Bearded Dragon Cages : The perfect way to make them (in 8 Steps)

 

Though bearded dragon lizards have become a common pet choice, most people are reluctant about letting them roam around the home. And for good reason too. The creatures are incredibly fast and move quickly across the floor. You would have a hard time finding your beardie if it hides under the furniture or sneaks into any other space. This is why pet owners seek bearded dragon cages or other forms of bearded dragon enclosures. to keep the bearded dragons safe and in control.The cage is the place where your bearded dragon is going to spend virtually all of its time. This is why it is imperative you ensure the environment is spacious and safe and at the same time as close to its natural bearded dragon habitat as possible. Here are some tips on making perfect bearded dragon cages.

1. The right Size for Bearded Dragon Cages

For baby bearded dragons, the ideal size of bearded dragon cages or enclosure is 29 gallons. However, you have to keep in mind that it might outgrow the available space within a year. Hence, it is prudent to invest in a larger bearded dragon terrarium or aquarium from the beginning. This will ensure the bearded dragon has enough space to live and you wouldn’t have to change the cage once it grows. The ideal size in this regard is a 55 gallon aquarium or fish tank which can house a fully grown bearded dragon comfortably:

Bearded Dragon Cages

You’ll find a big variety of suitable tanks (55 gallons or bigger) on Amazon

 

A habitat of around 30 to 40 gallons is perfect for younger Bearded Dragons.

A habitat of around 30 to 40 gallons is perfect for younger Bearded Dragons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Thermoregulation

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The bearded dragon requires two separate thermoregulation zones to maintain its body temperature at an ideal level. For this, you have to make sure that one part of the cage is heated while the other is relatively cooler. The required temperature for the heat zone is 95oF to 100oF. The other part of the cage should have a temperature hovering around 70oF. Bearded dragons are mentally capable of changing their position to adjust their body temperature so you need only worry about maintaining it.

3. Heat & Light Sources

You can use bulbs and other lights to heat the cage of the bearded dragon. This ensures there is plenty of light in the room for beardie to stay comfortable and also the heat is sufficient for it. Using UVB bulbs in bearded dragon cages is a great idea as bearded dragons require ultraviolet light for bone growth. However, you need to make sure the heat sources are out of the reach of the lizard. Otherwise, it may try to climb on to the light and get burned or injured in the process.

UVB light is highly important to prevent Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD).

UVB light is highly important to prevent Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD).

Bearded Dragon Cages

Heat Emitters without Light are perfect to keep your Bearded Dragon warm during the day and at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Sunlight

Despite being a desert animal, bearded dragons have a low tolerance for excessive sunlight. Make sure the spot you place the bearded dragon cage is away from direct sunlight. In their natural environment, the bearded dragons can burrow themselves in the ground or find shade elsewhere. This is not an option they have when it comes to bearded dragon cages. So, make sure you keep the cage out of the sun’s way.

5. Climbing Materials

Perfect for climbing or as a hiding spot

Perfect for climbing or as a hiding spot

Bearded dragons are active reptiles and love to climb. Make the most of this by placing climbing materials in your bearded dragons cage. You can put twisted branches, rocks or small plants and watch your lizard climb on it. This gives it a sense of being at home and makes it easier for it to adjust to the new environment. Only make sure the materials are sturdy and fixed strongly enough to prevent the risk of injury.

 6. Substrate

Perhaps the most important aspect of bearded dragon cages is the substrate, or the flooring in other words. What you keep in there determines how clean the cage remains. In this regard, glass flooring or even wood is a strict no-no in bearded dragon cages. There are plenty of other options for you to select from, of which most are available on Amazon, including:

  • Paper towels, but they might not be ideal for older bearded dragons
  • Carpet
  • Rabbit pellets or crimped oats
  • Reptile bark
  • Calcium sand: bearded dragons cannot digest regular sand. Should they swallow it, it can prove to be fatal.

7. Bearded Dragon/s

An important question you have to answer is whether you want to keep one bearded dragon or more than one. Bearded dragons are territorial animals and keeping two of them in the same cage can lead to aggression and hostility. It is best to get separate bearded dragon cages for each specimen you buy. You can also buy a larger cage, above 70 gallons in size. If you cannot find one on the market, have one made to make sure there aren’t any problems because of multiple bearded dragons in the house.

8. Pets Warning

While the bearded dragons would try to fight off members of their own species, this isn’t the case with any other pets you have in the house. You have to make sure the cage of your bearded dragon is out of the way of any other pet, if you have any. For instance, if you have a cat or a dog, they could cause problems for the bearded dragon and trouble it. Keep beardie out of their reach to prevent any such problems.

Of course, you would have to make sure there is water available for beardie to drink at all times. Follow the tips listed above to Build a Bearded Dragon Cage. You can also choose from a range of different reptile cages in pet shops or directly purchase one of the practical bearded dragon cage kits that include everything you need for the start.

 

4 thoughts on “Bearded Dragon Cages : The perfect way to make them (in 8 Steps)

  1. I have a tank that is 24inches in length x 24 inches in depth and 40 inches tall and curious about recommended light and heat source and wondering if you have any suggestion on light and heat source size. Getting a bearded dragon approximately 8 months old.

    Thanks

    Kirk Rodriguez

  2. do NOT use heat pads for beaded dragons… they can’t sense the heat in there bellies and this runs a high risk of burning the beardie. NEVER use heating pads for beardies. coil bulbs are also bad for them as they can cause all kinds of diseases and even blindness.

  3. That tank is way to tall even with a tube uvb light the rays only go 6-8 inches down so you run a high risk of the bearded not getting proper uvb and developing MBD. Also beardeds like space to crawl not really climb so the tank wouldn’t work. I suggest a 40 gal 36 L x 18 D x 18 H until he is big enough for a 75 gal.

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