Holli Friedland: I am Holli Friedland, Program Director of the Mid-Atlantic Reptile Show and this is How to Care for your Bearded Dragon. Now we are going to talk about troubleshooting problems with your bearded dragon. One of the main problems with reptiles is that they don't want to eat. Most of time it has to do with their food. Either you are feeding the wrong kind of food or not enough of it. So that's one of the first thing you want to check. Another thing can be the temperature. If they are not warm enough they may not eat. And so you want to make sure that your basking spot is about a 1000 to 1050 and the rest of the cage is between 800 and 850.
Another problem that bearded dragons can have is that when they go to the bathroom it smells really horrible. Bearded dragons unfortunately, when they are healthy and they go to bathroom, it doesn't smell that great, but when they are sick a lot of times it smells really horrible and that you will notice a distinct change in it. In that case you should take your bearded dragon to a qualified reptile veterinarian and have a fecal done on it because it probably has parasites.
Another problem is they can have too much stress and that I mean may be the cage is in the area where there is too much activity. And may be the cage is low and a cat is jumping on it or kids are running back and forth and in front of it and that can stress out the reptile and some reptiles can actually die from being overstressed. So you want to try to avoid that and have them in a place where it's more calm. So these are the basics on how to care for a bearded dragon. Thank you for watching.