Here There Be Dragons

So, Shannon & I may have gotten some new pets in the last week – two yellow phase central bearded dragons! We’ve been talking about getting reptiles for a long time, and just haven’t quite gotten there. But then these two lovely ladies, their enclosure & everything that we needed for a full reptile set-up came up on the Clermont Buy/Swap/Sell page, and we went for a look. I have to admit that I fell in love with the girls as soon as we saw them.  They are extremely well socialized – you can pick them up, hold them, pat them, and let them crawl around on your shirt.

Looking after reptiles can be a pretty big learning curve. They can be very particular about their food, and you need to pay close attention to the temperature in their enclosure. Shannon & I were driving home on every one of our breaks from work this week to check on the temperature in their tank until we managed to hook up a thermostat to regulate the temperature automatically. We’ve also had to keep an eye on their water intake – apparently dragons can be pretty silly animals, and will sometimes be too lazy to actually drink, even if they become dehydrated.

Here’s a few snaps of our girls (who still need names by the way, just in case anyone has some suggestions):

8 Comments

  1. Trees

    I’m so jealous! I want some too, they would be good apartment pets too I bet? I don’t think lizards as fabulous as these gals would be legal in nz. Although I can’t say I’m got any idea as to what a good name would be.

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      I don’t know about NZ laws specifically but apparently bearded dragons are pretty popular pets all over the world! In Australia you’ve got to get a Reptile Licence before you can keep them though. I reckon they’d be good apartment pets, although they do drive up your power bill a bit with the heating & cooling costs.

      I love them so much!

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  2. Amy Lynn

    Beardies are great little lizards! We used to raise them for a local pet shop. And no reptile license needed here in the states. :)

    As for the power bill, we didn’t see much of an increase when we only had our adults. Whenever we had a clutch of eggs incubating or babies in their own tanks, then yeah, we saw an increase in our power bill.

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    1. theowloddity

      Oh, it must have been really interesting to have eggs and babies! Shannon would really like to consider breeding our girls eventually.

      I think the worst thing for our power bill is the Australian Summer, especially living in Central QLD – during the hottest days of the Summer we need to run the air-conditioning in the dragons room pretty much constantly so that the tank won’t over heat (we’re talking 40+ degrees Celsius days)!

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  3. trisha

    they are so adorable :D I love the look on her face when you pull the leaf away ^^

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      They are the most gorgeous little things, aren’t they? <3

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  4. Ninja Misfit

    Laverne and Shirley! They are gorgeous – I look forward to more pics. If we ever meet up in person I have a story to share with you about a baby Eastern Water Dragon. You’ll like it. Sarah xxx

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  5. sashibala

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥ I am in love!!! :) ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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