If you set up your bearded dragon cage properly, you’ll be helping to ensure the animal’s long-term health and well-being. Retained skin can interfere with the blood supply on a part of your bearded dragons body if it is not removed, so it is important to be aware of this to avoid your bearded dragon losing a limb or becoming deformed. The smallest enclosure for one or two adult bearded dragons is either a 4-foot x 2-foot tank or a 6-foot x 18-inch tank. Ventilation is necessary so a wire top should be used to prevent build up of heat, humidity and also to allow the UVB to reach the animal. Another way of determining sex is holding your bearded dragon and gently raising it’s tail to look at the underside and noting the bulges above the vent (cloacal opening).
I have bred bearded dragons for almost half of my life, so I thought I was the real expert. We suggest the 29L (for long) tank because it is remains at the 10 gallon tank height rather than taking on vertical height like most larger tanks do, thereby providing better access to the UVB full-spectrum light source. Bearded Dragons seem to appreciate being handled, but care should be taken to ensure that they are held gently, but tightly to avoid any incidents if the bearded dragon wriggles free.
The stress from transporting and inspecting its new environment may put eating on the ‘back burner’ for a day or so. After 3-4 hours of allowing your dragon to adjust to its new home, offer it a few crickets and some chopped greens on a shallow lid. You need a good thermometer to check the temperature in your bearded dragon cage. This is the most widely used bulb for bearded dragons, it produces a bright white light along with a lot of heat in a foccussed beam. We developed a cage that is not only stackable but lightweight and easy to clean.
As an adult your bearded dragon should be able to feed on the occasional pinkie mouse, but you should regard this as a treat item as regular feedings on mice can cause your bearded dragon to become obese. You want a basking spot, right under the lamp, of 100-105 F. with the ambient air temperatures on that side of the tank around 90. You can adjust the branch higher and lower to achieve the desired basking temp and use that as a basking platform underneath the light.
Dragon bites are painful and an over-zealous lizard can mistake a fingertip as part of the pinkie being offered. When you’re reading this care sheet, you’ll understand how these items come together to form the ideal bearded dragon habitat. At Herps & Habitats, ALL of our bearded dragons have water available either continuously or on a daily basis. Maybe I didn’t make clear what the point was, I was trying to show a quick enclosure that was functional and met all of the animals needs. Temperament: Bearded Dragons are highly inquisitive and lively lizards, who are diurnal so active by day.
If you can’t keep your bearded dragon vivarium next to a bright window, you may wish to add a second light, in addition to the basking light. Features:Large front door for easy cage access and bottom door for easy substrate removal. The UV lights gives out very little heat, therefore the end with the UV light will be the cooler end of the tank. Place a good quality thermometer in the cage at the level the Bearded Dragon spends most of its time so you can monitor the temperature. If you’re building your own, you’ll need to make sure that the wood is treated and is moisture resistant to avoid warping.
A large water bowl (big enough for your bearded dragon to bathe in) should be placed within the vivarium, which is changed frequently to avoid the build up of bacteria. Bearded Dragons are cold-blooded animals from arid woodland and desert environments, and require supplemental heat for proper digestion. Be very careful to make sure that your caged pet cannot reach and touch the heating device in its own cage. Lightening Bugs – There have been many reports of Bearded Dragons dying after being fed lightening bugs.
Plants: Because plants are a big part of the bearded dragon’s diet, it is impractical for most novice keepers to set up a naturalistic bearded dragon vivarium using living plants. Good ventilation is essential in a bearded dragon’s vivarium to ensure that humidity levels do not become too high. Bearded Dragons only require a 12 hour photoperiod per day, so it is beneficial to allow them some hours of darkness at night. Vegetables need to make up a significant part of your dragon’s diet: 10-25% for hatchlings and juveniles, 30-50% for an adult. But I’ll get in a wooden one now… and maybe make a whole new one in my new house next year.
If usual posturing or agitation is evident in either animal, place the other tank out of view or block it from view with a towel or piece of cardboard. However, be sure that there is always a shady, cool area where the bearded dragon can get out of the sunlight and heat. Our State-of-the-art cage design includes an area for a Fluorescent Light Fixture in all of our cages ! Logs, stones and cork bark make good natural looking additions to your vivarium and make great hiding places.
It is recommended that the UVB light source should be less than 18 inches from where the Bearded Dragon spends most of its time; 10-12 inches is optimal. Your Bearded Dragon should go through this process every 3-6 weeks, dependant on its rate of growth. Having this guide solves the problem of overfeeding your bearded dragon with expensive pet food or insects, and ensure that your beardie gets just what it needs… a must-have for any owner! The temperature under the light in the area in which the Bearded Dragon would be basking should be 95-100°F. I used some of your plans but because I don’t have a table saw I had to make a door.
Oct 29, 2012.. Bearded dragon tank set up… omg your not supost to put a baby bearded dragon in a 20 galoon tank. This means that you need a vivarium with a floor space of at least 8 square feet (4ft x 2ft), a Rankins/ Lawsons dragon which only grows up to 12 inches will need half the size. NOTE: DO NOT house bearded dragons with other species due to the differences in care, temperatures, and the fact that some species can be highly stressed in the presence of other species.
UVB is necessary for the Bearded Dragon to make Vitamin D. No artificial light is as good as sun in providing UVB, so when the outside temperature on a sunny day is over 70°F, place your Bearded Dragon outside in a secure screen or wire cage with a locking door. Just make sure that the surface of the tile is rough and textured for traction. Bearded dragons receive their warmth from above, and while a warm rock, log, or substrate will help their digestion…they NEED an overhead source of heat I prefer the ceramic heat emitters. This will allow air to circulate underneath the tank and prevent the heat from being trapped under the tank.
So if you have a colorful bearded dragon you may want to get a different type of tank. A smaller rock was hollowed out in the same way to create a food bowl where a variety of plant foods are provided for the dragon. Bearded dragons love these cages and look amazing in them, since the white boards reflect extra light which makes your dragon happier. They are expensive, but many bearded dragon breeders will use these cages since you can stack them on top of each other to save space. This will all depend on the temperature in the room, as well as the size and type of cage you are using.
All uneaten insects should be removed from the enclosure as they can bite your dragon and cause injury, especially to the eyes. Adults require a warm side of 95 degrees F. and the cool end should be 85. Mist your grown dragon 1-2 times daily. We havent even had him a week and if the smell doesnt go away, he may have to. I hope that isnt the case. All these incidents can be avoided by adequately supporting your bearded dragon, only handling in a safe area and supervising children whilst handling.
In short, particle substrates allow the bearded dragon to dig, which is something they do enjoy doing, but gives a risk of impaction from ingesting the substrate. Regarding the calcium rich sand giving off an aroma, Im not sure that is the case here as we experienced the same smell with the walnut media. Mist (use a spray bottle to gently wet) the dragon and an area of the glass 3-4 times a day. When we first started with bearded dragon, our set up was aquariums, which took up a lot of space.
Other housing that is sometimes used are custom wood cages (which can be hard to clean), cages made from molded plastic, which can be pricey but they are lightweight and easy to clean. Bearded dragons can have different colors, Fishbone’s is just a different color than mine. You can use paper towels, and then you wouldn’t have to worry about the bearded dragon’s claws getting caught, like you would with the felt carpet, but as soon a paper towel is soiled you’re going to have to replace it. This can get fairly pricey depending on the cost of paper towels at your store. I am in love with bearded dragons and i am glad i got dragons over other lizards.
There was always a pile of poop hidden somewhere that got covered by them digging or just plain ol’ moving around the cage causing the substrate to mix. Your Bearded Dragon should appreciate the extra humidity and it will make the shedding process easier. The author is a keeper and breeder of bearded dragons with many years of experience and has put together succinct and valuable booklet that will help you keep your dragon healthy for years. The main concerns include dropping your bearded dragon from height, losing your bearded dragon or accidently injuring your bearded dragon through mishandling.
HEAT LAMP: Place the heat dome with the basking bulb on top of the cage directly over where the reptile heat pad has been placed on the underside of one end of the tank. Remember, the basking light will take up space on top of your bearded dragon’s tank, so if your fluorescent bulb is very large, you may need to reorganize things to get it all to fit. Beardies take in sand, either from licking their environment while exploring or while eating food (if they’re not fed outside the tank), and are unable to digest it. Sand slowly builds up over time and can lead to a blockage which can be fatal.
If this bulb is too far from the basking area, the UVB will dissipate before reaching the dragon. I have two baby breaded dragon one is nonactive it sleeps all day it hardly wakes up, i read if i spray it tail with water or tap on the lid of the tank it will wake them up, but mines remain still and sleeping. I understand that if I act now, I will receive an instantly downloadable e-book filled with tips and tricks on how to care for my bearded dragon not taught anywhere else. Keep in mind, though, the more decorative and elaborate your tank is, the more you will have to clean.