Experience: experienced reptile owner
Food: Mice, rats, rabbits, chicks, eggs, insects and cat food (not too much)
Adult feeding: Several times a week.
Feed young: Feed present at all times
Water basin: Yes
Change water: daily
The steppe dragon is an opportunistic robber, this means that he will also try to catch all the prey he can take. Their diet can therefore be quite varied. It is advisable to let the basis of their diet consist of insects such as morio, mealworms and crickets. You can supplement this with eggs, worms and lean meat (chicken or turkey). From time to time you could spoil your steppe dragon with a chick or mouse. Please note that due to their opportunistic robbery behavior, they can quickly eat too much and therefore suffer from obesity. Therefore, weigh your steppe dragon regularly and adjust the diet to the weight of your animal.
In captivity, the diet usually contains less calcium than in the wild. This is because they also get bones and eggshells in the wild. To make sure they meet this need in captivity, you can give them calcium supplements with their diet.
The steppe dragon is a true lover of water, they will need enough water at all times. Also make sure that the water basin is large enough that the lizard can be in it, because they sometimes want to bathe.
Like the hungry eaters they are, they also relieve. For this reason, it is advisable to remove the faeces from the accommodation on a daily basis and to remove the dirty soil cover once a week. In addition, it is advisable to thoroughly clean the entire stay a few times a year, thereby preventing the accumulation of germs and bacteria.
varanus are easy animals to handle. This is because they are very tame and can easily get used to handling with time. If you handle the varanus pick it up by gently sliding your hands under his body. Support the lower body and lift it off the ground. Hold one thumb on its back during handling so that it cannot run away easily. While handling it is advisable to keep it above your lap or above a table. This prevents that if the bearded dragon falls it is from a height that is too large. Finally, it is advisable to wash your hands before and after handling. This prevents the bearded dragon and yourself from getting sick.