This baby bearded dragon care sheet was put together to help new bearded dragon owners to raise their baby bearded dragons so that they are both healthy and stress-free. If you have an adult bearded dragon please visit our adult bearded dragon care page.
It covers everything from the type of foods you should be feeding your baby bearded dragon to the temperatures that their enclosure should be set at.
What Your Baby Bearded Dragon Diet Should Consist Of…
My Baby Bearded Dragon Wont Eat…
Occasionally owners will find their baby bearded dragon not eating which could mean a few different things. The most common reason for newly acquired baby bearded dragons not eating is relocation stress and it’s often simply a matter of being patient and giving your new beardy time to adjust to their new surroundings.
Sometimes it can take a week or two for a baby bearded dragon to fully adjust and get back to a regular feeding routine. Try to feed your bearded dragon greens like cabbage and then work in a few crickets here and there as it gets used to its new surroundings. Also, ensure that your enclosure is set up correctly and that the temperature inside is correct.
Keeping Your Baby Bearded Dragon Hydrated…
On top of feeding your baby bearded dragon correctly, it’s also important that you keep them properly hydrated as they tend to lose moisture quickly due to their small size. So on top of including a water dish inside of their enclosure be sure to mist them daily with room temperature water. This is particularly important for bearded dragons that are under the age of four weeks. After four weeks they can be misted just a few times a week.
Enclosure Heating And Lighting…
It’s extremely important to constantly monitor the temperature inside of your enclosure. Baby bearded dragons can easily dehydrate and overheat if the inside of an enclosure that is too hot for them.
Each enclosure should have both a warmer basking area as well as a cooler area. And whilst adult bearded dragons can comfortably handle a basking area that’s around 130 degrees baby bearded dragons should have basking areas that aren’t hotter than 100 degrees.
Make sure that you use a high-quality thermometer that has been designed especially for reptile use to keep track of your enclosure temperature. It’s even a good idea to purchase two thermometers so that you can simultaneously monitor the temperature of both the cool and hotter areas of the enclosure without having to constantly move them around.
You’ll also need to make sure that your baby bearded dragon gets a full 10 to 12 hours of full spectrum light every day which is best done with a fluorescent tube light that’s been specially designed for this purpose.
Baby Bearded Dragon Handling…
Although bearded dragons tend to pretty happy to be picked up and touched as with every animal each individual bearded dragon will have varying levels of tolerance for human contact and it’s particularly important that when they’re young that you start slowly giving them lots of time to adjust to both human contact and their new surroundings.
Try to remember that baby beardies are experiencing many things for the first time so it’s easy for them to get frightened or overwhelmed so try to keep your handling to a minimum as they are settling in.