First of all, sorry about this being so long, but it'll give you people a chance to get to know us a little. I've also included details about the experience we had when purchasing our new pet, and what led up to our purchase. Hopefully it may be of help to other prospective reptile owners. Hi there, my family became the proud carers of a juvenile Bearded Dragon four days ago. The name we have chosen is 'Bernie'. Bernie lives in our daughters room, it's the warmest room in the house, and we have other pets, dogs, cats, birds so it is obviously safer until Bernie grows. Background of acquiring Bernie is that, when in England a few months ago, our daughter was fascinated with fish in an aquarium, she was about 14 months old then (she's 20 months now). Up until now we hadn't done anything about the aquarium. Anyway, things came to a head last week when one of our cats brought in an alligator lizard, alive luckily but it had shed it's tail. We kept the lizard for a few days until the weather warmed up before releasing. We live in the SF bay area BTW. This experience made me recall the Leopard Geckos that I kept back in England 10 year and it suddenly hit me, having an aquarium might not be fair to the fish because our daughter could only look at them and would tap on the glass whenever she had a chance. The right lizard would be something she could look at, but also interact with (under supervision of course). Research led me to Bearded Dragons, the size and temperament were right, as was feeding and care requirements (once my wife gets over the cricket part). So, early last week, we visited Berkeley Vivarium to see what was available. The place had a huge selection of reptiles and snakes, and our daughter really enjoyed looking. There was quite a selection of BDs from juveniles to adults, and we decided on a juvenile to get us started, partly based on space requirement, but also for the experience of seeing the BD grow up. We chose Bernie, and gathered together all the necessities, cage (10 gallons to start), furniture, lighting, supplements. We had said at the outset that we were going to take everything home and set it up to get everything ready (temperatures, layout etc.), and would return in a few days to take Bernie home. This decision turned out to be a good one (prospective purchasers take note, do your research and get as many opinions as you can). The assistant didn't know as much as he thought, he initially talked us into a ceramic heater, but fortunately one of the other assistants spotted this and the concensus of other members of staff was that juvenile BDs required the white light of a bulb to know where to bask, so the ceramic heater was changed to a bulb. After setting everything up I soon discovered that even then, the bulb he sold me was way too much. A 100 watt bulb in a ten gallon tank will cook your lizard in no time, it certainly cooked the thermometer. The temperature went way over 120º and the 'cool' side was 103º. By using a normal incandescent I established that about 60 watts was about right. On Friday, I went to collect Bernie armed with the killer bulb and the blown thermometer. Bulb and thermometer were replaced along with reassurance that words would be had with the original assistant who had 'helped' us, First batch of crickets was also free of charge. They didn't have 60 watt bulbs, 50 or 75, I figured 50 might be too low so I took the 75 watt with the intention of using a dimmer for safety. As it turns out, the 75 watt with the dimmer on the lowest setting gives us a few degrees leeway which will be useful to compensate for fluctuations in our daughter's bedroom (it's at about the warmest it gets right now). Not much more now, promise. Bernie has settled in really well, we're not handling to allow some time to settle in. Bernie started eating crickets straight away, even took a couple of dying ones from my fingers, some greens were also nibbled at we think. This morning when I was giving food, Bernie even took a couple of pieces of dandelion leaf from my fingers. We are all very happy with the state of things so far. One final thing before a portrait of Bernie. Something we hadn't considered, but is proving to be a BIG PLUS. Our daughter seems to be taking the responsibility (perceived of course) of having her own pet in her room. The benefit is that nap time and bed time are so much easier. Preparations are made, diaper is changed, "night, night" and a wave our directed at Bernie, then it's off to bed contentedly without the usual screaming bout. I will be the main poster for this account, but my wife may occasionally use it, probably for asking questions like "how can I pick up a cricket without screaming. LOL She has been pretty good though, she captured her first escapee (cricket) today and I didn't hear a thing. Thanks for reading, and here's a first look at Bernie.