Pets that Enjoy Hot Weather
People that live in an area where the climate is usually over 100 degrees and dry, may be difficult for them to find a pet that can live in these conditions. A cat couldn’t survive in hot weather all day without an adequate water supply and a dog would have to be kept inside. Fish are considered boring to some and if they have kids they probably would like an animal that would interact with the children and them as well. So what should they choose?
An unlikely candidate on their ballot would probably be a Bearded Dragon. But they shouldn’t cross these little creatures off just yet. Though they can be creepy and scary-looking to some, a Bearded Dragon actually makes a wonderful pet. They are low maintenance and love their owners very much. Though many think that a reptile lacks the capacity to love another creature such as a human, this common belief is actually far from the truth. Many dragons, once they have bonded with their owners, will actually claw at their home in an attempt to get out and spend time with their master. As mentioned above Bearded Dragons are easy to take care of. But what exactly are their living requirements?
A Bearded Dragon does great in extremely hot climates especially because they come from Australia and they are built for extreme heat waves. When purchasing a Bearded Dragon it is important to buy a few things first:
40 gallon terrarium
Shelter for the dragon to sleep
Small bowl for water
Thermometer to monitor the heat of the cage
Cricket Cage (not included in start-up kit)
All these things can be obtained in a Bearded Dragon start-up kit which can be found easily in almost any pet store for around $60. However, if the starter kit is bought, the Bearded Dragon will grow out of it and eventually will have to be built a new cage or have another one bought for it. These may seem like large investments however they are not. A large cage is a one-time investment along with the accessories that go along inside it. If a dog was purchased there could be many investments due to chewing up: dog bowls, toys, leashes, shoes, walls, carpet, etc. A Bearded Dragon only chews its food. Speaking of food, all that a Bearded Dragon eats is crickets and lettuce leaves (they can’t eat ice berg lettuce!). Also if more variety is desired in the dragons diet they can also eat certain fruits and vegetables.
Now what about their living conditions? As stated above they need heat but how much? A Bearded Dragon can survive in its cage with temperatures up to 103 degrees Fahrenheit with the cool side of their tank only dropping to 90 degrees. Also, they use the sun to get nutrients so if desired, the owner of the dragon could put them on their shoulder and walk outside with them to allow the dragon to bask in the sunlight (this is a great way to bond with the dragon also!). Though they don’t play, fetch and run around a whole lot, they do like to be held and pet. Also they hardly ever bite. A Bearded Dragon will only bite after giving multiple warning signs. Always look to make sure their skin hasn’t gone really dark, their beard isn’t puffed up and turning black and also check to see if they are flattening themselves out to appear bigger. Even if they are showing these signs of annoyance, it is still very unlikely to be bit by the dragon.
In conclusion Bearded Dragons make wonderful pets in hot climates because they:
1. Are equipped for harsh heat whether it be in their cage or out of it
2. They are easy to take care of
3. They require only a small investment
4. It is easy to interact with them
5. Kids find them interesting and can carry them everywhere on their shirts and clothing