Reptiles/bearded dragons

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so i have 2 questions.. i bought 2 baby bearded dragons both males very nice to each other there about 4 months old can i raise them together?? and my second question is one of my males has his back leg shaking a little why would he be doing that he walks fine and doesn't act hurt does he need more calcium?? i have a 100 wt bulb there in a 50 gallon long tank they hang out together and when you remove one the other dragon looks for his friend they don't like being separated i was told by the breeder that as long as i didn't bring a female in i was okay but other friends that have had a bearded dragon told me no separate them but i feel bad doing that if they get along so well what do you think?

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Hi Amanda,

You will need to separate them. I'm surprised that the breeder suggested otherwise.

Their attitudes towards each other will change once the adult hormones start kicking in which is usually anytime from 6 months onward. Being raised together will not change that. It is the same situation with virtually all male lizard species. They can only be kept together as juveniles.

The two can become actively aggressive toward each other inflicting bite wounds or it could be more subtle then that. In that case the submissive male does not eat well or bask regularly and stays much smaller. The constant stress of being in the presence of a dominant male can cause his health to just gradually decline.

Beardeds are fast growing and have high calcium demands during that growth stage. Intermittent low blood calcium levels will cause trembling in the limbs. You didn't happen to mention what supplement schedule you have them on for calcium or your lighting situation. At that age their food should be dusted with calcium and vitamin D3 three or four times a week. Exposure to a UVB producing bulb will help them absorb that calcium.

I have included an excellent link for care here. Dr. Tosney is a biology professor and a breeder of bearded.   

http://www.bio.miami.edu/ktosney/file/BDcare.html

This link discusses tetany which is calcium related tremors.

http://www.anapsid.org/tetany.html

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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.

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I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

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Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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