Providing a good home for your bearded dragon is essential in raising a happy and healthy pet. As with all aspects of dragon care, following some simple guidelines can increase your chances of being a succesful dragon owner.
There are different options that you can use for housing your bearded dragon in. Each option has it’s own strengths and weaknesses. No matter what option you choose, make sure that it provides the essentials that all dragon homes need.
Finding the right home and getting it set up properly could become costly. However, I do have some money saving tips that could cut down on the cost a little. Ithttps://reptileguide101.info/money-saving-tips-for-bearded-dragon-owners/ will still take a little bit of money to properly house your new pet.
When looking for a bearded dragon enclosure it’s better to get a home that is just bare minimum. A bearded dragon might survive in a bare minimum set up, but it’s better to have your dragon thrive.
First Things First
Before you bring your new bearded dragon home, it’s good to have their enclosure set up and ready to go. Make sure that everything is in place, and you have a good heat gradient going. This will give your new friend a warm and cozy place to settle into.
This is important because whether you bring them home from a store or they are shipped to you from a breeder, they will have endured some sort of stress from the journey. This is especially true for younger dragons, like hatchlings.
Providing a home that is safe, warm, and ready will help your new dragon start adjusting as fast as possible.
The Bigger the Better
Providing ample room for your dragon cannot be overstated enough. The bigger the dragons cage, the better they will do. You don’t want your dragon to just survive, you want them to thrive.
I know that last statement was a little corny, but it’s true. Of course there are other factors involved in keeping a happy dragon. Providing a big enclosure is not a cure all for other parts of your dragons care.
The bare minimum enclosure size you’ll want to have for an adult dragon is 36″ x 18″ x 18″. This is equivalent to a 55-gallon aquarium. Remember that this is the minimum size you’ll want to go with.
A preferred size would be 42″ x 24″ x 18″. If you can go a little bigger that’s great, but this size should do well. I use a 48″ x 20″ x 20″ cage for my dragons.
Bearded dragons need more floor space than vertical space. Even though dragons like to climb, they will spend quite a bit of time on the floor of their enclosure. Keep this in mind when looking for, or building a cage.
Baby Dragon Exception
There is an exception for hatchlings and dragons less than 6″ long. You can temporarily house these guys in a ten to twenty-gallon aquarium. They will quickly outgrow this home within month. A twenty-gallon long breeder tank is preferred over a ten-gallon tank.
If you don’t want to buy an aquarium, you can always use a small Rubbermaid tote for a short time. These are inexpensive and can be easily cleaned.
It is actually better to start the small guys in a smaller enclosure. It helps make them feel safer and secure. It also helps them catch their prey (crickets) at feeding time.