I have a male and female bearded dragon in separate enclosures. I don't plan to house them together or breed them. Thing is, they can see each other and will show mating signs. The male will bob his head and the female will wave her arm. There's nowhere for me to move the tanks to, but I'm worried that they might get stressed out with the constant urge to mate. They do the dance to each other once a day for an hour and then, give up? I guess? Should I readopt one out?
that depends really.
have you tried setting up an enclosure so they can not see each other?im not too sure if bearded dragons have pheromones happening in their matting rituals and if they smell anything either, but i would think if romeo and Juliet cant see one another there’s no one to be courting.
but knowing they’re performing this ritual to no avail must be stressful for them so i would definitely do something. i think adopting one out is a bit extreme personally. but i also always say to reptile owners, what ever you feel in your gut, is usually the best choice for the both of you…unless your gut is mean, but i doubt yours is.
What do you think would make a great pet for a first time reptile owner?
id say something pretty routine. a leopard gecko would be a pretty good start. they are not too big, not too fussy, dont require a lot of space…will require crickets though. or if you’re not really into lizards a ball python is a pretty good place to start. snakes dont have too many health issues so long as you take care of their environment and feed them on a proper schedule and all that. def do not go for something like an iguana.
its really all about keeping the appropriate environment for the animal. know how hot their temps should get, how much their humidity needs to be, what substrate they can and cant have, can they eat in their enclosure or do they need a feed box? thats the number one mistake with most first time reptile owners. they dont pay attention to temps and the animals needs. which should be well researched before you even buy anything.