Buying a bearded dragon as a new pet seems an easy enough process right? Well it is actually. You just have to know what to look for, and what to avoid. Following the tips provide within this article will help to ensure that the beardie you eventually choose as a new member of your family, will be a healthy one that will bring you years of joy.
Beardies can be bought in the same manner you would go about purchasing a cat or dog. You can go to a pet store, find a breeder, go to a rescue shelter, or even look in the paper or on craigslist. Whatever you decide to do, you will want to follow the same guidelines to examine the dragon itself, as well as the cleanliness of its current habitat, and the diet it has been receiving. For this reason, I do not recommend online purchases in which the lizard will be shipped to you before examining it. Unless you are sure of the seller’s reputation.
When you decide to purchase a beardie locally, look over it carefully and make sure that it is healthy. What you must observe and notice carefully is, how alert and how active is the reptile. Aside from these things, you must also notice if the dragon is watching you intently, and if it has bright or alert eyes. I don’t think any of us would want a dull dragon for a pet, right? Or maybe a dragon that can’t lift its head or looks kind of sluggish? You want to check for any deformities, sores, burns or anything else that may send off a red flag. Take a look at the size of the dragon and take this into account. It is not recommended that you choose a dragon that is not less than 6 inches in total length. This is mainly because infant dragons can be very fragile, so it is advisable to pick a more developed dragon.
Another detail you want to pay close attention to when buying a bearded dragon is the condition of its spine. If the spine is prominent in the body, it can be a sign of malnutrition. A misshaped spine can also be a clue of metabolic bone disease. Take a close look for any external parasites, or open wounds and scabbing. Make sure that the bearded dragon you want is able to walk normally. One sign of this is that if the dragon has a skeletal failing and is dragging its body and legs while walking. Be careful to look for lethargy in beardies. This means that the dragon you choose should not be in a state of sluggishness, inactivity and apathy or in a state of a deep sleep. Lastly, look at the environment on which the dragon is living. It should also be clean and tidy. The environment influences the body and health of your prospective beardie.
Always keep in mind that saving money on buying a bearded dragon that is cheap could be an expensive feat in the long run. There can be some truth to the saying “You get what you pay for”. It could end up costing much more in the long run with multiple trips to vet clinics and medicine bills. It will not harm you to take your time to look around and choose your bearded dragon carefully.
The average cost of one bearded dragon can differ greatly depending on what and where you buy. Many special “morphs” will cost you much more than the average beardie. I would say if you find one for cheaper than $50, you may want to be very cautious before purchasing. However, don’t let a high price tag give you a false sense of security either. Most of the precautions mentioned in this article should be applied when buying ANY animal ANYWHERE, and ALL should be applied specifically for buying bearded dragons.
Now with this knowledge in stock, you’re all ready for buying a bearded dragon as a new pet. If you don’t have your habitat ready yet, you will want to have it prepared when you bring home your new lizard. This will reduce the amount of relocation stress that is put on the animal. All the information you need to build the proper habitat can be found throughout this website. Best of luck with your beardie!