is a little "special"
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southern-ish Minnesota
OMG thats SO exciting!!! I cant wait for pics! *hint hint*
What is in the starter kit? Sorry to say, but you will most likely need to return it- the cages those give you are usually too small, and the UV lights they come with are craptastic and can do some serious damage to your lizard. Youre better off just getting your money back, and putting it towards a good set up!
Here is what I would reccomend for an initial set up:
~ A 40 gallon breeder tank or larger. Make sure any aqaurium you get is a "breeder", or 18 inches wide. Traditional fish tanks (12 inches wide) are too narrow for adult beardies to comfortably turn arould in.
~ A ReptiSun 10.0 Flourescent tube UVB light. Do not get any coil or compact light, or any lights that are Repti-Glo, R-Zilla, ect. Those are all aweful lights. You can get a Mercury Vaper light too, but those are a little more complicated. I would just start out with a tube light. You can get ReptiSuns for $30 shipped at Petmountain.com.
~ Paper towel for substrate. Baby beardies are pooping machines, so those are the easiest to clean! When they are a little older and dont poop as much, tile and reptile carpet work nice.
~ A digital probe thermometer, and/or a temp gun. The dail/stick on ones are crap, and they are usually WAY off. You can get an indoor/outdoor probe thermometer that tells you the hot side, cool side, and humidity for about $10. The Accurite brand sold at Walmart is pretty popular. You can check reptile stores or order online for a temp gun, if you want them.
~ Simple cage accessories. Baby beardies arent the smartest little things, and they can get lost in a complicated cage. All you really need is a hide, a basking rock, and a log or stick to climb on. Keep it simple! Its easier to clean this way too.
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"For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.They are not brethen, they are not underlings; they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."