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Absolutely, in fact they are probably your best bet.
They don't really bite (maybe a few times when they are extremely young) but as long as you handle them properly and feed them and take care of them they are usually extremely calm creatures.
Their diet is pretty simple, feed them veggies every day, and then crickets every few days. Adding fruit in occasionally because that is a treat for them, they absolutely love mango, but each bearded dragon has different tastes in fruit so you figure that out pretty fast.
If your brave, you can feed them a pinky mouse every month or couple of months, you'll find places that say not to, and you'll find places that say you should. I fed my bearded dragon pinkies every couple months and he lived for fourteen years. Bearded dragons are only supposed to live 6-8 years.
But it could have been other factors too. I built a cage out of plexi glass for him, it was cheaper than buying one in a store, I made a cage worth easily $500 for $200.
If you use sand, make SURE it is special bearded dragon sand, meaning that on the back or on the front it says it can be used for a bearded dragon, the best kind is a sand mixed with calcium, called calci-sand or something like that, its quite expensive though. And I highly reccommend that you DO NOT use sand while he/she is a baby. It can cause problems at first, like constipation ect ect.
Anyways, instead of sand when they are babies, look around and find something like the fake green grass, its kind of plastic but its soft, that's what I used when mine was a baby. Or you can ask around, but if someone says use sand when they are a baby, don't. It can cause problems. I know cause it did for mine, I tried using sand first. I had to hand feed him medication through a syringe for four weeks before he got better, and they weren't sure he would get better.
Other than that, yeah, I would definitely go with a bearded dragon for a beginner reptile pet, its going to be easiest on maintenance and on diet. You don't HAVE to feed it pinkies of course, cause like I said some places say its bad.
I've heard of Bearded Dragons liking gold fish, but I don't know if that holds any truth.
Anyways, good luck!
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- Omg thanks i think now im going to convince my mom in letting me have one. :)