Bearded dragons, with their charming personalities and captivating appearance, have become beloved reptile companions for many enthusiasts. Among the most exciting stages of their life is when they are adorable baby bearded dragons. In this article, we will explore the differences between baby and adult bearded dragons, along with essential care tips for these tiny beardies.
Baby vs. Adult Bearded Dragons: Understanding the Differences
Baby bearded dragons, often referred to as hatchlings or juveniles, are distinct from their adult counterparts in several ways:
Size: Baby bearded dragons are significantly smaller than adults, measuring around 4 to 6 inches in length. As they grow, they can reach sizes of 18 to 24 inches or even larger.
Coloration: Baby bearded dragons may display more vibrant and contrasting colors compared to adults. Their colors may change and develop further as they mature.
Behavior: Baby bearded dragons tend to be more skittish and cautious than adults. As they age and gain confidence, they often become more docile and friendly.
Tank Size For A Baby Bearded Dragon
Providing an appropriately sized tank for your baby bearded dragon is crucial for their well-being. At "Beardies Universe," we offer a variety of tank sizes suitable for baby dragons:
20-gallon tank: Ideal for hatchlings and juveniles up to 8 inches in length.
40-gallon tank: Suitable for juvenile dragons measuring between 8 to 16 inches.
75-gallon tank: Recommended for sub-adults, measuring around 16 to 20 inches.
Lighting, Temperatures & Humidity
Creating the perfect habitat for your baby bearded dragon is vital to their health and happiness.
Lighting: Ensure they have access to a full-spectrum UVB light to support calcium absorption and overall well-being. We offer high-quality UVB bulbs at "Beardies Universe."
Temperatures: Maintain a basking area temperature of 100-110°F and a cooler side ranging from 75-85°F. Use thermometers to monitor the temperatures accurately.
Humidity: Baby bearded dragons require a moderate humidity level of 30-40%. Using a hygrometer will help you monitor the humidity within their enclosure.
For baby bearded dragons, it's best to use non-particulate and easily digestible substrates. At Beardies Universe, we offer safe and appropriate substrates to choose from. We also have the perfect guide to substrates!
Baby bearded dragons have a voracious appetite and require a well-balanced diet.
Feed them 2-3 times a day with a mix of appropriately sized live insects (crickets, dubia roaches) and fresh vegetables.
Offer a variety of nutrient-rich veggies such as collard greens, mustard greens, and squash to ensure they receive all the essential nutrients.
To support their growth and development, supplement their diet with calcium and vitamin D3. At "Beardies Universe," we offer high-quality reptile supplements to cater to your baby bearded dragon's needs.
Caring for a baby bearded dragon can be an incredibly rewarding experience. By providing a suitable tank, proper lighting, temperature, and a balanced diet, you can help your tiny reptilian friend thrive and grow into a healthy and happy adult bearded dragon. At "Beardies Universe," we take pride in offering all the essentials you need to provide the best care for your adorable baby bearded dragon.