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What Do I Need For My New Bearded Dragon's Home?

Everything your beardie needs

Overview

Habitat

Full-grown beardies grow up to two feet long, so they need a terrarium that’s 40 gallons or larger. They’re cold-blooded and must have a warm environment.

Temperature and humidity

A beardie’s tank should be heated to between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and should also include a daytime basking spot that’s much warmer than that — between 100 F and 115 F. A basking lamp can help keep that spot extra-warm. The terrarium should be large enough for there to be a temperature range between the hot spot and the cooler side of the tank. This way your pet will move between the warmer and cooler spots in the habitat, to regulate their temperature and stay comfortable.

At night, the tank temperature should stay between 65 F and 75 F. A ceramic heater will help regulate the terrarium temperature at night, if needed.

The tank’s humidity should remain in the 20% to 30% sweet spot beloved by beardies.

Monitor the habitat’s heat and moisture with two thermometers, one for each end of the tank, and a hygrometer to measure humidity.

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Lighting

Provide your beardie 12 hours of “sunlight” each day with a UVA/UVB bulb. The rays help them process calcium.

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Bedding

Line the tank with reptile carpet until your beardie is at least six inches long. Once your lizard is large enough not to sink into thick bedding, replace the carpet with a 3-to-6 inch layer of calcium sand.

Remove droppings at least weekly and change out the bedding monthly.

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Decor

Stock your beardie’s lair with at least two pieces of furniture. A rock in the warm spot will help your beardie get closer to the heat source. Add a shelter in a cooler spot so your beardie will be made in the shade.

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