A bearded dragon of any age must be mentally and physically stimulated to be happy. You can't just put your bearded dragon in a glass terrarium or enclosure, talk to him a few times a day and expect him to thrive. Caring for a baby bearded dragon means ensuring he eats right, socializes with family members and has plenty to do to keep his mind and body active.
Start By Building Trust
A baby bearded dragon may be a rambunctious little ball of energy. But, he likely will be nervous until the two of you develop a friendship. Before you can enjoy playing with your baby bearded dragon, build trust.
- Handle the baby frequently. Hold him over a soft place, such as a couch, a bed or carpeted floor. A baby who falls on a hard surface such as concrete could suffer a spinal injury or even die. If he struggles when you hold him, don't let him down until he is calm. To calm him, put your hand over his eyes or stroke his head.
- Keep your baby dragon's enclosure in a busy area in the home.
- Frequently talk to the dragon when he's in his enclosure.
- Hand-feed him.
Before handling your baby bearded dragon, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. Do not use any kind of hand sanitizer as it may make your dragon sick.
Playing With Your Bearded Dragon
Once your baby dragon trusts you, the real fun begins. It's play time.
- Let him swim. Purchase a kiddie swimming pool or a fairly large storage bin. Fill with water, which should be a minimum of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and be no deeper than yourlizard's elbows, and make safe by adding a reptile-safe waterconditioner. Add a few toys, such as a small beach ball or a rubberduck, and watch your baby dragon have fun.
- Enjoy a run in the grass. There's nothing better than a run through the grass, especially for a bearded dragon. Be sure to put a leash on your dragon or to put him in a pen or an enclosure so he cannot run away. Only allow him to play in grass that has not been chemically treated.
- Watch TV or play on the computer together. When you bond with your bearded dragon, he may happily sit in your hand or lap or on your shoulder. He might even become engaged with the screen, putting his tongue out to touch it.
- Play ball. Don't expect your little friend to chase a ball like a dog. But, some bearded dragons enjoy playing with a brightly colored pingpong ball or a small ball, pushing it with their nose.
- Take a ride. Dogs aren't the only pets who enjoy going for rides in the car. Put a leash on your baby dragon or put him in a carrier and take him for a ride for a change of scenery.
- Snuggle with him. Wrap your baby dragon in a small blanket or a towel, leaving only his head free, and stroke his head. He may just fall asleep, especially if he is warm.