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RE: Housing 2 feamle bearded dragons?

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Posted by: PHLdyPayne at Fri Jun 17 06:29:17 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHLdyPayne ]  
   

I personally feel that dragons should always be housed separately. However, it is possible to house two females together. There is risk of one or both nipping the other's toes or tail tips, mistaking them for insects. Typically, if you feed often and provide greens all day long, this shouldn't happen.

The problems that could result in housing dragons together, is competition for food, basking spots and hides. Thus its always best to have multiple basking areas of ideal temps and many hides and more than one feeding dish, at least one per dragon. Thus, having a wide basking spot which has more than enough room for adult dragons, or several which are close to the bright heat lamps or multiple heat lamps to provide more than one suitable basking area, is needed.

Always keep in mind that if one female tends to dominate the other, it can prevent it from basking or eating, which will eventually affect the health of the dragon (ie won't eat much or at all, become lethargic, skinny and eventually death). With more than one basking spot and ensuring both eat well at each feeding, this should greatly reduce if not eliminate competition issues. However, you will always have to watch for signs of aggression, especially once they start reaching sexual maturity (also to double check the sexes, just in case one has been mis-sexed and you have a male female pair or worse, two males. At any sign of aggression, they should be separated.

On a final note, the cage you plan to use, is fine for juveniles, but you will need at least a 5'x2'x2' (or 4'x3'x2' or larger, height shouldn't go above 2') cage for two adult dragons...the one you are planning on using, is the minimum size recommended for a single dragon.
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