You should never have a Baby Bearded Dragon Live with an Older One. The adult bearded dragon will undoubtedly abuse the little one, take its food, and even eat the small pet. This can lead to slow growth, injury, or even death for your new pet.
By nature, they are solitary animals, and having more than one bearded dragon in the same tank can cause a lot of problems, accommodation, stress, area, food, and more.
Effects of Baby Bearded Dragon Live with an Older One?
Fighting for Dominance /Stress:
As we have just touched, the battle for supremacy can be stressful for all the bearded dragons involved. This stress can reduce appetite, and in some cases, spotted bearded dragons do not want to eat at all under stress caused by this.
This can be detrimental to your bearded dragon, especially in the first few months of its life, when it is essential to support food’s rapid growth. They will do 90% of their growth in the first 12 months of their lives to ensure that their appetite is maximized during this period to ensure that they grow and stay healthy. If the adult is eating the bulk of the food, the little one will not get what he needs when he is growing the fastest.
When bearded dragons are put together, it’s not just stress-induced, that can cause loss of appetite which prevents them from eating, getting the nutrients they need to grow and be healthy.
Often a more significant, older, or more dominant dragon can eat most of the food, and the other dragon does get any of the food you are expecting. This can be for many reasons, the first being that the more dominant dragon will be faster and a better, more experienced hunter will be able to catch live feeders more quickly than other dragons. This means that they will get more than their fair share of food.
The second reason is that more powerful dragons are known to scare younger, weaker dragons, so they are afraid to take the food you offer. If you keep, older dragons living with little ones. You may be forced to feed both of your baby dragons to ensure that they have a share in the meal at mealtimes.
The bearded dragon needs to basket under the heat lamp in captivity. This is very important for their health, including helping their digestion. After eating, they need to bask to digest the food they have just eaten.
If not, it can lead to many health problems, such as intestinal rot, where food mainly settles in the stomach and explodes in an indigestible form. When more than one bearded dragon is placed in the same tank, it is common to see that one of them stays in the Basque lamp, and the other does not get to Basque. When more than one bearded dragon is placed in the same tank, it is common to see that one of them hogs the Basque lamp, and the other does not get time basking.
The biggest reason for this is dominance, as we have already discussed, although this may also be because the bearded dragon is very territorial.. A dragon will protect a particular area of the tank. As we have already mentioned, it can have a very negative effect on the other dragon.
Presenting a bearded baby dragon in the same tank as an adult bearded dragon could potentially put a child in a situation where they are beaten and frightened. They will often not be allowed to eat, drink, and heat. Many people will usually have a bearded dragon for a year or two, really learn how to take care of their dragon, and like to own it.
Then they will want to get another bearded dragon, which is OK. The problem is that the owner usually puts the new bearded dragon in the same tank as the adult bearded dragon he had for a few years. If you want two bearded dragons or more, it is better to separate them in different tanks.
Can you Bring Two Baby Bearded Dragons Together in the Same Cage?
It is possible to bring two baby bearded dragons from the same clutch of the same tank, and there is no problem. It is also possible that they will start to show aggression, territory, fights over food, and the Basque light at some point.
What I’m trying to make here is that you don’t know it yet, and if you try it, you’re taking a significant risk that you will be in trouble one day. ۔ If you have any, you should always have a second tank ready, and you need to separate them quickly.
How to Tell If a Bearded Dragon Is Feeling Afraid?
When two bearded dragons live together, it is often a sign that one of them is getting scared because they will start exhibiting certain behaviors to tell how they feel. Here are some common behaviors that you can expect from a dragon.
- Slow head bobbing
- Arm waving
- Loss of appetite
The dominant bearded dragon will often show some unusual behavior, indicating that they are aggressive or dominant like other dragons.
Lying on top of another bearded dragon
- Sharp bobbing
- He threw his beard
- Stand tall and proud
These behaviors can be manifested for several reasons, so it is not the case that they are behaving aggressively or submissively. However, you live in with two bearded dragons, so you need to keep an eye on it.
These behaviors can be manifested for several reasons, so it doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or submissive; however, it is something in which you live with a two bearded dragon, so you need to keep an eye on.
The first bearded dragon has to be divided into separate tanks. This is a fast, safe, and low-pressure option for both you and your dragon. The only problem with this is that you will need extra space for the other tank, clean another tank, additional lighting and baskets, and rising electricity bills.
The second option is to go through the painful process of removing one of the dragons. This may sound not kind at first, but if you can’t separate them and give them your tank, then this is your only option. You can’t leave an aggressive or bearded dragon in the same tank.
Tips for Keeping Bearded Dragons Together
- Always keep males separately
- Keep different sized bearded dragons separately
- Keep in large enclosures
- Always provide multiple basking spots
- Avoid feeding competition
- Refuge provision
How to Introduce Bearded Dragons?
Even if you don’t plan to keep your pet’s bearded dragons together, you can still plan to put them together at times, and so you may need to introduce them to each other.
The below points must be kept in mind while introducing beard dragons.
Because diseases can spread rapidly among bearded dragons, you may want to avoid introducing a new condition to your pet. When you get a new bearded dragon into your home, you may want to keep it during the quarantine period.
It is defined as being isolated or isolated from others. Ideally, this quarantine period prevents your new dragon from spreading any disease or parasites to your existing pet. It would help if you did not allow the two pets to communicate and keep them completely separate. The quarantine period should be at least three to six months or longer if you have a problem or you already have an established set of dragons.
- Diseases can be passed to other Dragons
- Zoonotic Diseases and Parasites’ can be passed to People
- Parasites Can be Passed
- Severe aggression can be found out early
Bearded Dragon Terrarium
|Glass / Wood / Prefab / DIY Tank||Home for your Beardy||60" x 24"|
50 - 120 Gallons
|Rearing Tank||If You are Breeding Beardrd Dragons||36" x 18" x 18"|
|Sick Tank||If you need to separate a Bearded Dragon / If you need to quarantine and newcommer||36" x 18" x 18"|
|Substrate||Small Grained washed Gravel/Digestible Calcium / Loamy Red Sand ? Fine Round Sand||Safe / Does not cause compaction / can be changed or cleaned Easily|
|Rocks / Roots||They are strong and like to dig and climb. Safe Hiding Places||dragons love to gather heat from basking rocks|
|Plants||Live Plants die easily / Eaten / Plastic provide hiding||Fresh Plants - succulents / Agave|
|Sight Barriers||Feel lessed stressed more secure||Side walls / Back walls /|
|Colors||choose lighter colors for inside Terriaum||Darker colors absorb heat.|
|Backwalls||adhesive backed Plastic Foil/Plaster/ Polyurethane Styfoam||Decoration / Desert / landscape|
|Floor||Cleanable / solid floor will allow dragons claws to wear|
|Climbing Branch||Cork Oak is good||They love to climb for 1st Floor / or to second Floor|
|Second Floor||Sheet of Sty foam up back wall can provide second floor ledge|
|Top Cover / Ventilation||Slots in Tank Cover or Screen||Can be screen Mesh, Small enough Beardy and feeder insects cannot escape|
|Thermoters||Digital / several throughout the terrarium to monitor warm / Cool / Basking Temps|
|Heat Lamps Heat Matts||Allows the Bearded Dragon to heat up or cool down as he needs.|
|Lighting||Dragons need Natural and UV Light||Make sure lighting is attached to outside of Tank/ so that Dragon does not get injured|
|Automatic Timers||This will allow you to automate Heating and lighting|
|Transport Box||If You need To move Your Bearded Dragon / Trips to Vet||Ventilation / Transparent/ San so that dragon does not get injured|
When you quarantine your new pet, you want to give it its basic needs. The cage should be as hygienic as possible and have easy access to regular cleaning and disinfection. You may want to use newspapers and brown butcher paper as substrates and limit the amount of furniture or decorations involved.
During this time, it is best to handle your new pet with medical latex gloves. Chances are your bearded dragon is exposed to zoonotic diseases, and you’ll want to reduce the risk of them spreading by handling your pet carefully. Even if you buy two new dragons at once, you should keep them separate.
It would help if you inspected your pet before, during, and after this quarantine period. If you specialize in rearing these lizards, you will be able to spot signs of health problems.
However, it is always a good idea to refer to a specialist who can help you diagnose any problem that can help you look at issues that may be causing fundamental health problems. During quarantine, you should usually check your new pet often for health symptoms.
Your beard should show:
- Good appetite
- Common movements
- Normal, healthy skin
- Droppings are free of external parasites.
You can hold the dropping in a paper towel, after which the parasite or other health concerns can be taken to the doctor (Vet) for a thorough examination.
Once the incarceration is over, you’ll want to make sure your pet meets all visible health signs.
If you have separated them for a reasonable period and do not see any significant health concerns, they are ready to introduce your Dragons to each other and watch them closely
Bearded Dragons are solitary creatures. Putting a strange adult and an infant or baby dragon stands a good chance of having bad results for the little one.