Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 02, 2014
Bearded Dragons can be beautiful lizards, however they turned out not to be very suitable for my family.
First I will begin with the positive aspects of owning a bearded dragon. The lizards are very calm creatures (I stress that, they are VERY calm) so they'd be wonderful for small children or even the elderly (my grandmother, a very fragile woman, loved the lizards). They spend most of their time lying under the heat lamps, eating and sleeping. They don't really run around much either.
Bearded dragons also have very gorgeous coloring, so if you enjoy lizards for their appearance you might enjoy a beardie.
There are several downsides to owning a bearded dragon, and if you go into it without knowing exactly what you're getting into you, you might not enjoy owning a bearded dragon.
As with just about every other lizard, bearded dragons take a lot to get set up in a suitable environment. You will need to invest money in heat lamps, sand, stones and other items to create a decent environment. Not to mention the electricity costs to manage everything. Food is also something that can get pricey.
Cleaning up after the lizard can be a hassle if you don't have the time to scoop up their messes when they happen (They will get really smelly, really fast. Trust me.)
I think bearded dragons can be great for people who want a very docile, relatively low-maintenance lizard. Just keep in mind the fact that their setup and food will be an investment.