Bearded Dragon

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Posted 3rd Jan
Hello, after advice please. My son wants a beardie and is willing to prove it by using his Chrimbo money! We have a vivarium (3ft). We went to a local specialist shop who quite frankly took the proverbial. Two lights and holders, calcium and all singing all dancing thermometer a whopping £167. And that’s without the animal!
Can anyone give me advice on what we need and where to get online or physical shop. Thank you in anticipation.
Based in Manchester
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I don't know if you've kept a reptile before but just curious, what exactly made you think that the shop was taking the proverbial?
Probably about right unless u buy second hand.
I know nothing about tanks but I've been looking at glass for various reasons and boy, glass aint cheap.
Hate to tell you but that’s about the right price unless you go down second hand route. Have a look in garden centres with aquariums they sometimes stock heat lamps but you will need the right one based on the size of your tank.
ndyanem03/01/2020 18:23

Hate to tell you but that’s about the right price unless you go down s …Hate to tell you but that’s about the right price unless you go down second hand route. Have a look in garden centres with aquariums they sometimes stock heat lamps but you will need the right one based on the size of your tank.


Oh you will also need a timer there cheep, drift wood, bedding, bowls food. In all honesty with the dragon I’m guessing £230 onwards. Sorry if that’s bad news
I’m in Manchester and this place is the holy grail of reptiles. Great shop local to me and aftercare I suggest going into there

timperleyaquatics.co.uk/

I owned a lizard when I was younger and it’s hard work , don’t forgot you need to be live food every week as they eat crickets . Don’t put to many in as the lizard will only eat a few and any that are left start to bite and attack the lizard
Edited by: "ashmac" 3rd Jan
I keep a chameleon and paid £500 plus for all what I needed
That price is actually very normal. My nephew spent a lot more getting it set up. You’ll also probably need to buy a bigger vivarium down the line as the bearded dragon grows too.

If you were looking for a cheap pet, these aren’t it. As @ashmac says, they are hard work too. Make sure you do all your research into it as they need very specific requirements. You can’t just bang them in a vivarium and then only feed and clean them out.
Haircut_10003/01/2020 17:44

I don't know if you've kept a reptile before but just curious, what …I don't know if you've kept a reptile before but just curious, what exactly made you think that the shop was taking the proverbial?


The shop had various examples of lights , accessories etc but he chose to try and sell us the most expensive ones . Not once did he offer a choice strange I thought .
If you have a vivarium already as you stated, then yes you don’t need to spend an extra 170. You can buy the holders separately along with bulbs. Ceramic heat lamp probably best. You can get a thermostat which can maintain proper temperatures. You need to be sure to get the correct UV bulb (these come in compact bulbs which are usually screw in. And you can get long strip light style ones) the UV bulbs are usually around £20-30 depending on where you get it. Ceramic heat lamp can be around the same. Ceramic bulb holders can be approx £10 each. Get a digital thermometer. They can be had fairly cheap. I’ve had 2 beardies for almost 10 years. They have also had their own babies which I’ve successfully incubated and some of my family have those. They are low maintenance, friendly usually and tame. They eat live food and can eat some fruits and vegetables. But beware of certain things like spinach. The calcium powder is usually around £5 per tub and lasts a very long time

As a side note. I bought my setup for £200 including all lights. Decor. Food bowls and 2 beardies included from a pet shop
As some have said you may need a bigger viv in future. Also 3ft is ok to start but ideally you want it to be something like 3ft-4ft long. 2ft wide and often 2 foot high with some thing for them to climb on.
There is a weekly ongoing cost for food and electric.
Edited by: "MisterMike" 3rd Jan
You also need to account for vet bills, if needed.
suejb203/01/2020 19:38

The shop had various examples of lights , accessories etc but he chose to …The shop had various examples of lights , accessories etc but he chose to try and sell us the most expensive ones . Not once did he offer a choice strange I thought .


It can definitely be expensive to get all the equipment you need so shopping around is definitely a good idea, you might also want to look on Gumtree to see if there are some second hand bargains to be had in your area as well as checking out the shop recommended earlier in the thread.
Timperley Aquatics (Timperley Zoo) every time! Check out there Facebook. They certainly know their stuff, very friendly and worth a visit to say hello to their famous live in pets!
AllyOxenFree04/01/2020 08:49

Timperley Aquatics (Timperley Zoo) every time! Check out there Facebook. …Timperley Aquatics (Timperley Zoo) every time! Check out there Facebook. They certainly know their stuff, very friendly and worth a visit to say hello to their famous live in pets!


First time we went in with the kids I nearly tripped over three huge turtle 🐢 that walks around the shop haha
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