Once your bearded dragon gets to know you, they do not mind being handled, in fact, they seem to enjoy it. They do not bite and although their claws are sharp, they rarely scratch. If they are frightened they will struggle but are more at risk from you dropping them.
Gentle, regular handling of young dragons is essential, but baby dragons are delicate so children must always be supervised. Hold your pet gently, but firmly around their shoulders, supporting the weight of their body with your other hand.
Always remove uneaten or wilted foods as well as any uneaten insects, as they can nibble your dragon whilst they are inactive during the night. Food and water dishes should ideally be washed daily.
Their droppings are small and dry, and they do not produce urine. If their home is spot cleaned regularly, they do not need to be cleaned out like small animals do. Although, it is a good idea to disinfect their home thoroughly once a month, using a reptile-safe disinfectant.
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after feeding or handling your bearded dragon. Also wash after contact with any of their equipment. Always supervise children to ensure they do not put the bearded dragon, (or objects that the bearded dragon has been in contact with) near their mouths. Ensure children wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after handling the pet. Do not kiss your bearded dragon.
Did you know insurance against unexpected veterinary costs is available for bearded dragons in just the same way as it is for cats and dogs!