RESOURCES & LINKS
"My new little girl (Phoenix) arrived and is everything that I could have hoped for and more. When I opened the box I was stunned to see how saturated in orange she was at such a young age. I am sure that you will receive requests to repeat the pairing of Pele and Vulcan. As always, thank you." - Chris Gibbs, Canada
*Sources for Phoenix Worms, UVB lights, crickets and 20 gallon long starter tanks can be found under Links at the bottom of this page.
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| || ||NEWS!!! I was asked to rewrite The Bearded Dragon Manual. This version contains many of our dragons' pics and valuable information to enable you to properly care for your new dragon. Most of the information in this book has never been released in print and will assist both the new hobbyist and new breeder. To order call 717-359-8669, text 717-357-5231 or email |
|Picture Collectors|| ||
Policy Update - A few years ago, we were alerted by a large reptile seller about “picture collectors.” These folks do not collect reptiles, but rather, pictures from breeders. These folks ask for every conceivable angle of a certain reptile they want to add to their photo collections. This trend was a huge problem for breeders of snakes and has now hit the Bearded Dragon circle. We receive 1- 3 emails a day with these type of “requests.” Considering the fact that our pictures have copyrights and we take a great deal of time to post one exceptional picture of each For Sale dragon, showing the best and any faults of each dragon, multiple pics are not necessary. Sending multiple pics in the past has never resulted in a sale, proving that these folks are illegitimate. The posted pic as well as our excellent guarantee is enough. This new single pic policy discourages “picture collectors” from robbing us of time that would better be spent helping customers by phone or email or in the actual care of the dragons.
|Rehydration Tip|| ||If your dragon has wrinkles in the skin on its sides, it is dehydrated. Since renal failure is a major cause of untimely death in captive Bearded Dragons, make sure he is soaked in a large shallow bowl or container. Misting greens causes bacterial growth so we do not take that approach. We soak our adults and subadults every other day for 15 minutes.|
| Q & A|| ||Q - "How do you keep crickets alive?"|
A - Use a big clear tub. No Lid. When the crickets arrive, just open the box, turn it upside down and shake the egg crate and crickets into the bin. The clear bin allows light in so the crickets run into the egg crate not out the bin. Gutload once a day and change that and a source of water. I put a paper towel roll inside. I pick up the roll and shake some crickets into a small round feeding container. Then I dust and feed.
| || || Poisoning Alert- It has come to our attention that many home improvement stores are selling a houseplant that can cause serious poisoning in pets and children. The plant is called the “Sago Palm” or “Cycad”. All of this plant, including the seeds and root ball are toxic. Signs of illness first appear about 12 hours after ingestion and include gastrointestinal sign such as vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. The toxins in the plant lead to severe liver failure with progressive weakness, jaundice, bruising and bleeding and other signs of liver failure that lead to death. It is estimated that 75-80% of animals ingesting this plant will die in spite of aggressive medical treatment. If you have one of these plants in your home you will want to be sure to keep it away from pets and children, preferably by disposing of it safely in a covered trash can or “rehome” it with someone who does not have pets or young children in the household. Many thanks to the Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital for this important information. |
Repti-Calcium with D3
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Finally, there is a calcium supplement with useful directions for administering the product. For years, we had read labels with variations of "sprinkle lightly." There was no way to tell exactly how much product was needed to be effective for a juvvie or an adult.
Now, the Repti-Calcium label offers the following: "Feed approximately 12 dusted crickets per week for every 2.5 ounces (71 grams) of body weight." Brilliant!
So if you had a 250 gram beardie, Zoo Med recommends feeding about 6 dusted crickets daily (of this product). For anyone who has been putting off the purchase of a gram scale, now is the time.
In addition, the high surface area of the calcium carbonate particles gives this product incredible "sticking" power, even to superworms.
Kudos to Zoo Med!
|Adenovirus in Bearded Dragons||Written by reptile veterinarian, Dan Wentz, DMV, this article contains information on this potential health threat. Reprinted with the permission of the International Herpetological Society. |