Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)
Common Name: Bearded Dragon
Scientific Name: Pogona vitticeps
Pet Name: Drago
Current Age: Unknown
Size: Approx. 1 foot
Adoption Fee: $35.00
Michigan adoptions only. Local pickup only, no shipping.
We dont have an extensive history on Drago. Drago's former owner brought Drago in so that he/she could find a new family. Drago has lots of energy right now since he is a young dragon and spends all his time in his temporary cage, waiting for a home. Drago is a carrier of Coccidia, which may require some extra care and cleaning (not contagious to humans).
Background on Species:
The inland bearded dragon is generally considered one of the all-time best lizard pets. It is known for being alert, hardy and tame, and bearded dragon owners love watching their lizards, whether during a feeding frenzy while chasing crickets or simply interacting with each other. Bearded dragons exhibit interesting behaviors, too, such as arm waving, in which a female (and occasionally males) may lift a front leg in the air and wave it as a submissive gesture. The spiny beard from which the lizard gets its common name may also be extended, though its uncommon for tame captives to do so; dragons typically do this when alarmed.
Care in Captivity:
Drago will need a minimum of six (6) square feet of space and preferable eight (8) square feet of space in his terrarium. He will need a mercury vapor light providing UVB light and heat and a basking spot of 95-100o F. Drago will need an ambient temperature of 78-82o F. Offer him a relative humidity of about 50-60% and fresh water on a daily basis to minimize dehydration and kidney disease. Provide him with one or more hides to allow him the comfort of hiding and to find a place of decent humidity. For diet, Drago is an omnivore, meaning he will need a mix of nutritional salads and insects. He can free feed daily on a salad of dandelion greens, collard greens, mustard greens, yellow squash, zucchini, sweet potato, and small amount of beet. The salad should be dusted once a week with a multi-vitamin. The salad should also be dusted three times a week with calcium. Drago should also be offered insects three to four times a week. He can be offered 10-12 adult crickets, 10-12 supper worms, the same weight in small cockroaches, or other insects offered in local pet stores. Varying his diet will provide the best nutrition. Insects should always be lightly dusted with calcium. Uneaten insects should be removed from Dragos enclosure regularly.
Husbandry training will available and required prior to adopting Drago. An adoption agreement and adoption fee of $35 will be required to adopt Drago.