Why Keeping Two Bearded Dragons Together Is a Very Bad Idea

Keeping two bearded dragons together is unnatural. In their natural environment bearded dragons are quite happy leading solitary lives. Males and females will come together to mate, then, having performed the deed, will go off on their separate ways again. Members of the same sex do not come together to socialise.

In setting up a bearded dragon’s vivarium we concentrate on getting its living conditions as close as possible to how it lives in the wild. We wouldn’t think of lowering the basking temperature just because we would be uncomfortable sitting under that degree of heat – so why is it that we so often think they are miserable living on their own as nature intended just because we wouldn’t like to live like that?

Why is it that we put time and energy into researching their physical needs, but ignore all the evidence that points to their social requirements?

Let’s face it – people buy two bearded dragons out of the mistaken belief that they need company. I did it myself so I can’t criticise, but I can question, why? It appears that as human beings are very social animals we cannot come to terms with any creature that appreciates solitude. The only other animal similar in these requirements is the far more common hamster. And it’s probably only that a great many more people have had experience with keeping these as pets for a much longer period of time than the relatively new bearded dragon that there is a more general acceptance of this. No pet shop would sell you two hamsters to live in the same cage together, but they’ll happily sell you a pair of bearded dragons.

As bearded dragons are notoriously difficult to sex until they are adult – and even then ‘males’ can surprise their owners by laying eggs – buying two juveniles is a risky business. It is generally accepted that two males will fight, but people assume that two females or a male and female will live happily together. Wrong. They may do, or they may do for a number of years, but there are reports that even after 5 or more years they turn on each other. And beardies can do very severe damage in the first fight, sometimes resulting in death or at the very least, serious injury.

The result of keeping a male and female together is that they will breed. That sounds a wonderful idea at first, but after you’ve paid for new vivariums to house the 40 or 50 babies that result, and then look at having to do it a second, third, fourth and goodness knows how many times around, it’s not just the female that’s suffering from the over eager attentions of the male, but your purse and your time! If you don’t want the eggs to hatch you can freeze them immediately after they are laid which is a humane way of disposing of them before the embryo develops its nervous system. But constantly being gravid will damage the female’s health. No wonder in the wild females keep away from males!

The worst thing that we can do when keeping bearded dragons – or any kind of reptiles or even other pets come to that – is to humanise them. I still get asked whether you can leave eggs in the vivarium to hatch! Apart from the fact they won’t hatch as the environment is all wrong, as soon as those cute little hatchlings emerge from their eggs the mother would simple view them as a delicious meal and gobble them up. They do not have a maternal instinct like we do, and are no lesser creatures for that. They are simply not human! We weren’t sure what sex a deformed baby we kept was until one day when he was fully grown we let him out at the same time as his parents. He immediately tried to mate with his mother and kill his father. Quite natural for a bearded dragon.

Bearded dragons have bearded dragon thoughts and feelings as well as physical requirements and these should be taken into account as much as anything else when setting up the vivarium. If you want two bearded dragons, even if you’re planning to mate them, have two separate vivariums. For bearded dragons this is being kind, not cruel. Getting this right is as important as getting the heating, substrate and feeding requirements right.

The Pros and Cons of Keeping Rabbits As Pets

Learn Why Rabbits Make Great Pets

Rabbits are a popular choice of pets for people all over the world and there are many reasons why people love to keep them around. First of all rabbits are very small in size and therefore they don’t require a lot of space for their upkeep. Because of their size, children find them convenient to be around as they are not intimidating.

Another good thing about rabbits is their appearance. They are very adorable and cute as pets. This makes them very likeable too. Rabbits also require low maintenance once you take them home. They feed on dried foods, vegetables and grass hay which is very easy to buy and readily available. They are also very immune to many different diseases and require little or no vaccinations.

Rabbits have a long life span compared with other animals of similar size. Some of them could live for as long as 10 years when they are properly taken care of. They also don’t require a lot of attention as they are very independent and can do a lot of things on their own just like cats. You can easily allow them out of their cages to run around and exercise their bodies and if you have more than one, you organize races for them which are fun to watch.

If you are looking for a pet to play with both indoors and outdoors then rabbits are just perfect. They are very playful and show a lot of affection towards their owners. They like to lick you just like dogs and make just as nice a pet. Rabbits also have a lot of personality even though they are very small. They are intelligent and can be litter box trained to help keep their cages clean.

In spite of all the advantages of having pet rabbits, there are also some disadvantages that you should be aware of. First of all rabbits can be stubborn when you are first trying to train them. It can be very time consuming when teaching them to use the litter box for the first time and you should be really patient during that time. You will also have to clean the litter box regularly and disinfect it to prevent odors and infections. Cages should also be cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent bad odors in your house.

Rabbits tend to chew anything they come into contact with which can lead to damage of very important things. You should make sure your home is rabbit-proofed if you plan to keep rabbits as pets and let them run loose in your home. During unfavorable weather conditions such as extremely low temperatures, rabbits may have to be given special attention to prevent diseases especially if they live outdoors. You may want to put them indoors during this time or fix some type of heater for their cages.

Getting vaccinations or finding medical experts for rabbits can be quite difficult in some locations compared with more popular pets such as dogs and cats. For instance you might want to get your pet rabbit’s teeth trimmed to prevent uncontrolled chewing but finding a medical expert for the procedure could be difficult.

All in all rabbits do make great pets and the pros out weigh the cons by a large margin. Probably the biggest problem is trying to choose what kind of rabbit to get as a pet because there so many different varieties. They come in many sizes, looks, colors, etc. but choosing the best one is part of the fun.