There are a lot of options when you are trying to find out where to buy bearded dragons from. Obviously you will check your local pet shop first but unfortunately most pet shops do not keep exotic pets like reptiles and lizards. But they will be able to tell you where these pets are available. Pet shops do sell accessories like tanks, lighting and pet food.
Other alternative places where you can buy a bearded dragon are:
• Reptile Shows
• Reptile breeders
• Reptile rescue Shelters
• Online vendors
Reptile shows are held in all countries throughout the year. You can check in your local area for dates and venues. This would be a great place to learn more about these animals and get to meet other reptile keepers and hobbyists.
Reptile breeders would have the best place to go bearded dragon shopping. They are experts in herpetology and you will find a wide variety of dragons and other reptiles for sale. It is always cheaper to buy direct from breeders and you can always select the dragon personally opposed to buying online. Unfortunately all breeders do not supply the same quality pets, so do some research and learn more about your intended pet's behavior before you buy one.
Do not rush into buying the first dragon you see, take your time, look around and acquire a first hand knowledge about bearded dragons. This will help you in selecting the finest and healthiest reptile.
What is the right age of the dragon for you to keep? Juvenile dragons are preferably a better choice for beginners but much depends on your experience and knowledge about these animals. Young dragons can be raised as you want them, while adults will have habits and personalities you are not aware of.
Baby bearded dragons less than three months of age are very fragile and will need extra care in raising them. A visual inspection can determine an approximate age of the dragon for example a male dragon that is six weeks old will be about six & half inches long, a seven week old will be seven inches and a twelve week old would be roughly eleven inches long. Females will be about half an inch shorter than males.
If you are buying a juvenile bearded dragon you do not have much option in choosing its sex. It is very difficult to determine if it is a boy or a girl in young dragons. How many of these reptiles you want to keep really depends upon how many you can afford to take care of.
It is important to buy a healthy dragon to take home. Poorly cared for or sick dragons will add to the cost of keeping them. Some of the good signs of a healthy dragon are:
• Clean and clear eyes
• Head held high
• Tail lifted and slightly curved upwards
• Stomach full, active and basking in a clean enclosure
Do not select dragons that look panicky when approached, has lumps or bumps on its body, missing or damaged limbs, wet vents, thin, dirty surroundings and poorly kept tanks.
Be sure to have the enclosure ready with all its accessories working before you take your new pet home. When you reach home put the carrier box inside the tank and let the lizard come out on its own. It will take some time for the reptile to get used to the new environment. Normally it takes a week but be patient, follow its feeding and keeping routines and enjoy the company of your new pet.