Best Way to Setup a Bearded Dragon Enclosure Habitat
One might find it difficult to set up a bearded dragon enclosure habitat as there may be many challenges encountered. There are many various factors to put into consideration when setting up the habitat for a bearded dragon. Some of these factors include decoration, size of the tank, lighting, and many others.
In essence, it is easy to recreate a bearded dragon’s desert habitat even without previous experience. And yet such recreation would still be inexpensive.
This article provides wholesome insight on the bearded dragon tank. It provides readers with enough information on the subject and putting the tank together to be perfect.
After reading this guide, you can seamlessly raise bearded dragons without hassle or stress.
Choosing a Habitat for a Bearded Dragon
Most people choose a simple aquarium for their bearded dragon enclosure. It is easy to see why a bare aquarium is a popular choice. It is easy to clean, it works flawlessly for a bearded dragon, and is relatively cheap.
The most significant factor when choosing a tank for a bearded dragon is the size. Many people often make the mistake of starting with a small tank for their bearded dragons.
In reality, it is cheaper and better to once and for all allocate money for a tank that will not require an upgrade in the long run.
Below is a guide to selecting the right size of tank for your bearded dragon:
- Adult Bearded Dragons: 48” x 18” x 24”, sixty – eighty gallons
- Juvenile Bearded Dragons: 36” x 18” x 16”, forty gallons
- Baby Bearded Dragons: 30” x 12” x 12”, twenty gallons
In terms of layout, height is less essential than width and length. Thus tall tanks are considered “wasted” space because bearded dragons are not passionate climbers. So it is advisable to spend more on the length and width of the tank.
Just as we earlier mentioned, the top choice for most people is a glass aquarium. However, some people love to construct their habitat from wood.
Those who want to make a DIY from wood are advised to keep the temperature level in check because the temperature may go higher than expected. The reason for this is that glass retains less heat as compared to woods.
Bearded Dragon Substrates
The substrate must be present in your bearded dragon’s enclosure habitat. Bearded dragons love to spend time rummaging and digging around the substrate in the habitat.
When you want to choose a material for the bearded dragon’s substrate, you must abide by the following guidelines:
Absorption: choose a highly absorbent substrate; that is, it can absorb moisture and other dirt. Else, there would be a need to replace and clean other enclosure materials more than necessary.
Hygienic: choose an easy to clean substrate that will help to preserve the excellent health of your bearded dragon
Cost: you will have to go for an affordable substrate. You do not want to spend all your cash only on a substrate for the habitat of your bearded dragon. After all, no matter the quality, you are still going to use many substrates throughout the lifespan of your pet.
Edible: Bearded dragons love digging; it is almost impossible to prevent them from digging the substrate and even eating some of it.
All you need to do is ensure that the substrate material can be easily digested to prevent any serious health issue if the bearded dragons swallow the substrate.
We recommend Zilla Reptile Carpet as a top pick for bearded dragon’s habitat. This is because it is safe for the dragons, easy to clean, and also affordable.
Other top choices of substrates are newspaper, ceramic, non-adhesive shelf liner, and tiles. Whatever choice you make, ensure that you avoid any form of particle substrate. Substrates like gravel, mulch, and sand are famous for causing an impact that can result in the death of your bearded dragon.
The Landscape of the Habitat
Asides from digging, your bearded dragons also loves to do a lot of climbing too: they spend much time doing this. So it would be best if you positioned branches all through the enclosure to allow your pet to reach various sectors of the heat gradient in the habitat.
Make sure that the branches are dry and free of sap. They should also be broad or large enough to give enough support to your pet.
It is equally important that you give your bearded dragon a reptile hide. A reptile hide is placed in an enclosed place in the habitat such that your pet can hide there away from prying eyes.
As the dragon grows, there is a need to replace the items used for the hiding place. However, if your bearded dragon does not seem to like the hiding place you created for them, you might consider switching the location until you find a spot that the pet would enjoy.
There has to be a region in the habitat that has shade. This can be created using non-toxic plant life that has been thoroughly washed with water. The washing will make them void of any coated pesticide that may have been on them at the purchase point.
Note that the content and enclosure of the habitat must be designed to please your bearded dragon. So try to make the habitat as natural as possible.
Bearded dragon Lighting
Two primary components are crucial when you want to light your bearded dragon tank; they are a basking lamp and a UVB bulb.
You must ensure an accurate level of humidity to provide a quality life for your bearded dragon. Mist your dragon at least once in a week.
Use a hygrometer to set the right humidity for the habitat according to the season.
Cleaning The Habitat
The best choice for cleaning the habitat is bleach because of its inorganic contents. Although, you have to dilute the bleach heavily before you use it. Make sure to clean thoroughly.
Mixing of Sexes
Male Bearded dragons are usually fierce in defending their territories, so they value their personal space. Thus, it is advisable to keep males away from each other and not in the same enclosure.
You can keep females together. However, they will also develop territorial behavior in the long run.
You do not want to lose your bearded dragons to death due to territorial behavior, so it is best to keep them separate once you notice aggressive behavior.