Housing Multiple Bearded Dragons

Chris Stephens By Chris Stephens, 2nd Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1dwfhgsf/
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We all know that housing multiple reptiles and amphibians inside the same enclosure can be successfully done; bearded dragons should actually be housed individually. Bearded dragons are naturally territorial animals; the largest males will establish the largest territories in the wild.

Housing Bearded Dragons

We all know that housing multiple reptiles and amphibians inside the same enclosure can be successfully done; bearded dragons should actually be housed individually. Bearded dragons are naturally territorial animals; the largest males will establish the largest territories in the wild. In mating season the females may pass by the males but if another male passes through, then he is met by head bobbing, beard billowing, and other treats of violence if they come to close, by the dominate male. These behaviors are also seen in captivity.

When housing multiple bearded dragons together in one enclosure, each bearded dragon will need their own climbing branches, heating items, and hides. To avoid domination of multiple males, there will also need to be separate food dishes at separate parts of the terrarium will ensure that both males will get plenty to eat. A 125 gallon is said to be the best to use when multiple dragons are housed together to ensure ample room. This size will be best for two adults, or three juveniles. A clouded enclosure will lead to increase stress levels, lowered immune systems, loss of appetite, and increase aggression among the bearded dragons.

Housing juveniles and adult dragons should never take place. This can easily lead to injury, mutilation and even death for the smaller dragons. Also larger adult dragons may also see the baby dragons as food items and may try to eat them. When housed multiple females it seems to be a more peaceful environment. While with the males, tend to be much more aggressive behaviors. These behaviors will mostly be seen with three to six year old bearded dragon males, this may be because of the social dominance that animals within this age range must have in order to spread their genes in the wild.

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Bearded Dragon, Bearded Dragons, Beardie, Housing

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