A Tale of Amateur Dragon Keepers

It started with one. “For sale: Adult female Sandfire bearded dragon. $60.”

Summertime Nabooru

“She’s so beautiful! She’s perfect,” we said. So we called up the guy selling her and arranged a time to go meet her. For me it was love at first sight. But this little girl had three “sisters” living with her. One of them, a older, bigger, more confident girl, caught Chad’s eye, and he asked to look at her. While holding her, he looked at me and mouthed, “I like this one.”

You know where this is going. In the car, driving home, we decided it was either compromise or get both.

Two days later, November 14, 2014, we were driving the same route once again, this time with two bearded dragons in a box and big grins on our faces. We were officially bearded dragon parents!

On the way to a new home!

It’s only been about 3 weeks since that day, and they’ve been named Nabooru and Deliora. As new bearded dragon parents (or dragon keepers, as we like to call ourselves), there’s a learning curve.

Favorite and least favorite foods.

(carrots and yams = YES, blackberries and red bell peppers = NO)

bearded dragons eating saladDistinguishing features


Nabooru's eye markings

18″ long, striking eye markings, rust red color, missing the tip of a hind toe, fine boned




17.5″ long, pumpkin orange color, missing tip of tail and nostrils, big boned



Nabooru exploring living room

quiet, alert, likes to explore and find cozy places to sleep

Sleepy Nabooru Glare

Does not like to be woken from a nap!


social, loves to climb and hunt

social, loves to climb, hunt, and be the boss

Also, loves to smile!

Also, loves to smile!


Deliora doesn't mind the bath too much.

Deliora doesn’t mind the bath too much, though a hand to rest on is nice.

Bearded Dragon ballooning in the tub

Nabooru, on the other hand, feels the need to turn into a balloon while seeking emotional support.

Yes, dragon keeping is an adventure, and we’re loving it!

Beardie Girls basking




  1. Brings back the “beardie joy” I shared with my boys getting to know all about Scylla and Charybdis! Your girls are SO beautiful! You chose well! 🙂