it be for health issues or dissatisfaction, you can use the box in which the order arrived. For that reason, please do not dispose of the box in which the animal is shipped. The cost of shipping we be deducted from any refund.

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