You definitely do not want your bearded dragon to be angry! who wants a big angry lizard that could easily bite your finger off hiding away in your room? that is what I thought, no one! If you take a look through this guide on how you can keep your beardie happy and healthy, you will have no problem keeping a dragon that just wants to hangout and cuddle! okay maybe not that last part but he will be healthy!
Do not make a poor decision by just buying one! there are many different bearded dragons, though the Pogona Vitticeps is the most common, but if you do not know your stuff, you may be giving your bearded dragon the incorrect diet and foods, lighting, supplementation, etc. You need to know a bit about the requirements that must be met in order for your bearded dragon to be happy before you go out and get one! They are not the best pets for children, due to the fact that they require a very specific temperature, lighting, and diet to remain happy. Though this is true, they are relatively easy to care for, just need the basics to remain healthy for the most part.
Unless you are a very experienced reptile keeper, and know your stuff, consider not buying a bearded dragon unless it is older than 3 months old. Before this time period, a beardie can be very fragile, hard to take care of, and require constant attention in order for it to have a strong foundation going into its teenage and adulthood life.
When you go to pick your soon to be pet, take a close look at the dragon. Make sure it is very attentive and has clear and bright eyes. If the beardie looks weak and lethargic it might have some health issues. Make sure to alert the pet shop owner if this seems to be the case. Check for bowed legs, missing toes, missing bits of their tail, or other wounds/infections. Though this is very uncommon it is still possible. You would not want your first beardie to be sick the moment you pick him up!
UVB lighting is a significant part of keeping your beardie happy and healthy. UVB light comes natural from the Sun hence we need to supply it for your bearded dragon is UVB light promotes bone growth and calcium growth which will provide strong and healthy bones.
There are two types of bulbs that you can use. Fluorescent bulbs and mercury vapor bulbs. fluorescent bulbs need to be replaced between four and six months well mercury vapor bulbs might last bit longer. Keep this in mind, UVB output from the bulbs diminishes over a period of time so they the Bold may still be right, the amount of UVB that will be transmitted through the same light will be less than when you first bought it.