If you do not yet have a bearded dragon this should be your first question. Bearded dragons are an amazing Beginner reptile however They do take a lot of care and money. Before You get a Dragon do a lot of research don't just look at 1 site or 1 book look at many and don't always be-leave what the pet store tells you. Its not that they all want to give you bad info or just sell you something but i a lot of cases they just don't know there are a lot of pet stores that will give you the right info but there are also stores that have employees that may be new or miss informed or may not even like reptiles but its part of there job to help you. we have also had many years of experience in the reptile world and have found out a lot of people have different opinions about proper care so you must collect all the info you can and then chose how you feel to best care for your new best friend. Yep Reptiles can be your best friend just like your dog.
After you have done your research and you are positive a bearded dragon is for you. Cost is the next big thing to consider. Just like any pet, they come along with the known and unknown cost. Keep in mind you can have an idea of the cost but there will be unexpected those may be a vet visit or a new cage item you have to have. also keep in mind cot can change you may get say a cage for free or may have a custom $1,000 cage built so do research on cost also.
So you have done all of your research Its time to get your setup.
You can get full starter setups at many pet stores that include most of what you need for $150-$400 however some of these will need stuff added to them a lot of times they will come with a light fixture but not a light bulb this is because everyone needs are different in your front room you may need a 100 watt basking heat light but in your basement bedroom you may need a 150 watt light. you will also need to chose a night light WE reccomend a ceramic Heat Emmiter (CHE) OR an Arcadia Deep Heat Emmiter these produce heat and no light. you may go threw different lights as you try to find the right one. we recommend you not only use a cage thermometer but also get a infrared temp gun so you can check multiple areas of the cage. Before you get your dragon you should set the cage up and make sure temperatures are correct for at least a week. this will make sure you do not cook or freeze your new best friend. it allows you to move items around and know how you want the cage set up. When it is time to bring your new dragon home you do not want to handle him/her for a few days let your new dragon settle in. i also suggest taping a paper towel around the lower half of the glass this is so the dragon can feel secure and also not see out unless it climbs a branch over the years i have found this to he a helpful trick to help new reptiles settle in better. Do not try to feed your new buddy live food the first day just give it some greens. some dragons may eat the second you get home but many are stressed out and will not eat the first few days on day 2 or 3 try a couple live feeders but make sure its a couple so you can monitor what they eat and so you don't have any live feeders loose in the cage. You should ask Who ever you buy it from what they are currently eating this way you can offer it the same food if it eats you can add a few more. If he/she is eating OK you can start to add new food items and start to hold it once a day after a week or 2 you can start to hold it more this allows it to slowly get comfortable with you.
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