Last year, I was given three bearded dragons. I grew to love them and spent a lot of time with them. Bearded dragons get to be about two feet long when they are adults.
This summer, two of the bearded dragons mated and had babies.
Above, you will see the two beautiful parents.
Here are the first batch of eggs Sheila laid.
I walked into my room to get something and decided to check on the lizards. I had heard a strange sound in there earlier.
What I found was a big surprise.
Several weeks later, Sheila had laid some more eggs. 11 each time. Bearded dragons can lay up to 50 at one time.
Sheila is still young.
Ten weeks after the first batch of eggs, they hatched. I lost a couple eggs because that just happens sometimes. I ended up with seven babies. One of them was beat up by the others, so didn’t make it. It was the runt. Here they are getting out of their shells. They don’t all hatch at the same time, but pretty close to the same time.
I learned shortly after the first batch was laid that you are not really supposed to use soil or dirt. I had to remove plants and weeds that grew there and eventually mushrooms, then bugs. I bought some vermiculite for the second batch and that worked a lot better.
Ten weeks after the first batch, (several weeks after the babies shown above hatched) the second batch hatched as well. I got some pretty cool photos.
I have had them for a while now. About 8 weeks and they are ready to get new homes. I am still working on figuring out how to do that. I know there are places to sell them online, but I don’t have experience with shipping them.
They really turned out beautifully and awesome, though getting crickets and other food for them has been rather difficult. In the meantime, my art was put on hold more often than I would have liked. Caring for 12 baby bearded dragons can be time consuming. They need to be fed two or three times a day and given water 2-3 times a day as well as cage maintenance, on top of the care for the adults.
I think I should separate the two love bird lizards, but these babies are awesome.
I don’t normally post about the lizards, but I thought this warranted a post as it has been what is taking up the most of my time.
Tim Edwin B.