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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:09 am 
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So you want our help to persuade a parent to let you have a dragon!
The following is a rough idea of what you are going to spend in money and time to get set up properly and all we can do is suggest that you will need to prove to your parent/s that you can afford the set up costs and will put in the hours that this hobby requires. Remember these are not throw away pets and they require a long term commitment from you!

Set Up basic requirements/ongoing costs

Vivarium wired for light only £120.00

UVA/B light starter/fitting £15.00

Reflector £7.00

UVA/B light (replaced 6/12) 36” £23.00

Dimming thermostat £46.00

2 x digital thermometers £14.00

2 x food/water bowls £5.00

Sandstone Basking Rock – Price at local gardening centre

Climbing Branch - ???

Calcium £4.00

Vitamins £4.00

Live Food £2~3.00 per tub

2 timers £10.00

Total so far £251.00 and you still haven’t bought the dragon!

If you live in colder areas where your overnight temps indoors may drop below 16C then you also need to consider additional heating

Pulse Thermostat £50.00

Ceramic heater £20.00

Ceramic heater screw fitting £14.00

Another £85.00 and still no dragon.

It also helps to have someone with a basic knowledge of wiring etc. to fit and maintain all the equipment as it will take up to a week to put it all together and ensure that the temperature and gradient are correct.

All these prices have been taken from on-line sites providing a reasonably costed vivarium and good quality equipment and are valid at 22/02/09.



Once you’ve got your dragon the hard work begins:-

Daily items:-
On a day to day basis you will have to wash and chop fresh veg for the day, depending on what you normally have at home you may also need to buy additional items such as butternut pumpkin. Clean out any droppings in the enclosure and give the first feed of crickets. If you’re at school you will need to do this before leaving in the morning
A second feed of crickets is needed half way through the day, so it’s straight back from school or someone else will need to do it for you. Once they’re adults you still need to provide the veg. daily but can provide the live food every second day.
Calcium must be added to live food daily for babies and vitamins added weekly (with adults calcium may be added twice a week and vitamins monthly).

General maintenance items:-
The glass front of the enclosure needs cleaning regularly and the full enclosure has to be stripped and cleaned at least once a year. The lighting and temperatures need regular checks and the UVA/B light has to be replaced every six months.

Live Food

Live food needs to be bought weekly and this also MUST be cleaned and fed with any dead insects/rotten food removed.. The insects also need a container maintained in a warm place (usually indoors) Crickets can and will cause noise and at night chirruping can be annoying. Plus it’s not unknown for them to escape and turn up in the bath, shower or under a bed.

Holidays

Going on holiday is the worst - you have to put the beardies in a pet shop and worry about them, or if only going for a day or so try and persuade a neighbour to feed them. Timers can help with lights and heating, but obviously not feeding. And if you haven't got a local person who's not worried about handling live food this can be a big problem!

Health

Locate Specialist vet in area for problems before getting your BD, rep vets are so hard to come by in the UK , don't leave it until an emergency to locate one!
Vets bills - poop check up either 6 monthly or yearly is a must. Then, if internal parasites are found there’s the cost for treatment – this also needs a sterilized enclosure whilst treatment is undergone (usually for about 14 days) and any medication/repeat poop checks needed. Vets fees for any other treatment (reptiles are not as cheap as your usual pets -dog/cat/rabbit) and people need to find a vet BEFORE they buy a beardie.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:07 am 
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Thats the best checklist ever!!!!!!
Thanks again, Rick!!!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:29 pm 
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Well done! :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:00 am 
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Its actually good advice for all new/potential owners :D Not just the ones trying to persuade their parents

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:19 pm 
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If my parents had seen that checklist beforehand theres no way my brother would have got one. If only the petshops would give this information!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:57 pm 
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Nosftu wrote: If only the petshops would give this information!



What, and lose a sale? :shock: If proper info was given about any pet they'd probably go bust. And animals would be a lot happier!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:52 pm 
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Hope my wife does not see this ;)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:05 am 
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Jonny wrote:Hope my wife does not see this ;)


hahaha oh dear xx


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