So you decided to adopt a bearded dragon and want to know how to set up its new home?
The first item to determine is your species of dragon. “Bearded Dragon” is a general name that is normally used several different species of the genus Pogona.
The genus Pogona is naturally limited to Australia and there are about eight species are found in a range of parts of the continent.
They are all omnivores. They are fast and inventive predators, and some species are semi-arboreal.
Three of the eight species, are much more common than others. The inland bearded dragon is the most universal, which is kept as pet reptile enthusiasts.
The bearded dragon term has become synonymous with this lizard.
Two other species are often available as pets, but not nearly as frequently as they are difficult to find. The Rankin’s Dragon or Pogona brevis, is the second most common variety. It originates from central and western Queensland, Australia
The other is the eastern or coastal bearded dragon (Pogona barbata), which is roughly the same size as the inner Beardie, but darker in color.
Beardies are loved due to their docile disposition, hardiness, and unique appearance.
They are located in semi-arid Australian inland and coastal areas.
Dragons have a very rough texture, with their beards and puffy distended body that looks more intimidating than they actually are.
The spines are usually lithe, but they can be hard when inflated.
Life expectancy for a bearded dragon in captivity would be about 7 to 12 years. In general, they live in a selection of desert scrub habitats, semi-arid savannah forests.
They are semi-arboreal, when the trees exist, but also to perch on the rocks that used to take the sun.
Bearded Dragon Habitat DIY
We are glad your interested in adopting a new Bearded Dragon into your home. Now let’s make sure his new home is a happy place.
To start out with you will need an enclosure or cage for your Bearded Dragon’s home.
An adult Bearded Dragon needs a 55-60 gallon aquarium while hatchlings may only need a 10-15 gallon aquarium.
Once you have your aquarium you will need to fill it with substrate.
Substrate to fill the bottom of the environment can consist of paper cuttings, astroturf or indoor and outdoor carpet.
This video does a great job showing one way to set up a Bearded Dragon Habitat.
Your Bearded Dragons will also need some furniture for their environment.
Bearded Dragons like to have a place to hide such as an empty flower pot, a cardboard box or another type of enclosure made specifically for reptiles.
Branches work well for your them to bask and climb on. Make sure that your branches are sturdy and do not have any sap on them.
Also find some smooth rocks for your Bearded Dragons to groom their toenails on.
You may want to add some plants to provide shade and humidity for your Bearded Dragon.
Choose plants that are nontoxic and have not been treated with pesticides.
Thoroughly wash your plants multiple times before adding it to your Bearded Dragon’s home.
Plants not only provide moisture in the air and a place to get away from heat lamps they can also provide a sense of security and a place to hide.
It is important to keep your Bearded Dragon’s home at a temperature of 78-88° F. To do this you may need to use both a primary and secondary heat source.
A primary heat source keeps the temperature constant most of the time while a secondary heat source keeps a certain area warm during the night when the heat lamps are turned off.
You may not need a secondary heat source if the temperature in your home is warm enough that the inside temperate never reaches below 78°.
For the primary heat source you should use a few incandescent lights of different types.
You should provide your Bearded Dragon visible white light throughout it’s environment.
If your Bearded Dragon does not get regular sunlight in a safe place outside you should provide Ultraviolet lights as well. It is an important aspect of Bearded Dragon Habitat DIY Care.