Bearded Dragon thoughts?

OiFisho

I have a bearded dragon who lives in around 48x24x36 LxWxH (It's so tall because it has 2 floors) space. I used to have another in there with him but he sadly died Easter 2018. Even tho he lives in a lizard mansion I think he could be happier. Does anyone know what I could get or do to entertain them with.
 

AggressiveAquatics

As long as he’s getting live foods it sounds like he’s living the life. I’m not really sure what else he could get
 
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OiFisho

As long as he’s getting live foods it sounds like he’s living the life. I’m not really sure what else he could get
Yea, I've decided I'm gonna put some plants in with him for now. I'm still open to suggestions tho.
 
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mimo91088

Yea, I've decided I'm gonna put some plants in with him for now. I'm still open to suggestions tho.
Make sure the plants are safe for him to eat because he'll probably try.
 
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OiFisho

I have, thanks anyways!
Make sure the plants are safe for him to eat because he'll probably try.
 
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ValkyrieLips

Beardies love cuddling soft things, you could try a fleece guinea pig bed, or hammock. They're pretty lazy lizards, but I've seen a few that were trained to come running when called, you could always try that for bonding/entertainment.

Imo as long as he has some live foods, and enough space to move around he should be good.
 
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mimo91088

Yea I didn't even think of the training aspect. Could look into target training him.
 
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OiFisho

Yea I didn't even think of the training aspect. Could look into target training him.
It might be too late to train him, he's 9. Do you know if that's too late or if there even is a too late?
 
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Kribensis27

It might be too late to train him, he's 9. Do you know if that's too late or if there even is a too late?
It really works at any age. I've just started training my 4 year old beardie to respond to her name, and she's making great progress! As long as he's food motivated, as most of them are, you can get him to do practically anything.
 
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ValkyrieLips

It really works at any age. I've just started training my 4 year old beardie to respond to her name, and she's making great progress! As long as he's food motivated, as most of them are, you can get him to do practically anything.

I agree. Unrelated, but I've trained a 14 year old cat and a 1 year old, they only difference was the younger one picked up on the training quicker and was able to learn way more tricks.
 
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Mightaswell

Is there a petsmart near you? They have a bearded dragon ball. You put food in it and they roll it around. I'm thinking about getting one for my new pair but they are too small atm. Basically it's a sphere with 2 holes opposite each other that you pop food in and they try and get it.
 
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OiFisho

Is there a petsmart near you? They have a bearded dragon ball. You put food in it and they roll it around. I'm thinking about getting one for my new pair but they are too small atm. Basically it's a sphere with 2 holes opposite each other that you pop food in and they try and get it.
I've actually been trying to find on of those! I couldn't find them at my local petsmart but next time I go I'll look again.
 
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Fanatic

It's also a good idea to make handling him a routine thing if it isn't already. I have heard from many keepers, especially ones in the warmer parts of the states who keep their bearded dragons out of their tanks for most of the day, since they enjoy being socialized with. The tank can serve as a place for them to rest, and sleep in overnight.
 
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OiFisho

It's also a good idea to make handling him a routine thing if it isn't already. I have heard from many keepers, especially ones in the warmer parts of the states who keep their bearded dragons out of their tanks for most of the day, since they enjoy being socialized with. The tank can serve as a place for them to rest, and sleep in overnight.
I have 2 dogs, so maybe not most the day. I usually get him out for an hour and let him run around and explore the basement. I'm not too worried about my dog named Bella because she's met him and doesn't care. But, my other dog likes to come and stand up on the cage and try to eat him. (Btw, don't introduce lizards to your dogs they might get eaten or hurt my dog somehow sneakied down...)
 
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Mightaswell

It's also a good idea to make handling him a routine thing if it isn't already. I have heard from many keepers, especially ones in the warmer parts of the states who keep their bearded dragons out of their tanks for most of the day, since they enjoy being socialized with. The tank can serve as a place for them to rest, and sleep in overnight.

How long can they stay out of there enclosure at 72f? I try to only keep them out an hour. But if it wont bother them to be out longer then I'll handle them longer.
 
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Luckyscale2003

i would buy one of those reptile leashes and 'walk' him outside for like 15 mins that's what I do with my reptiles.
also just handle them hold them alka round your house sit them nest to you while your doing stuff make it a part of your family and less of a decoration
 
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Mightaswell

i would buy one of those reptile leashes and 'walk' him outside for like 15 mins that's what I do with my reptiles.
also just handle them hold them alka round your house sit them nest to you while your doing stuff make it a part of your family and less of a decoration
I cant wait for leash weather. I'm in Michigan so it's cold as heck right now. But room temp is 72f.
 
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OiFisho

When it's summer, I let my Bearded Dragon run around in my back yard. Does that count as walking?
 
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Mightaswell

Can I see a picture of your enclosure please? It sounds interesting. I have a 4x2x2 that I'm finishing and nows the time for any change before I polyurethane it. I like the multi floor thing but would like to see it.
 
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OiFisho

Can I see a picture of your enclosure please? It sounds interesting. I have a 4x2x2 that I'm finishing and nows the time for any change before I polyurethane it. I like the multi floor thing but would like to see it.
Here ya go!
 

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AggressiveAquatics

Here ya go!
He literally has a 2 story house and toys! The only suggestions I’d make is to add live plants (like you said) and maybe some sticks or something I saw somewhere they enjoy climbing every once and a while
 
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Mightaswell

That's a nice fabrication. I like the routered ramp. I wish I had a router. I'm lucky I have a cordless drill a multi tool and a mitre box hand saw lol.
Here's mine. It's mostly done. I'm just waiting on the rest. Its 4x2x2

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The top part has a gap I'm filling with 6 inch long pieces of 1x2 so I can put them on off as needed for ventilation. And the bottom is getting a piece of 1x3 on the inside of the tank to give me a guard against thrown sand going into the glass track
This is there temporary home. 36 inch wide 18 inch deep 30 inch tall it has plexi doors with a center post between them so they cant escape. I converted a dresser and polyurethane it.

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OiFisho

That's a nice fabrication. I like the routered ramp. I wish I had a router. I'm lucky I have a cordless drill a multi tool and a mitre box hand saw lol.
Here's mine. It's mostly done. I'm just waiting on the rest. Its 4x2x2

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The top part has a gap I'm filling with 6 inch long pieces of 1x2 so I can put them on off as needed for ventilation. And the bottom is getting a piece of 1x3 on the inside of the tank to give me a guard against thrown sand going into the glass track
This is there temporary home. 36 inch wide 18 inch deep 30 inch tall it has plexi doors with a center post between them so they cant escape. I converted a dresser and polyurethane it.

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THEY'RE SO SMALL! I forgot how cute my lizard used to be!
 
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Kribensis27

THEY'RE SO SMALL! I forgot how cute my lizard used to be!
We got our beardie when she was only a week out of the egg. She was about 2 inches when we got her. I don't feel like she's grown much, however she's nearly a foot long now! She was ADORABLE when she was little. She was so tiny that we would lose her in only a 20 long!
(she's in a bigger enclosure now, the 20 long was just for when she was little.)
 
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OiFisho

OK, so, I started scattering food around a couple days ago in my Bearded Dragon's terrarium, then remembered she's been brumating for the past couple of months when the food went uneaten. But I wanna know, is that a good way to entertain her? Also, she is not food driven at all, so will it even work?
 
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