You can now download a Free PDF of this series by clicking here! Handling your Bearded Dragon is not difficult. We must understand that while we may enjoy interacting with our reptiles, generally speaking they are more of an attitude of tolerating our existence. They have no desire to interact with us except that they may understand that we are the ones that provide them food recognizing either our scent or maybe even our body or facial structures. Whatever the case may be handling your Bearded Dragon Pogona sp. is a practice which a lot of people are going to want to do.
Handling begins with how to pick up your Bearded Dragon Pogona sp. You can’t just reach and grab the lizard as this may lead to a surprise. I open the enclosure and make sure that this has awakened the Bearded Dragon Pogona sp. before gently placing my hand onto its back to let it know that I am there and have no intention of eating it. In the wild anything bigger than you is considered a threat.
Gently place one hand on each side of the mid body region, between the front and rear legs and lift slightly then shift the Bearded Dragons Pogona sp body to rest in your palm with the tail pointed towards you and the head away from you. This allows the dragon to grasp your forearm and my hand as if it was a branch that he was on. Supporting a dragon in this way you can carry it to an area where you can be seated and then further interact with it.
Bearded Dragons Pogona sp. can be very fast moving when they want to be I therefore advise against taking them out into public or carrying them on your shoulders. The potential for an accidental fall is too great and concrete from that distance is bound to do some serious damage to your lizard pet. Then there is the public at large which may not be into reptiles like you and you run the risk of frightening someone and then causing further incidents of distaste for reptiles. Keep them in your house and handle them over soft surfaces when handling them to prevent injuries.
To wrap all this up, Bearded Dragons Pogona sp. in captivity are rated as the number two lizard pet for people interested in keeping reptiles as pets not due to their popularity but due to their complexity of care and needs. They aren’t for everyone and do require a substantial amount of care and equipment to maintain. If you’re considering keeping a Bearded Dragon Pogona sp. do yourself and the dragon a favor. After reading this go buy a book on the species, I personally recommend buying The Bearded Dragon Manual, it contains all the basic and in depth information that you will need to provide excellent care for Bearded Dragon Pogona sp.