Apollo joined the Brook-Falls animal ambassador team in June 2021 to help educate clients and the community about how bearded dragons can make unique and wonderful scaley pets! Ultimately, he helps educate the importance of research before bringing home a new friend to ensure you can provide a healthy and appropriate environment for them to thrive in.
Apollo hatched in 2019 and spent his first two years loved by his previous family before he came to Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital. His previous family could not dedicate the time to socialize and care for him, thus they came to the very difficult decision to rehome him. Both his gentle and curious nature has piqued the interest of many and has helped us teach so many what great family members bearded dragons can be with proper care.
Bearded dragons, while a unique and intriguing friend, come with a lot of very important health requirements. The first being the requirement of UVB – bearded dragons cannot produce vitamin D on their own. UVB is needed for the regulation and production of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 allows for the absorption of calcium. Without calcium and UVB, bearded dragons are at risk of developing metabolic bone disease. It is also important to ensure they have steady and appropriate temperatures in their enclosure. During the day the temperature should be kept 95*F-100*F at their basking site and never less than 85*F on the cool side of their enclosure. Overnight their enclosure should be kept at 70*F-75*F to mimic a bearded dragon’s natural desert environment. Temperatures should never drop below 60*F. It is best to avoid heated rocks, heated branches, and under-tank heaters as these are not appropriate as sole heat sources and can burn reptiles.