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[Genie Room] Proper Care of Pets - Lizards (Bearded Dragons)

(The images used in this story are provided by: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department's Facebook page) Many people adopt reptiles as pets in recent years. The Bearded Dragon is among the most popular species. Although they look stony-faced and a bit frightening, they are actually a kind of gentle animal. The way of taking care of a bearded dragon is slightly different from that of a furry pet. Genie will share with you the tips on keeping your bearded dragon! Feeding1) They eat both insects and plant materials.2) Make sure the feed is small in size and pay attention to the quantity fed.3) Foods that are not eaten must be removed daily. Accommodation1) Provide your bearded dragon with a large vivarium.2) There should be a basking area with full spectrum lights with UVB and a cool area that provides hides for the bearded dragon in the vivarium3) Install hygrometers and thermometers in the vivarium to monitor the humidity and temperature and keep them within the required range.4) Line the bottom of the vivarium with newspaper, paper towels or coral sand. Cleaning1) Wash the food and water dishes daily.2) Bearded dragons excrete a lot. Spot clean their home regularly.3) Clean and disinfect the vivarium thoroughly once a month using reptile-safe disinfectant.Interaction1) Bearded dragons can live alone and are best by themselves.2) Once your bearded dragon gets accustomed to you, it actually enjoys sitting on your knee or shoulder.3) Remember to wash your hands immediately and thoroughly with soap and water after contact with reptiles to avoid being infected with Salmonella. For details, please visit the website or Facebook post of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

Reading

RTHK programme – One minute reading The famous columnist Lee Yee once said in the Radio Television Hong Kong programme, One minute reading[Chinese version only], “You don’t need to understand every word in a book to gain a rewarding experience.” (editor’s translation). Listen to the recorded programme online and you will know the reasons. Reading resources Indeed, reading is more than about acquiring knowledge. It is also one of the most pleasurable ways to enrich yourself. The public libraries provide huge reading resources for those who have a passion for reading. Hong Kong Book Prize There are many new books launched every week on the market. Want to find out which are the good ones? "Hong Kong Book Prize" [Chinese version only],invites academics and representatives from different industries to select outstanding Chinese books of each year. Hong Kong Public Libraries’ information The most convenient way to get information of library matters is through the library website. Matters such as checking library locations and opening hours, applying for a library card or replacing a lost library card can be found through the Internet. Book borrowers can apply for using Smart ID Card for library services instead of a library card. Reporting the loss of your Smart ID Card But in case you lose your Smart ID Card, please report the loss to the Registration of Persons Offices of the Immigration Department and to the library to prevent any misuse. Hong Kong Public Libraries’ activities Apart from looking for information and the joy of reading in the public libraries, you may find fun in joining the variety of library activities. Library extension activities on different subjects for young people will be fruitful for your cultural and informational enrichment, instill your reading interests and meet your lifelong love for learning.

Hobby & Interest

Fishing Hobbies and interests usually reflect the characters of individuals. Sports lovers are usually seen on the move. Fashion lovers cannot wait to get their hands on the latest trends. And fans of fishing are usually more patient than most. So if you are one of these patient folks, you do not have to wait long for a great catch. In Hong Kong, fishing is fantastic out at sea. Likewise, fishing in reservoirs is just as much fun as fishing in the sea, plus you will not get seasick. Just remember that fishing in reservoirs is only allowed during the non-spawning season and also requires a licence. Philately Another hobby for patient types is philately. In fact, in Hong Kong, stamp collecting has over a hundred years of history. Modern stamp designs are a dynamic reflection of Hong Kong today. There are a variety of designs with different stamp themes. Buying philatelic products can be done online – taking the hassles out of queuing up at the post office. E-learning resources from RTHK Often, a hobby is more enjoyable after a bit of study. It can even lead to a career opportunity. E-learning resources from RTHK [Chinese version only] provide many different online courses. The two most popular courses are related to food. They are the yummy Chinese dishes DIY [Chinese version only] course and the yummy dessert DIY [Chinese version only] course, which suit Hong Kong people’s palate best.