Juvenile to Adult Dragon Care

There is no "one right way" to care for any animal.  I wrote this care guide based on my experience and my trials and errors with the hopes of saving other dragon owners from having to repeat my mistakes.  All my dragons have been raised and maintained using the procedures in this guide.  Any comments/improvements and/or questions are always welcome.

Baby Dragon Special Instructions

​I typically don't rehome dragons that are younger than ten weeks.  Why not?  The pet stores do. Baby dragons (from hatching to ten weeks) are much more delicate than a three month old dragon.  It's often difficult to sex them and I've seen numerous examples of pet stores misidentifying sexes.  I usually test the babies for parasites and treat them when they are ten weeks and at least 20 grams.  (Treating smaller babies is extremely difficult).  These tiny dragons don't cope with the stress of being moved to a new home and handled as well as a juvenile dragon.   They are too small to fit with a collar and I can't recommend allowing small children to handle them. 

For those experienced reptile enthusiast who find themselves with a baby dragon,  in addition to the application of the Basic Dragon Care Guide above, here are a few extra, special care items for babies. 

​​Feeding Dubia Roaches

Yes, I realize the word "roach" will give many of you chill.  To be honest, the bugs creeped me out a little at first too.  However, after raising dubia and feeding them to my dragons from hatchling to adult, I highly recommend them.  Why?  They are a better quality of food with higher protein to fat content than crickets, they are available in all sizes to feed hatchlings to adults, they don't make any noise, they can't climb smooth surfaces, they can't jump,  they don't cannibalize each other and they don't smell!  I find them to be the best food source for your dragon.