Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jan 27, 2017
Although I do have a soft spot for female bearded dragons and their calmer nature, I very much enjoy the energy and spontaneity of my lovely male beardie. He has quite an attitude, not afraid to beard of stomp if he is annoyed or wants my attention - and does he ever get it! He half lives in a 30-gallon terrarium in need of an upgrade to a 40-gallon, but he spends about half his day either perched on my shoulder or energetically running on my bed - or even around the house!
He's not a substrate boy, so his enclosure has a hammock, a two-bowl food dish, a soft baby blanket folded up on a far end of his tank, covering the third of his glass under his XL hide. He also needs a basking spot of 100F (I use a 100W incandescent bulb), a UVB ReptiSun 5.0 or quivalent, and an infrared to keep his home above 65F overnight. Rather than giving him a water dish, I bathe him usually every second day and offer him water in a smalll dish when he comes out of his tank - this prevents dehydration and excessive humidity in his enclosure (they are desert animals and are not used to a constant water supply - most won't drink from a dish).
Overall, despite being a bit of a messy boy who likes to run through his own poop (I don't know many that do this) and likes a bit of variety in his bugs and veggies, he is an incredible, energetic little spitfire who I wouldn't trade for a calmer reptile in the world!