Keeping Reptiles Newsletter
  Issue 8 Vol 4 November 2009
Mixing Iguanas and Bearded Dragons – not a Good Combination In this Issue

Bearded DragonA question that is commonly asked by many reptile enthusiasts is can iguanas and bearded dragons live together. The short answer is no, but there are several reasons behind this decision.

To start off with the two reptiles come from totally different parts of the world. While the bearded dragon comes from the desert area of Australia, the iguana comes from the lush tropical rain forests. Why is this important? Two words; humidity and temperature. Because a bearded dragon is used to a low humidity, they are the polar opposite of the iguana that seems to thrive in a high humidity of 90 to 95 percent. The temperature that a bearded dragon can tolerate and thrive in is also much higher than that of the iguana. Iguanas like it warm, but bearded dragons like it hot to the tune of 90 to 105 degrees.

Then there is the issue of having a small pond in the terrarium. While iguanas love this, bearded dragons will not as they don’t typically swim around in the water as iguanas do. So either way, if you have or don’t have a pond you will have one reptile unhappy with you.

Lastly, the bearded dragon and the iguana are two totally different species. It is hard enough sometimes to house two of the same species without having them fight, but mixing two different types is an almost certain recipe for disaster. The fighting could get so bad, that one reptile will kill the other and you will end up with just one. So do yourself a favor and decide which species of reptile you like the best and only house that one.

While the idea of having a bearded dragon and an iguana live together may sound like an interesting idea, it is not a good one. Many times in life, things just don’t mix and much like water and oil, the bearded dragon and iguana will not mesh well together.


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Mimicking the Crested Gecko’s Habitat

The crested gecko was thought to be extinct until the 1990’s when it was once again found on the small tropical island of New Caledonian, which is just east of Australia. The crested gecko makes a popular pet because it is docile, inexpensive, and it even wears its emotions on its sleeves so to speak. The crested gecko will change its skin color in accordance with its mood, the darker the gecko gets, the happier it is. To make sure your crested gecko feels right at home it is important to know how to mimic the creature’s natural habitat.

The first thing to pick out is the cage. While glass and wood cages do the trick, the best choice for the crested gecko is a mesh cage. This allows the cage to breath better and doesn’t trap in a lot of heat, which is important because the crested gecko does not need to be kept as warm as many reptiles. Keep the temperature of the cage between 70 and 75 degrees as this is the year round average temperature of the island of New Caledonian.

When it comes to substrate using cypress wood chips usually does the trick. If you want you can use moss on the top layer of the substrate, because this will help hold moisture in and will create a more realistic habitat for the gecko.

The crested gecko is an arboreal reptile, which means you would normally find it in a tree rather than on the ground in its native habitat. To mimic this you can use pieces of tree branches and even a small enough log. You can also decorate your cage with plants which will help hold in moisture and give your crested gecko a place to hide.

Don’t try to give the crested gecko water from a dish because it cannot see free standing water. In the wild, the gecko gets its water from drinking dew off of leaves. To mimic this you can mist your gecko’s cage a few times per day with a spray bottle. This will give your gecko the hydration it needs and also help with the humidity.

Crested geckos usually do well on about five crickets per day. Make sure that the crickets you feed your gecko are no bigger than half the size of its head. You can mimic the rotten fruit that the gecko eats in the wild by giving it about a half a table spoon of baby food every day.

Like any other pet, if your crested gecko feels more at home it will be happier. Providing a habitat for your pet gecko that is as close to its wild home as possible will not only have your pet feeling happier, but in this case your crested gecko will be darker as well.

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