Health & Hygiene
Bearded Dragon shedding occurs often and is perfectly normal, this process allows bearded dragons to grow. During this time bearded dragons are susceptible to illness and infection, so it is important to keep a high standard of cleanliness.
Prior to the shedding period, you will notice some obvious physical and behavioural changes. Your dragon may have changed texture or colour. Usually, markings and colour will begin to fade days before shedding. Your pet will take on a greyish hue. Your bearded dragons may become irritable or even aggressive during this stage.
Bathing your Beardie once a week will help keep them hydrated and will also aid shedding. Bath water should be warm on your wrist but never hot. Make the water only as deep as your Bearded Dragons chest or half way up their front arms. Never leave your bearded dragon unattended in the bath. It's also a good idea to disinfect your bath after.
Cleaning the Habitat
Bearded Dragons eat a lot and in return create a lot of waste. The lizard droppings and leftover vegetables must be cleaned daily. The water bowl, food bowl, and substrate must be checked and cleaned. The easiest way to clean the substrate is to use an aquarium fish net to scoop out the waste. The cage decorations, decor, and glass should also be cleaned often.
Hand washing is very important when owning any reptile. Washing your hands before and after handling your bearded dragon will help keep you and your new pet healthy. If you wash your hands before handling you reduce the risk of passing anything on to your Bearded Dragon.
As with all reptiles, Bearded Dragons have the to potential to carry pathogens such as salmonella so children under five should not handle them and hands should be thoroughly washed before and after handling.
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