Bearded Dragon Care Sheet
Bearded dragons are native to Australia, living in arid, rocky, semi-desert regions.
They are good climbers, but for the most part, they are terrestrial.
Bearded dragons are diurnal and spend the day basking on rocks.
- Temperament: Bearded dragons are one of the best reptiles as a first reptile. They are usually quite docile and will sit and hang out.
- Lifespan: Bearded dragons live about 5 to 15 years
- Size: They average between 16 to 20 inches in length. Males can sometimes be larger, ranging up to 24 inches, including the tail.
Housing Bearded Dragons
Enclosure Size: A 40 to 70 gallon tank is most recommended for one adult bearded dragon. You want to find a tank that is about 65 inches long and 16 inches deep.
Sometimes a smaller enclosure will work. Just make sure that the bare minimum tank size is 36″ long, 18″ wide, and 18″ tall.
Younger bearded dragons will be fine in 20 gallon tanks, but you’ll definitely have to upgrade quickly.
Substrate: Many keepers use sand or bark, but you’ll find that ingestion can cause impaction, which is fatal. It’s best to stick with solid substrates, like tile, roll out shelf liner, paper towels, or reptile carpet.
Avoid cedar and pine shavings.
Décor: Branches and rocks are ideal for basking. Drift wood and cork bark can be cheaper than buying large reptile decor.
Lighting: Lighting is very important since bearded dragons are diurnal. You want to make sure to have a UV-B and UV-A bulb. The UV tube have to be replaced every 4-6 months because the UV diminishes over time, but the UV power sun bulbs tend to last longer, even though they are a little more expensive.
You should also use a secondary light source to ensure a day/night scenario of 8-10 day lighting.
Heating: You want the average daytime temperature to range between 75 to 85F, but the basking spot should be 110 to 120F. You can achieve this heat with an under tank heating pad, and a coil heat bulb. Use a temp gun and/or a digital thermometer with a prove to accurately read the temperature in the basking area.
- DO NOT use heat rocks as exposure will burn your lizard.
Humidity: Humidity isn’t as big of a concern as lighting and heating, but you should maintain the humidity around 35%.
Bearded Dragon Diet
Baby and juvenile bearded dragons need more proteins, in their diet, so you want to ensure that they’re getting plenty of crickets. But, you want to offer fresh fruits and vegetables daily, so that they get used to seeing them.
Adult bearded dragons require more fruits and vegetables.
- Romaine lettuce
- Collard greens
- Green beans
- Dandelion greens