Do you have a new pet lizard? Bringing a new reptile home requires advanced preparation and knowledge of what your specific species requires.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Bringing a new reptile home requires advance preparation and knowledge of what your specific species requires. These basic tips will help you properly set up a habitat for a bearded dragon. Bearded dragons require a fully enclosed thermal gradient habitat. That means that in order for your reptile to grow and thrive, he will need places to warm up and cool down. Bearded dragons need heat sources since they can't regulate their body temperature. A heat lamp is an incandescent light bulb that emits heat and light for daytime. A ceramic heat emitter allows you to create a basking spot in the habitat without light, which is ideal for nighttime. An under tank heating pad can go under your habitat or on the side to gently heat the ambient air temperature. A fluorescent UVB bulb is essential for your reptile's bone health. You'll need a thermometer and humidity gauge to regulate temperature and humidity levels and a timer to cycle lights and heat lamps. Choose a high quality substrate or bedding for your bearded dragon based on his age and your personal preferences. Understanding reptile behavior is critical for your new pet's health and longevity. Your bearded dragon will need branches and other decor to climb on, a basking rock for relaxing, and a hideaway to feel secure. Get necessities, such as food and water dishes. Your reptile should always have access to fresh, clean chlorine-free water. You should feed your bearded dragon a diet of 70% insects and 30% fruits and vegetables. Provide crickets, mealworms, or superworms that have been recently fed. Research which fruits and vegetables are safe for your bearded dragon. Anything uneaten after 24 hours should be discarded. Add a calcium supplement to your bearded dragon's food daily and a vitamin or mineral supplement once or twice a week. Never put outdoor items in your habitat, because they could be harmful or toxic to your reptile. Research your reptile's behavior, personality, and specific needs ahead of time, so you're prepared with the right supplies to keep him happy and healthy. Within the first week, be sure to schedule a complete checkup with a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles. [MUSIC PLAYING]