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- Dec 22, 2009
Great Profile WildRoseBeef
Name: Bearded Dragon
Experience Needed: Need to be familiar with reptiles and their heat requirements. Not much different than keeping a brooder going for thier entire life.
Temperament: Extreemly friendly and love to be handled.
Colors: Brown, Golden, Green & blue/reds
Diet: Kale, fruits, super worms & crickets
Life Span: up to 20 years, so it's a lifetime committment.
Environment: They need 100 degrees in the hot end and 70 in the cold end. They also must have UVB light to simulate real sunlight for Vitamin D production.
Family: The make great family pets.
This is Syd. He's 3 years old and just got out of a brumation (3 month hibernation). You have to give him a bath at least once a week because they do not drink out of a water dish, instead soak up water through their vent for hydration.
I would like to comment on the Russian tortoise information given here. They are tortoises that remain smallish so you can find them very easily in the pet trade. The store will tell you they are an excellent "beginner tortoise" This is true and not true! The things they east are very specific weeds and plants. Do NOT feed them fruit. An occasional carrot or some cucumber is OK but only a little bit if they are off their food. The commercial pellets should not be used as the protein is too high and will cause the shell to get pyramid like bumps.
THeir enclosure should be large as they are roamers and should have short solid sides. No glass--it is very confusing for them. They love to be outside and the favorite treat is dandelions! Flowers and leaves. You must be very careful with their outside enclosure as they are escape artists! (learned that one the hard way) They can and do climb brick walls and fencing wire. They also dig very well.
This type of tortoise will hibernate in winter and estavate in summer. They have to be in very good condition if you want to hibernate them when weeds are scarce.
There is very god information on this site: http://www.tortoisetrust.org/