When considering buying a family pet, one option people often overlook is the bearded dragon. Bearded dragons are small, desert-dwelling reptiles native to Australia that make excellent pets. Consider these advantages to choosing a bearded dragon as your next family pet.
1. Easy to Care for
Bearded dragons are easy to care for. They do not require grooming or walks. They need very little attention, and are happy to bask on their sunning rocks or run around their cages until you are ready to get them out and play with them. Most of the care required by bearded dragons, such as feeding them and cleaning up after them, is easy enough that children can be responsible for it.
2. Easy to Clean
Bearded dragons are not particularly messy animals. They do shed, but since their skin is kept contained in their cage, it is easy to clean out. If you have a carpeted floor for your bearded dragon, you can simply take the carpet outside and shake it out when it starts to look messy or throw it in the washing machine when it starts to look dirty.
The messiest part of cleaning up after bearded dragons is disposing of their waste. What many people do not realize, though, is that bearded dragons can be potty trained. Because they often poop in the same spot, bearded dragons can be taught to poop on a paper towel or in small litter box for easy waste removal.
Bearded dragons are a very inexpensive animal to own. They cost approximately $40 to $60 at a pet store, plus the cost of setting up their terrarium. Set up costs start at less than $100 for a basic set-up and go up depending on how fancy you would like your bearded dragon’s set up to be. Bearded dragons eat insects such as crickets, which cost around 11 to 15 cents each, and various vegetable and plant scraps that you likely already have on hand. They do not need any toys or accessories.
Bearded dragons are incredibly friendly animals. It is safe to take them out of the cage and let them run around, as long as you supervise them well so they do not escape. They are safe to handle and will even eat right from your hand or snuggle up in the folds of your clothing and sleep. Children are more of a threat to bearded dragons than the other way around.
6. Require Little Space
Another great thing about bearded dragons is that they do not take up a lot of space, so even people living in a small apartment without a yard have room for them. A ten to fifty gallon tank is all that is required, depending on the age and number of bearded dragons living in it.
If you are looking for a great family pet, especially a family pet that will be safe around small children, a bearded dragon may be the pet for you. Check them out at your local pet store and you may fall in love immediately!