Originally Answered: Whats wrong baby bearded dragon?
Sand is not good. Yes they are desert animals, but the sand that they live on is way different from anything you can buy. So, unless you go and retrieve sand from their native home, then I would stay away from using sand.
You will have many different opinions about the care of a beardie. Do as much research as you can, the more recent info is the best, and after you have done this for a while you will find that the most recent info is the most accurate. Although bearded dragons have been around for a while, they are just recently becoming more popular as a pet - this causes more research on care, more experience with what works and what is right as apposed to what doesn't work and what info is wrong.
Here is some important info for you to take a look at:
They need at least a 40g tank - this is for each. You should never house two bearded dragons together as they can fight.They get big in size, plus this size tank will properly distribute the needed temps on the hot and cool side. The hot needs to be 90-100, the cool 80-90 (add 10 to both sides for juveniles). The temp can go into the 70s at night throughout the whole tank as this is the normal temp they are used to at night. Beardies also MUST have a uvb light 10-12 hours a day, and need to be able to get within 6-8 inches of it to properly receive its rays. Uvb helps some reptiles properly digest their food and receive the nutrients, especially calcium from their food.
Any type of loose substrate is bad for a bearded dragon as it can cause impaction (http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/im... The best substrates to use are repti-carpet, outside carpet, tile, non-adhesive shelf liner, paper towel, and even felt. If you have a beardie who likes to dig, you can place a towel or some paper towel, or even a flees blanket loosely where he likes to sleep. This will safely give him somethin to bury himself into. Here is some pics of my Spike with her favorite blanky: http://picasaweb.google.com/dolphinsilve... http://picasaweb.google.com/dolphinsilve... and http://picasaweb.google.com/dolphinsilve...
Beardies need both live food and salads on a DAILY basis. The salads should contain a mixture of greens, like collard greens and others plus an occasion of fruits and veggies mixed in. Visit http://www.beautifuldragons.503xtreme.co... to get a listing of the foods that are good, and foods to stay away from. For the live foods NEVER feed your beardie meal worms or mice. Meal worms have too hard of an outer shell with very little meat inside making them hard to digest. Mice, no matter what size, are very fattening and hav very hard bones that are hard to digest. A bearded dragons digestive track is very very small and at one point has like a kink in it, anything that has not been digested properly up to this point can get stuck and cause impaction. This is why the rule of thumb as far as size of food, whether it be salads or live, is it should be no bigger than the space inbetween their eyes. Some better choices for live food are crickets, superworms (only when beardie is big enough), wax worms (on as a treat as they are fattening), calci-worms, silk worms, and the best are turk and dubia roaches. Alot of people freak when they first hear about the roaches, but they are not like your house roaches. I have a colony of dubia roaches. They are clean, don't smell like crickets do, easy to care for, and reproduce for themselves! Here are some pics of my dubia colony. There are more pics that you can scan through.... http://picasaweb.google.com/dolphinsilve... Always gut load all live feeders before giving them to your beardie.
Humidity is bad for a beardie and should only be at 30% in the viv. They normally do not drink from a bowl, but I keep a small one in there just in case. In the wild they drink from falling water when it rains as it falls down leaves and such. They also get it from their food, and it is good to soak your beardie as much as possible. You may hear about some who mist the inside of the tank, this is okay as long as it is not done too much or too often as it can cause the humidity to rise in your tank causing your beardie to get a respratory infection. When soaking a beardie, it can be done in some type of container, in the sink, or in the tub. Just be sure the water is warm - test this the same way you test a baby's bottle. It should only be as deep as up to the beardie's knees or shoulders.
There is more important info about beardies, like during the colder months they go through brumation, which is similar to hibernation, but yet very different. To get more info on brumation, http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/br...
Visit http://www.beardeddragon.org/ for all kinds of info on how to properly care for your beardie. There are articles, care sheets, and a discussion area where you can read or pose your own issues.