Hi! My name is Kaman (pronounced “common”) and welcome to Bearded Dragon Owners! I started my beardie journey like most people, with my kids. My 6-year-old son loves dinosaurs. He could name them all, even the ones that had move vowels than a Dubai roaches colony. Of course, we wanted one for a pet. I mean, he sees them on TV and on YouTube videos so they must be real right?
That put me in “Dad Problem Solving Mode”. First were the dinosaur legos. Then the dinosaur plush dolls. We also got a remote control dinosaur that makes those annoying noises that make you wish Frozen’s “Let’s it go” was still playing 24 hours in the background. None of them were good enough since they weren’t “real”.
That is when I heard about bearded dragons from a church member. I looked up some pictures and thought they were perfect! We were thinking about a pet. My wife was allergic to anything with fur so this seemed to be the perfect solution. Dad solves the problem again!!! All I have to do now is go to a pet store and pick one up. Right?
NOPE! Luckily, I did a quick google search before I left the house. I found things like
And more people saying the same thing.
So I decided to put my internet research skills to work. I was reading and going to Facebook groups to get answers. Unfortunately, there are some mean people that don’t like beginner questions. I learned that not everyone holds my belief that there are no dumb questions.
I got sick of people talking down to people. I was in a few Facebook groups trying to learn about things and people would talk down to me and not want to help. It made me feel bad.
Then I started doing research on websites and that was even more confusing. There was so much conflicting advice out there.
You can use sand. No, sand is dangerous.
You can keep more than 2 dragons together. Bearded dragons are solitary reptiles and very territorial. They will hurt each other if you put them together.
A bearded dragon doesn’t need water. Beardies always need water in their tank.
Mist your beardies to keep them hydrated. Never spray mist on your dragons because it will give them respiratory infections.
I got confused and frustrated. All I wanted was to get a pet for my son. This shouldn’t be so hard!
So after finishing up my pity party I went back to work. I started spending hours and hours of research looking into
- What kind of tank to buy?
- What substrate to use?
- How often should I clean the tank?
- And many other questions
I went through 10+ websites to compare and contrast advice before making decisions. I read veterinarian blog posts. Checked and double-checked to make sure that all the advice I was following was correct and sound.
As I was reading and studying I would run across stories of owners that weren’t as lucky as I was. Their stories of how their babies got sick. People sharing about buying from bad breeders with beardies that had parasites. How they had to spend hundreds of dollars on vet fees to heal their bearded dragons broke my heart.
I am one person. What can I do? All I have is all the research I did. Then my son and baby girl got into a fight about who can play with the blue video game controller. I went in there and had to tell them “Sharing is caring”. That they have to be nice to each other and share. That is when the AHA moment hit! I can do something. I can share all the things I researched. Create a place where people can find trusted advice for their baby beardies! And this site was born!
I hope that you find this your 1 stop shop for all your bearded dragon questions and needs. That you can come here without worrying about if what you read is factual or bad advice. Enjoy the site and let me know if you have any questions or thoughts.