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Never made a caresheet before but thought may as well try one for a simplistic lizard so here goes:

What is this bearded dragon?
The genus Pogona or commonly known as Bearded dragons contain 7 species of Agamid Lizard, all found in australia. Bearded dragons come from a variety of habitats including Dry Shrub Forests, Semi Arid Woodlands, Small Outback Desert and sometimes suburban settlements. At the moment there are 3 'known' bearded dragon Species in the Exotic animal trade.
Pogona Barbata: Also known as Coastal, Eastern and Common bearded dragon. These dragons come from semi coast areas in australia & are often said to be the largest dragon with a average of 26 inches. They are also known for flaring huge intimidating beards to distract or scare predators, but they are also used in courtship.
Pogona henrylawsoni: Also known as Rankins and Lawsons bearded dragon. They are one of the smallest species of Bearded dragon but feed on more animal matter and come from supposedly drier areas.
Pogona Vitticeps: This species is the most widespread in the pet trade and the one this caresheet covers. They are also known as Inland or central bearded dragon. They are best known for there popularity as household pets in other countries and of course for biting steve irwin on the nose.
Housing a Inland Bearded dragon:
If you receive your dragon as 2 Month old hatchling, which is the recommended age for a beginner, you may house your dragon in a minimum of 3x2x2 Enclosure. As an adult 4x2x2 Foot is the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM for a dragon. These Diurnal lizards Love their space and personally i feel they would only be truly happy in a enclosure as large as 8x4x4 foot or more. You may feel your dragon is lonely and want to house it with another specimen. Bearded dragon's are solitary animals, so any joy anyone would get out of this would be limited to your own. Never keep males as they can fight, sometimes to the death. You can happily house 2 or more beardies together AS LONG AS you provide sufficient basking spots, plenty of food and a abnormally large enclosure. a 5x3x3 can happily house 2, but if you want 5 or 6 large dragon colony you may need a 12x6x6 enclosure.
You must spot clean faeces from your dragon almost every day, and beardie poo STINKS! So i do not reccomed housing dragons in a bedroom:bash:

Heating & Lighting
Like most lizards, bearded dragons must bask in the sun or in captivity, a heat source to get the required energy to hunt, mate and digest their food. a UVB Lamp is NEEDED otherwise a beardie can spawn Bone & Growth issues as well as the inability to correctly digest their food.
The most common source of basking spot for beardies is via heat bulb which should be positioned above a log or branch and maintain an estimated 36-38 degrees Celsius (Around 105-115 Fahrenheit) The hot area should be around 95-100 an the cool 80-85 to allow the dragon to thermo regulate. At night the enclosure should fall to no lower then 25 Celsius (About 60-70 Fahrenheit.)

Hatchling Dragons should not be kept on loose substrate such as calcium sand, Bark Chips, Garden Topsoil or Cypress mulch as there is a risk of ingestion and impaction, Adult bearded dragons should not be kept on Calcium sand either, But can be kept less riskily on a special 'rabbit food pellet' like substrate. Some people use Eco Earth of Cypress mulch with dragons but this is not recommended as dragon dont thrive in humidity.
The safest substrate for your dragon is Plain white napkin or kitchen roll, Plain white inkless paper, Reptile Carpet, astroturf or ceramic tile.In the wild Bearded Dragons mostly live on hard sun baked clay with a layer of grit and dust. There is no Substrate like this commonly sold, but ceramic tile closely mimics the clay.

Branches Logs Rocks and Hides:
Do not use hide boxes for dragons, they may spend all day hiding instead of absorbing UV Light. They rarely hide under rocks in the wild so stress of being in the open is usually not a problem.
Dead or Fake logs Are great for dragons as the enjoy climbing. Sure they dont climb whopping forest canopies but readily climb dead logs and fences to get up to the sun in basking.
Rocks are also part of a natural bearded dragon enclosure and help to keep their long nails down. Be careful because the rocks can get quite hot and you dont want to burn your beardie.
Hit Rocks: I am not one of those people who goes into an epileptic fit over these things and i quote hearing " DO NOT USE THESE HOT ROCKS THEY MELT LIZARDS" This is untrue. While there have been cases of burning, a thermostat or dial will control this.
Bearded dragons rarely come across pools of water in the wild, and so have evolved methods of extracting the maximum water from their foods. However, careful care must be taken to prevent dehydration. A water bowl is not required but if you want one, out it on the cool end of the tank and make sure its small and shallow to prevent raising too much humidity.
Babies should have their heads sprayed twice a day but be gentle :).
Beardies are omnivores, & require Animal and plant matter.
DO NOT REPEAT WHAT YOU SEE ON YOUTUBE. Inbred texans giving their dragons Hamsters and rats that are even bigger then the lizards themselves. Beardies can be fed;
Animal Matter:
Morio Worms
Caterpillars(Non Hairy)
Wax Worms
Garden snails
Feeder Snails
Praying Mantis
Spiders (Not tarantulas or dangerously venomous)
Small Geckos
Small Anoles
Preweaned Prekilled rodents (VERY VERY VERY RARELY like when you need your dragon to fatten up)
Feeder Lizards
Dubia Roaches
Lobster Roaches
Hissing Cockroaches
Field Crickets
Weevil Larvae
Weevil Beetils
Mealworm Beatles
Morio Beatles
Waxworm moths
Baby Bearded dragons (They can be cannibals)
Vegetable matter:
Escarole, kale, collards, bok choy, Swiss chard, parsley, clover, alfalfa pellets, dandelion greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, broccoli, okra, peas, green beans, whole kernel corn, zucchini, squash, carrots, sweet potato, bell peppers, mixed vegetables, kiwi, papaya, apples, grape,
peaches, apricots, plums, tomatoes, non pealed bananas.
First caresheet so dont be toooooooo mean:whip:
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pretty good mate the food list came in handy never new they would eat one another lol
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