Welcome to Better Than Crickets, where we understand the importance of every aspect of your bearded dragon's health and wellness, starting with proper hydration.
Bearded dragons, with their spiny-scaled charm, hail from the arid lands of Australia. In such an environment, every drop of water is precious, and the bearded dragon’s anatomy is marvelously adapted to these conditions.
Bearded Dragon Anatomy and Hydration
The bearded dragon’s skin is tough and scaly, minimizing water loss, which is a stark contrast to the permeable skin of amphibians. Their nostrils can expel salt, an adaptation that allows them to ingest salty water if necessary. Internally, their kidneys are masterful at conserving water. Instead of excreting liquid urine as most mammals do, they produce urates – a pasty or powdery substance that holds their nitrogenous waste. This conversion of water to urates is a crucial process.
When bearded dragons hydrate, water is absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and directed into the bloodstream. It's used for all the essential bodily functions before excess water is filtered by the kidneys. Here, through a complex chemical process, water is reabsorbed while the waste products are concentrated into urates, which are then excreted. This process is efficient and allows bearded dragons to maintain hydration with a minimal amount of water.
The Role of Water Bowls
In captivity, providing a shallow water bowl in the bearded dragon's enclosure mimics the opportunity to drink as they would after a rare desert downpour. While they might not always show interest in the bowl, it is a constant invitation to hydrate as needed. Observing the behavior of your bearded dragon towards the water bowl is essential. You might find that some days it is ignored, while on others, your dragon may choose to drink or soak. Many bearded dragon owners choose not to provide a water bowl in their pets' enclosure. This is okay but pay special attention to ensure the feeder insects you use are healthy and fully hydrated.
Hydration through Diet
In addition to the water bowl, the diet is the main source of hydration for your bearded dragon. This is where Better Than Crickets comes into the picture. We specialize in providing top-quality Dubia roaches that are shipped fully hydrated on real water and fruit, ensuring they're ready to nourish your bearded dragon immediately upon arrival.
The Better Than Crickets Difference
Our Dubia roaches are raised on real water and fruit, unlike many other feeders that are hydrated with water crystals. Water crystals can hydrate insects to a degree, but they don't provide the full hydration benefits that real water does. Furthermore, the chemical remnants from these crystals could act as inert fillers in your bearded dragon's diet, which is not ideal.
Proper hydration of feeder insects is critical. Insects that are not fully hydrated will not only provide less moisture to your bearded dragon but can also be less nutritious. Our method ensures that when you feed your pet our Dubia roaches, you are providing them with maximum hydration and nutrition.
How to Hydrate Your InsectsHere’s how you can ensure your feeder insects are perfectly hydrated:
1. Use Fresh Water and Fruit: Offer fresh water and pieces of water-rich fruits and vegetables to your feeders. Fruits like apples, oranges, and watermelon can provide moisture and nutrients.
2. Avoid Water Crystals: While convenient, water crystals do not provide the same quality of hydration as fresh sources and can contain chemicals that might not be beneficial for your bearded dragon.
3. Regularly Replace Water Sources: Keep the hydration sources for your feeders fresh. Stagnant water can breed bacteria, which can be harmful.
4. Observe Your Feeders: Just like your pets, your feeders will exhibit signs of good hydration. They should be active and plump, not shriveled or lethargic.
By following these steps, you ensure that every Dubia roach from Better Than Crickets delivers not just hydration but also a full spectrum of nutrition to your bearded dragon.
Water may seem like a simple element, but its role in the health and wellbeing of your bearded dragon is complex and vital. By understanding the anatomical marvels of your pet, providing a water bowl, and ensuring that your feeder insects from Better Than Crickets are optimally hydrated, you're guaranteeing that your bearded dragon is not just surviving, but thriving.
Remember, when it comes to the care of your bearded dragon, every detail matters – and hydration is a detail you can't afford to overlook.