Bearded Dragon, The Best Pet Reptile?

Bearded Dragon, The Best Pet Reptile?

Well welcome everybody. We’re here today to
talk about the bearded dragon and you might be here because you saw our other
video about the five best pet reptiles. And you thought hey the bearded dragon
that might be for me. Well I’m glad you’re here. If you haven’t seen before
it’s right there so check it out. I love bearded dragons.
We have ranked the bearded dragon, already, as one of the five best pet
reptiles for a brand new reptile keeper. And we’ve given them an overall score of
3.8 out of 5. Which is actually a very high score. Maybe isn’t
what you want on a quiz in high school but the truth is any reptile you get is
going to have some pros and some cons. And you’ve got to decide, given the pros
and the cons, is this the right reptile for me. And I’m telling you the bearded
dragon is spectacular in oh so many ways. Our 5 criteria, upon which we decided
this overall score, are handleability, care, hardiness, availability … that finger doesn’t work …
and upfront costs. So let’s start with our first category handleability. For handleability we have given these animals a 4 out of 5. And
really really the only reason they didn’t get a 5 out of 5 is because
you’ve got to be careful that they don’t poop on you. Which, I mean, that could
be a big deal for some people. It’s kind of a big deal for me. I have learned
how to get around this and that is because bearded dragons come straight
from nature basically potty trained. If you give them a little bath before you
handle them they will do their business in there. You give them a little rinse
off no worries. But that is a serious concern and I don’t ever want it to
happen to me. It hasn’t happened yet – because I’m careful. Other than that
they’re just unbelievable. I mean you can see how they are they’re just happy to
just hang out with you. They like to be in the highest place they can get to. So
if you put them on your arm they’ll climb up on your shoulder they’ll hang
out – they’re good to go. I’ve been places before where I set a
bearded dragon on a table and it just sat there for an hour, hour and a half,
during a class or or a seminar and just looked at people. And just looked around.
And for a while people like “is that real” and then it turns its head and they just
“whoa!” It’s the coolest thing they’ve ever seen in their lives – they love him.
They’re unlikely to bite you. I have accidentally been nipped as part of a
feeding response by a bearded dragon but I’ve never been bitten by a dragon
while I was holding it. They’re unlikely to scratch you, I mean superficial little
cuts. They do have nails but they’re not gonna break the skin or anything you’re
not gonna bleed because they scratched you. Something I adore about the Agamid
lizards, which are the group that the bearded dragons belong to, is that they
don’t lose their tails! I love that they don’t lose their tails! It’s the greatest
thing ever that a lizard could have as an attribute is it doesn’t drop its tail!
Because it’s the scariest thing in the world when they might. And you don’t have
to worry about that with a bearded dragon. A bearded dragon is no more
likely to lose its tail than your cat is. Additionally they’re big enough that
they can handle a little bit of rough handling. Not too rough, you always want
to be careful with them. But you can hand them to a relatively small child and as
long as they’re well supervised you make sure they’re not going to drop them or
kick them or squeeze them really hard something like that. With normal handling
they’re just gonna do great and they’re gonna be mellow and they’re gonna hang
out. I adore bearded dragon – you can tell.
When it comes to care we give them a 3 out of 5. There are actually a
lot of drawbacks to bearded dragon care. One of them, and a big one, is that their
diet is somewhat complex. These guys are omnivores, which means they meat and
plants and they need a lot of variety when it comes to meat and plants. So
you’re gonna need various different kinds of insect feeders – which could mean
things like dubia roaches, crickets, superworms and we’ve actually got links to
where you can get those things down in the [description]. You can find them
relatively affordably. I buy them in bulk online – I didn’t have to start doing
that until I started keeping bearded dragons because man they can go through
the insects. You’re also gonna need really good plants and a variety of them.
Things like mustard greens, collard greens, kale. These things are excellent.
Baby spring mix can be very good for them. Try to avoid things like spinach
and broccoli which bind calcium you don’t need to stress too much about why
but don’t give them these sorts of plants and just research – there are a
million places online. They’re going to need calcium supplements and other
vitamin supplements in addition to the variety of both insect feeders and
plants. They need to be kept at relatively high temperatures and you’re
gonna achieve this with basking lights. You need an ambient temperature of you
know 78 to 80 degrees with a basking area 90 to 100 degrees.
And then in addition to just heat, they also need UV bulbs. UVB is very
important to them. They’re going to need this UV exposure and those lamps
can be fairly expensive – we’ll get to that later. But that is something you’re
going to need to keep up with. You’re gonna need to replace that bulb every
six months to a year. Also, a common complaint about bearded dragons is that
they can be kind of stinky and I will be honest – they have a distinct bearded
dragon-ly aroma. It’s not necessarily a terrible smell but you usually can tell
at least when you walk into a room that this is a room that has had bearded
dragons in it recently. When it comes to hardiness, we’re giving these guys a 4
out of 5 and that’s a that’s a high score. They are a very hardy animal. They
can tolerate a lot of little mistakes. One of the easiest ways to kill them
would be to get them too cold for a long time or way way hot. You know, that
can be one of the the hard things about needing a really hot basking area is
it’s hard to achieve a really hot basking area in a very small enclosure.
So they need a fairly large enclosure so that they can have a good temperature
gradient. So they can decide what temperature do I want to be at and you
don’t accidentally cook your lizard. If you’re not giving them UVB radiation
from a UV light source. If you’re not giving them things like calcium
powder then you’re going to run the risk of them getting metabolic bone disease –
which can kill them off, not as quickly as heat or cold but fairly quickly. When
it comes to availability these guys are everywhere – we give them a 5 out of 5. You
go into a pet shop that sells reptiles they sell bearded dragons guaranteed. If
not they’re out and they will have more next week. What would be better would be
to go to a breeder and there are lots of breeders because bearded dragons are
easy to breed. This one here she’s got kind of the traditional bearded dragon
coloration and texture. Bearded dragons are a little bit spiky in nature, but not
always. This one’s got a smooth back it’s called a leatherback. And there are all
kinds of different texture and color morphs out there for bearded dragons. So
if you’re willing to look a little bit you can find some really neat looking
bearded dragons. The last thing is upfront cost. We give them a score of
3 out of 5. And this really, I mean the reason they don’t get a 5 out of 5
comes exclusively to their enclosure. The cost
of a bearded dragon is very very reasonable. You can pick up a bearded
dragon very cheap and for this reason a lot of people buy them and then they
don’t how is them appropriately. Housing is going to be essential if you want a
happy long-lived bearded dragon. They need a fairly large enclosure and fairly
expensive lighting. These are going to be your big expensive upfront costs. Once
you’ve paid for that, you’re still going to need to replace that bulb
periodically. Food gets kind of expensive for them. So they can be an expensive pet
but they are very very rewarding. Really excellent. For something with as much
personality as they have, that is handleable and hardy and just fun as a
bearded dragon – they’re hard to beat for any price. Once again, our overall score
for the bearded dragon is 3.8 out of 5. And we are so grateful
that you’ve been here. If you think the bearded dragon is for you let us know. As
always: like and subscribe. We can’t wait to see you again and we hope to see you
real soon! [Go.] That’s not the word. [Action!] With a working hand. One more time
with my hand that works right.

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Bearded Dragon, The Best Pet Reptile?

  1. Minthu Waiyan says:

    Can i put my Bearded dragon tank in the room with air con?

  2. Nicolas Tomlinson says:

    Hi, I think your videos are fantastic! But I recommend maybe showing us each reptiles enclosure as you talk about them. Thank you 🙂

  3. AngelMeech OL says:

    Please help. My bearded dragon has bumps on its back. He moves very slow, and seems to be stressed and agitated. My mom refuses to buy him a proper diet and uvb light. Please respond soon, as I am very worried about him.

  4. Bridget_Monkeys64 says:

    I really want a lizard that has the handle ability and hardiness of a bearded dragon but the care and cost of a crested gecko. I really want a lizard that can and will sit on my shoulder and will eat the powdered food that you mix with water or even better pellets!

  5. DJCreepero says:

    I also got hurt by a bite from my beardie and that was the last time I hand fed her

  6. Sarah Barry says:

    I know this video is older, but you should do a "rad facts video" on bearded dragons

  7. Zack Dustagheer says:

    I think It’s 5 out of 5

  8. James Osman says:

    And tomorrow I get my first reptile a bearded dragon, 4 weeks of research and watching this video ?

  9. Expired glass says:

    Could you make a video on occelated skinks?

  10. Not Sure says:

    My guy isn’t a fan of veggies or super worms. All of the super worms are now beetles and are breeding in his tank lol

    He eats the beetles but rarely. He also occasionally eats spring mix but he loooooves dubia roaches. Thankfully they’re breeding under the soil in his tank too and I haven’t bought any in months.

    I never noticed a smell with any of these lizards. Only thing gag inducing is their poop. They only poop once a day or less so if you can get them to poop on a towel or blankie, they’re good to run around without crapping on anything all day. He doesn’t poop in his tank much anymore so I just take him out and place him on his blanket for easy clean up.

  11. OSTRICH6784 says:

    Why hi there you might be here today because you want to learn about humans. now overall here at beardies humans we give them a 4.5 out of 5. and that will come down to our 5 categories which are
    handleability: how often they hold you
    care: how well they give you what you need
    hardiness: how tolerable they are
    availability: how often you find them
    and upfront cost: how expensive they are

    ok to be honest i just want some veggies right now so lets skip to availability. for availability we give the humans a 6/5. these animals are so easy to find we think there are too many of them. the problem is that….. ok can i just please get some food i dont work unless i get my veggies. i hope this human has veggies. human do you have veggies? no? ok. so i need veggies so i will see you next week on beardies humans

  12. Komodo King says:

    Clint looks like he hasn’t slept in days????

  13. Mason Britton says:

    Would you say that breeding a colony of Dubia Roaches would be worth it for feeding a Beardie?

  14. Some Random Stuff says:

    The basking temperatures should be 105f to 115 f degrees

  15. guess what says:

    Whoa you're not supposed to give Bearded Dragons Kale. It's in the same category as broccoli and spinach.

  16. Soylent Green says:

    My bearded passed away a few years ago he was eight years old and one of the coolest pets I ever had. He was super friendly,never bit,ate everything I gave to him. Now I’m in a smaller house so I don’t have room for another one but I definitely miss having one just a dog for now. I love her too of course. And yes they are very stinky.

  17. James Pigeon ᄒつᄒ says:

    Clint start a series called “the best pet amphibian?”

  18. xXEpic&DivineCJXx says:

    Definitely considering one.

  19. S4m1r YT says:

    +1 subscriber ^-^

  20. Oliver The Chinchilla says:

    my vet is the vet for the SD Zoo Reptiles- he says that if you gut load your bugs with laying-hen feed and keep your UVB/Heat correct, then you can skip the calcium dusting. He said he sees Beardies that get od’d on calcium powder. idk, just some info i’d pass on. We do this with ours and he’s a big, healthy 4y/o now

  21. Walda Tamez says:

    QUESTION: can they be housed with other types of lizard? or only 1 dragon (and/or) lizard per housing? I'm sure this depends on their size, right?

  22. TheMovieHero says:

    Hey Clint, I've watched a ton of your videos in finding my first reptile! You're very helpful and informative. I think I'm getting a bearded dragon (was between that, a Crested Gecko and Leopard Gecko). Would the Exo Terra 36X18X18 be a good size for an adult Beardie? I plan on getting a baby or young one but want them to be comfortable in the enclosure as an adult as well.

  23. Eduardo Cerna says:

    Lol 2:46

  24. DrAppleCrispies says:

    I notice a lot of the smell can be taken out with a proper diet

  25. hiển says:

    I thought this was a Pogona barbata

  26. Austin Koren says:

    I'm very very surprised you didnt mention they are venomous or talk about their third eye your usually great with small facts people dont know.

  27. Drew Smith says:

    I’m sold just bc they don’t lose their tails

  28. Drew Smith says:

    Do you suggest a thermostat for them? I’m 12 I only have so much money

  29. Ashton Cook says:

    My beardie us severely underweight please help me

  30. Mrguygaming YT says:

    I have 1 question, what time do I turn off the lights at night?
    Or do i keep them on low?
    Thanks for the info!

  31. Jules Dolan says:

    Clint! Check your nails…..on the beardy on the right side.

  32. R. L. says:


  33. Snazzy Lord says:

    I love these videos

  34. annamarie king says:

    My beardie, Khadgar, doesnt like pooping on people he cares about. He always does his business before breakfast, but if we happen to wake him up a little early he will walk away to poop, then vome back. Very good boi

  35. code_dredd says:

    My beardie is now 7.5 yrs old and has been with me from the beginning. Khrono hatched around Jan. 6, 2012 and I got him on Feb. 18, 2012. He's like a slightly interactive potato :3

  36. Matt Patterson says:

    When you mentioned bearded dragons are basically potty trained I realized I have an exceptionally well trained beardie. He just started going to the bathroom in the same spot in his terrarium every time.

  37. Zues Toots says:

    our 3 month old beardie pooped on my shoulder for the first time the other day. worth it. it happens

  38. Elise Friesen says:

    This is the video that drew me to the breed and a month later here I am with my new beardie he’s 4months old and beautiful

  39. Lonely_Man says:

    Have a question plz awnser it I just got one so did my dad and I have the heat light and I am wondering should it be on all day plz awnser it they are baby’s btw

  40. kuraii says:

    I want my beardie to be very healthy. Before I got him, I bought his terrarium for about $140 and changed the Lights cost about $130. Then I bought a sand-clay substrate for about $30 and him for $80. (He is a citrus beardie, and i bought everything in germany bc i live here lol)

  41. Jonah Cyr says:

    My cat lost its tail

  42. Amy Medley says:

    My beardie hasn’t pooped on me ?

  43. All Powerful Mitochondria says:

    Why is my baby still a runt?

  44. x says:

    I've decided a bearded dragon is not the pet for me yet but one day! They're very lovely reptiles

  45. Willerd Brandt says:

    so cool dood

  46. JAERIAL says:


  47. Mackenzie Perrault says:

    He mentions kale, but kale does bind calcium, not as much as brocolli or spinach, but it's not a fantastic source of calcium for your reptile, so sayeth the google.

  48. Sarath Sunil says:

    Be sure to read honest and real reviews of The Bearded Dragon Guide on my blog before you buy. Go to gohonestreviews. com/the-bearded-dragon-guide-review/ Thanks, Alford.

  49. Some Random Stuff says:

    Doesn't kale bind calcium?

  50. gabriela rath says:

    My bearded dragon has pooped on me and it wasn’t very pleasant… I’ve been pooped and peed on by a baby and a rabbit, but bearded dragon was by far the worst

  51. ChrisAllGod says:

    The worst thing about them is their defecation every chance mine gets he will take a dump outside of his cage so I strategically pick my times and give him a bath so I can play with him

  52. nick svaluto says:

    Clint, if I was to consider this lizard. I was wondering if I was to stick the Enclosure by a door wall would would that cover uv requirements

  53. Plushmaker Nihilego says:

    My rating:
    Handing: 4.8
    Care: 4.9 you can go to some stores and get best deals on basking light in Home Depot.
    Harddenes: 4.6
    Availability: 5
    Cost: 4.3 get the babies it cost less

  54. BBD Nd LSD says:

    Oh so this is what happened to the copy of the doctor

  55. Ranet Uusmets says:

    Not in Estonia i cant find then

  56. Lonely_Man says:

    I got my bearded dragon because of you ?

  57. Max Burka says:

    Man oh man do I miss my Beardie. Such a great pet

  58. Cynic The Hedgehog says:

    Beardie is the only lizard I’ve ever cared for, alongside a ferret, the both of which were pets owned by my former roommate. And they are super chill, if not mildly boring.

  59. PvM Destroyer says:

    I’d give more of a 3/5 on handling their claws leave a bunch of scratches at least mine does and it breaks skin

  60. Alexandra Ruel says:

    I got my beardie off of Craig's list for an upfront cost of $100 for everything. She was completely healthy and happy. I would definitely recommend!

  61. Imaybewrong _butidoubtit says:

    I am an animal fanatic in general, but after getting my first beardie, I have gained an even better appreciation for reptiles, and tomorrow I will be trying to convince my mom to let me get a corn snake (she's afraid of snakes). I have already got the information I need (thx to your video and a friend of mine who has one) and I have the enclosure I'd need (from a previously housed beardie who was moved to a bigger tank) so now I'll I need is the approval, which with the help from a little psychology mixed with my fantastic convincing and negotiating skills, I'm sure I can win her over. ?

  62. Zena O'Brien says:

    Omg, they're so cute <3 I love how they can climb all over you and are just chill about it.

  63. Mrguygaming YT says:

    1 thing
    Bearded dragons only smell if their poop doesnt get cleaned thoroughly
    If you can clean its poop good, your beardie wont smell

  64. Meghan Picard says:

    I recently got my first beardie. I quickly learned about the lighting and food costs lol. Its 100% worth the trouble. Shes one of the coolest pets I've ever owned!

  65. Sarah Mohr says:

    I adopted an adult bearded dragon with extreme mbd. He can't hold his own weight and he can't lift his head. I've been working with him for two months and now he can scoot around and get onto his hamic. The previous owners had him for 3 years and didn't have any carpeting or heating bulbs. They were going to put him down if it weren't for me… He is doing a lot better and that's all I can ask for. Yes mbd can't be reversed but he can get stronger. A little love goes a long way ?
    I love your videos! You are the person who got me into reptile research and love.

  66. x vicious says:

    Dear Clint, you are probably not going to see this but I have an about 5 month old beardie but he is very mean. I try to pick him up but he bites me on purpose. When I stick my hand in his cage to do anything he opens his mouth and puffs out his beard. I just thought I would comment this and see what you say.

  67. Ashley W says:

    What's worse a bearded dragon poo on you or a 8 foot board popping on you lol my boa had done it while I was holding him and walking around with him in my neighborhood lol it wasn't nice at all lol

  68. 21'st Century Digital Boy says:

    One of the calmest lizards I've ever had. All around good guys. I recommend a bioactive enclosure to remedy the smell issue.

  69. JayDream Animations says:

    Not all bearded dragons are nice guys you can get bad ones anything with a mouth can bite and will be harmful.

  70. why am I a tree says:

    My bearded dragon is obsessed with hair and especially ponytails I don't know why but he is

  71. Wreck Wrack says:

    I'd like to add that Locusts are fantastic for feeding. Cheaper than dubias, slightly more expensive than crickets but way better nutritionally for beardies. I'd recommend them if you don't like the idea of breeding dubias.

  72. KinsleyIsAwsome k says:

    I’m really good with reptiles and you taught me things I did not know! Ty 🙂

  73. Kevin Pritchett says:

    What do u think a monthly price on food is per month or so for a good diet for an adult?

  74. Ryan Hammond says:

    i dunno about everyone else, but my bearded dragon literally doesn't smell at all, only when he goes to the toilet

  75. Angelica Lewis says:

    …. Bro

  76. Share my Actually Happened Story Booth Animated says:

    I have a 3 year old bearded dragon and it mades me bleed with its nails.

  77. THE FROGFAM says:

    Whenever I'm thinking of getting another reptile I come to this channel cause you have the best care videos

  78. Haruki Kino says:

    My husband and i lost our bearded dragon Ray of almost 7 years yesterday ? suddenly and in a sad way and i wanted to share with people how to hopefully help others from losing a loved one. Our little man never once puffed up or black bearded us and he never ran away or hurt us he was the sweetest thing he only tried to snuggle up and lick us ? we never had any health issues prior to the last week and the issues we thought he was having was impaction but its turns out he had fluid in his body cavity (it was there a long time we always thought it was fat and so did his vet prior to his xray) and that fluid collapsed his lung ? suddenly we had about 3 days notice and the only notice we got was a strange twiching we saw one day on his side and that he stopped pooping and he stopped eating we didnt notice a behavior change or a black beard ?. Please if your beardy looks chunky and it hangs down a little like liquid have him xrayed or you may lose your loved one…ray meant the world to us we have cried non stop since yesterday please dont make our mistake just take your beardy to the vet spend the 100-150 for an xray over losing a family member ? we love you so so so much ray we are sorry we didnt know

  79. Lonely_Man says:

    I got mine because of you you I love it he is so cute

  80. Andy's Outdoor Adventure's says:

    You do this about every reptile?? not being rude, im just saying, i oove your channel

  81. Clayton Colston says:

    You are the only person I can trust on YouTube about reptiles

  82. Mushu my man says:

    I would rate them like this:
    Handling is a 5
    Care is a 3
    Hardiness is a 4
    Availability is a 5
    Upfront cost is 3
    An overall score of 4

  83. Claire Ryan says:

    We have a bearded dragon and we love him he loves to look out the window

  84. Chrissy Lowe says:

    I love my breaded dragon he loves cuddling and being with me

  85. The Deff Stars says:

    4:55 what did you just say is what that dragon would have said

  86. Dar Candelaria says:

    Are the different textures of the bearded dragons make them have different character? for example I have a smooth coat mini dachshund and they're known to be more high energy compared to the long hair mini dachshund. I know it sounds silly because I'm talking about dogs but I'm wondering if it's the same with lizards ?

  87. Teddy beast Ftw says:

    I actually own a bearded dragon and she is the best. Yes she has pooped on me a bit but that would really be the only con for her. She is only two months old but amazing

  88. taz200032 says:

    I love watching your videos they are so informative.

  89. Amaya Ells says:

    I know the Beardies the rest of the world gets are the Central Beardies (Pogona vitticeps). Due to policies in Australia I am getting and Eastern Beardie (Pogona barbata) does anyone know how they might differ?

  90. Natalie Browne says:

    Im planning on getting a beardie for Christmas i'm obsesed with them right now. i made my own care sheet and it was so fun.
    Dont worry i'm doing my research.

  91. Megan Nicole Sylvia says:

    Be careful about buying them from pet stores because I bought a bearded dragon that got MBD while in the pet store. I recommend a breederz

  92. THE BAM FAM says:

    ? content, ? ✊!

  93. Brodie says:

    4:50 ''Mentions Bearded Dragons may have a slight aroma'' Bearded dragon raises head as if to say ''Human, I have to put up with YOUR odor too!'' Hahahah Beardies are so adorable. Great video!

  94. Daniel Bernardo says:

    all reptiles are the best reptiles

  95. Jonathan Boram says:

    I miss my little bearded dragon. I bought one after doing a lot of research when I was a kid. Unfortunately after taking him to a vet we found out he had parasites already when we bought him. After weeks of giving him medicine with a syringe he was doing better, but we just couldn't get him healthy. We ended up giving him to the vet because it was taking so much time, and costing so much in medicine and vet appointments. He is alive and thriving now at the vets office. Maybe one of these days I'll get another dragon, I'll just be more careful about where I get it from.

  96. 20Nick Ponce De Leon says:

    Does anyone know what to do when your baby bearded dragons stomach has black circles on it


    Hello! I was wondering if you would consider maybe making some tank set up videos? you’re so honest and very informative I would definitely trust your advice on tank set up for different reptiles. have a good day. 🙂

  98. Dylan Slaybaugh says:

    My bearded dragon is loved and tooken care of but you don't need to do all these extras they adapt to anything, I've only used uva basking light no uvb never heard of it, I've had him for seven months still sheds and everything, but uvb don't really need, I use zoo med repti basking lamp and my boy healthy

  99. Josh The Weirdo says:

    I love your videos. What do you think of toads as pets? I love those bumpy amphibians.

  100. Lizardjoe xx says:

    My bearded dragons claws always cut me open

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