January 16, 2009 is Appreciate a Dragon Day. Some people think dragons can only be found in myths and fairy tales and Harry Potter books, but in fact you can find real dragons right here at The Animal Store.

One of our favorite reptiles is the bearded dragon (pogona vitticeps). These Australian natives can grow to two feet in length and generally live between 4-10 years. They make excellent pets, especially for families with allergies or young children. Despite the scary name, they are quite gentle when handled frequently as juveniles.

Bearded dragons are usually housed in large glass tanks equipped with heat lamps and UVA/UVB spectrum bulbs. Adult bearded dragons eat fresh vegetables and adult bearded dragon food, supplemented with an occasional live cricket.

Celebrate Appreciate a Dragon day by visiting the store to meet one in person. We carry everything you need to keep your bearded dragon healthy and happy, and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any dragon-related questions.

Photo credit: Bearded Dragon by Michael Sult