Baby Bearded Dragons
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Bearded Dragon Babies
A Baby Bearded Dragon, like most reptiles, are miniature versions of the adults. They are independent in feeding and caring for themselves in nature.
However, they are more easily dehydrated and require more food based on their size, as they are growing rapidly. In the wild, this results in many hatchlings not surviving. In captivity, the hatchlings depend on their caregivers (i.e., you) for survival and continued health.
Hatchlings can be kept in smaller versions of enclosures like those of their parents, with a couple of differences:
- Use a smooth substrate is preferred over an abrasive substrate like sand.
- Provide extra water with occasional misting to maintain humidity and prevent dehydration.
Hatchlings can be kept in 10 gallon enclosures with up to 5 other baby bearded dragons in each enclosure. They will need to be monitored carefully as they grow to insure that none of the hatchlings is being bullied or lagging behind the others in development. Hatchling bearded dragons should be removed from the group if they become significantly larger or smaller than the rest of the group. As they grow, the number of hatchlings in one enclosure should be reduced.
Feeding Baby Dragons
Hatchling bearded dragons grow very quickly, so they need to eat frequently. Initially, they may prefer live prey to vegetables. Offer pinhead to 1/4” crickets, small dubia roaches from http://blapticadubiaroaches.com or fruit flies. They still need to be exposed to a variety of vegetables, similar to those provided to the adults, chopped smaller. As they grow, they will gradually consume more of the vegetables.
Juvenile bearded dragons, those between the ages of 1 week and 1 month, continue to require the same conditions as the hatchlings. They are, however, more likely to injure their tank mates due to hunger or competition for the best spots. Consequently, it’s crucial to:
- Provide small meals several times a day.
- Have a constant supply of fresh vegetables in the cage.
- Separate juveniles into smaller groups as they grow, especially if signs of aggression are observed.
Juveniles exhibit several interesting behaviors more frequently than adults. For example, many juveniles will raise one forearm and wave it slowly in a vertical or circular motion. They also tend to bob their heads more often. While the “wave” is generally thought to be a benign social gesture, the head bob is more likely a warning of possible aggression.
Bearded Dragon Food
Are you looking to buy food for your baby dragon(s)?
Please visit our bearded dragon food section of our site to view a complete list of food and where to buy.