How To Tame Your Dragon

How To Tame Your Dragon
Sara Xavier studied Veterinary Medicine at Oporto University, and graduated in 2012. She has work experience in Portugal, the U.K. and Australia and briefly worked at Anima. In 2013 she joined Green Cross Veterinary Clinic, first as an assistant, and now as a veterinarian. She currently has a rabbit called Mushi, but grew up with birds, fish and a turtle.

Sara Xavier studied Veterinary Medicine at Oporto University, and graduated in 2012. She has work experience in Portugal, the U.K. and Australia and briefly worked at Anima. In 2013 she joined Green Cross Veterinary Clinic, first as an assistant, and now as a veterinarian. She currently has a rabbit called Mushi, but grew up with birds, fish and a turtle.

Dear Dr. Dolittle
I’m thinking of buying a bearded dragon but I’ve never had a reptile before. What should I get for him?
- Of Dragons and Scales- Fa Chi Kei

Dear Of Dragons and Scales
Firstly you need a terrarium. Make sure it’s big enough for him (if you buy a baby one and don’t want to buy a new one every time he grows, buy a bigger one from the start) and make sure that it has a screen lid cover (not plastic or glass, as air cannot flow properly with these). For the flooring the best material is a specific reptile carpet, but newspaper or paper towels are also good. Make sure you get a full spectrum light (UVA and UVB) and a basking light. The first should be the length of the terrarium, but the second one should only be on one of the sides, so he can warm himself under the light or cool down on the other side, as he wishes (remember that reptiles are cold blooded animals!). Lastly, you can buy some tank accessories, like hammocks, hides, rocks and a background so he can feel more comfortable and at home.