Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Bearded Dragons are a mixed bag. They're interesting-looking reptiles, generally great with being handled, and are very relaxed.
We had a couple growing up and required a massive tank for them, with a red heat lamp. Their environment required sand and places to hide like pieces of wood, and baking rocks. As you can imagine, this can make their habitats difficult to clean.
The worst part was their diet-they needed live crickets (unlike my hedgehog, they would not eat frozen-thawed ones), which escaped all over the place and stink horribly.
I think reptile ownership is more difficult than most people think, but if someone wants a relatively low-maintenance pet beyond the upfront costs, bearded dragons can be healthy, quiet, and generally nice friends.
I will caution with putting two bearded dragons in the same tank as each other-we had two that cohabitated for nearly a year and then a fight broke out, causing serious injuries to one of them.
Overall I give them a 4.5/10, just because of the smelliness. Make sure you keep up cleaning on their cage and cuddle them a lot. They're great pets for maybe a 6 year old (with some assistance) and up, and always fantastic observatory pets.