Bearded Dragon Habitat Basics needs for Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragon Habitat

Overview of what you need for your Bearded Dragon Habitat.

Bearded Dragon Habitat

Overview of your Bearded Dragon Habitats needs

  • Aquarium
  • Temperature
  • Substrate
  • Landscaping
  • Water & Humidity
  • Lights
  • Non-Toxic Plants
  • Sanitation

Bearded Dragon Habitat

Basic Foundation for Beginners.


Aquariums for your Bearded Dragon Habitat

Hatchlings – 10 to 16-Gal tank/aquarium

Adults – 55 to 60-Gal tank /aquarium

Wire Aquariums/Tanks are not ideal; they don’t hold heat and cause injuries. If you choose to use a Wire Tank, make sure the wire is coated with plastic to lessen the possibility of injury.

Temperature for your Bearded Dragon Habitat

Day– 78 to 88 degrees

Night- 70 degrees

Since Bearded Dragons are cold-blooded animals from Arid and Desert environment, they may require supplemental heat for proper Digestion. Bearded Dragons also like their habitat to have Temperature Gradient, so they can move back and forth depending on if they are cold. You need to place two thermometers in your enclosure, one ate basking level, and one at the base level.


Primary Source of heat: Is to keep the entire enclosure at the proper range. Incandescent lights are best, but at night you may need to use heating pads and nocturnal Reptile Incandescent Lights which put out some heat. For more substantial enclosures, you should use a space heater. Take precaution and make sure you have Fire Alarms in the room when using supplemental heat sources.


Secondary Heat Sources: Creates heat sources in different areas to create an essential temperature gradient for your Bearded Dragons. The secondary heat source should only cover 25% to 30% of the enclosure, which can be a 35-watt to the 75-watt bulb in a ceramic base mounted were your Bearded Dragon lizard cannot touch it. Special Basking Lights are ideal, and you should place them on the outside of the enclosure shining on the basking area. The perfect Temperature under the light for the basking area should be between 90 and 100 degrees. Keep this in mind; Bearded Dragon hatching requires a lower wattage. So the enclosure does not become heated too quickly.


Substrate for your Bearded Dragon Habitat


Clean easy, be absorbent and easily digestible if swallowed: this can be a flat newspaper, sheets of brown wrapping paper, AstroTurf, indoor or outdoor carpet.

Do not use cedar shavings, gravel, kitty litter, wood shavings, or potting soil with vermiculite- pesticides-fertilizer-or-wetting agents.


Landscaping for your Bearded Dragon Habitat


Branches for climbing and basking: Branches should be wide as your Bearded Dragons so they can be secure without risk of breaking. Oak works well.

Hiding places: Bearded Dragons like to hide so include boxes or fixures that they can be stealthy.

Smooth flat rocks: They help wear down tor nails of your Bearded Dragon because in captivity you need to keep them clipped.


Water and Humidity


A small shallow bowl of fresh drinking water: even though they get most their water from food your enclosure should have water for the proper shedding of skin and during the drier winter months the Bearded Dragons should be misted several times a week. Plus, your Dragon may enjoy the occasional soak so make sure the water bowl has accessible entrance and exit. Change water daily because the dragons may use the bathroom in it.


Require different types of light to maintain good health:

White light- besides heat incandescent bulbs also provide white light. You should use a combination of fluorescent and incandescent light fixtures can be used to provide visible light to all your Dragons enclosure.

Ultraviolet Light-Is required for your reptiles Vitamin D production. No artificial light is good as natural sunlight when it comes to providing UVD light. Fish/aquarium and plant “grow” lights or Special Retile Lights can give the necessary UVD light if you don’t have access to sunlight. UV cannot penetrate glass, so it would be ideal for the top of your enclosure to be wire, but make sure the wire is not so tight that light cannot penetrate.

Non-Toxic Plants

Dracaena, Ficus benjamina, and hibiscus are all excellent choices.




Routine Routine Routine: Keep a regular schedule on cleaning your Dragons enclosure. Use a particular cleaning solution or 1 part bleach-10 parts water mix and make sure everything is dry before reassembling your Dragons enclosure.


Can you house more than one of  Bearded Dragon in your enclosure?

Male and female should be alright. But two males in a smaller enclosure will probably fight over territory. So you plan on having more than one male use a bigger enclosure. If a bigger and smaller Dragon are kept together, the bigger one might keep the smaller one from food and the basking spot or treat them as a meal.

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