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GK wrote at 2013-04-13 19:44:06
Try feeding the green leaf portion of Bok Choy as a staple for greens.  The calcium to phosphorus ratio is perfect for beardies.  They love the Bok Choy trust me.  Also, with regards to supplementation, calcium dust on crickets 2-3 times per week MAXIMUM.  Vitamin dust on crickets once per week MAXIMUM.  Make sure you have the correct temperatures, bask 105-95F, and nothing in tank below 80-75F.  Feed small food for first year and half, nothing bigger than about one cm across.  People usually say nothing bigger than the space between their eyes, but that space varies greatly with beardies, so just use small foods for now, till it is full grown.  Feed twice a day until two years old, then you can go to once per day.  About 80% protein, 20%veg till two years as well, then slowly work towards 50-50.  Also, try to clean any feces as quickly as possible.  Personally, I have somehow figured out my dragon will always poop in the water every one to two days, so each morning, I put her in a bath, and leave her there for five min, some days she won't poop, but most days she will, then the tank stays super clean.  Also, she now knows what a bath means, so if she doesn't have to poop, she will just climb up my arm out of the tub right away.  Sand is also not so good as a substrate, use reptile carpet.  When it gets dirty, switch it for a clean one, then throw the other one in the wash, or hand wash with hot water and soap(no chemicals).  Hope this helps.


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I can answer 98% of all questions regarding the husbandry of most desert to temperate climate omnivore and herbivore lizards. This would include bearded dragons, and skinks. I can also answer questions regarding iguanas. I can not help with snakes,amphibians,crustations or arachnids. For tortoises I will only refer you to the World Chelonian Trust. I am not a vet, but I've had enough medical (human) training to know that when a reptile is showing symptoms he needs definitive care. That means a vet, period. I can help with a few conditions, such as prolapse, so that the animal has the best chance at the vet to treat and recover. The answer to having two species sharing the same habitat will always be no. Just because you don't like my answer does not mean I'm wrong. As for breeding animals, especially bearded dragons who already have a weak gene pool as it is, you will get all the reasons why you shouldn't. There are enough inexperienced breeders out there, filling pet stores with undersized sickly babies, I will not add to their number. If you need a lizard identified, please give me an idea of where you live and a description of the animal.

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I own and breed bearded dragons (pogona vitticeps). I've been a member of several e-mail lizard care groups, I am both a forum chat moderator for Reptilerooms.com, and forum moderator for Pogona and Babyiguana Yahoo Groups. I have soaked in the knowledge of some of the best researchers, rehabbers, and herp veterinarians from those groups

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SUNY @ Farmingdale - Animal Science Univ. of GA - Pre-Vet

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