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Old 26-01-2013, 12:04 PM
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for a few years now my husband and i have been wanting a bearded dragon, unlike regular pets, its something we felt that plenty of research had to go into it before just going out there and buying! Two years later we feel like we know as much as we can know. Now we have the process of purchasing a beardie and its viv. We know the viv has to be set up in advance, but is there a specific dimension viv, this is one thing where we are getting all different sizes when searching. also on choosing a beardie, other than nipped tails & toes, is there anything else we should be aware of? thanks
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Old 26-01-2013, 12:56 PM
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For the Viv you ideally want to go for a 4x2x2 or there abouts, this will give you a god heat gradient, plenty of room for the little one to run around and will be suitable for the life of your beardie! Make sure you have plenty of hides and branches etc also
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Old 26-01-2013, 01:25 PM
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Remember although you will often see a 4x2x2 being recommended as the perfect size this is not the case. It is the recommended MINIMUM size, in my and many others eyes it should ideally be at least 5ft long and of course the bigger the better. As said the 4x2x2 is recommended so that you can allow for the correct temp gradient, any smaller and you may struggle. 4x2x2 is a great size for a juvenile but you will find it pretty small once you have a fully grown adult in there and I'm sure he/she will too.

When purchasing be sure to quiz the breeder. Ask about husbandry, feeding regime, etc. Ask to see the parents and their enclosure(s). You can bet your bottom dollar that a well knowledgable breeder will more than likely take good care of their reps. Also gauge how interested they are of your knowledge. If the breeder is asking you plenty of questions about the viv you will be using to house the rep, your husbandry, etc then they obviously care for the welfare of the rep. This will all help you differentiate between a money grabber and a caring hobbyist/breeder.

Finally unless you can trust a reptile shop I would try to buy from a breeder, use the same techniques above wherever you are looking to buy from.
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