Bearded Dragon Care Sheet?

The inland bearded dragon is generally considered one of the all-time best lizard pets. It is known for being alert, hardy and tame, and bearded dragon owners love watching their lizards, whether during a feeding frenzy while chasing crickets or simply interacting with each other. Bearded dragons exhibit interesting behaviors, too, such as arm waving, in which a female (and occasionally males) may lift a front leg in the air and wave it as a submissive gesture. The spiny beard from which the lizard gets its common name may also be extended, though its uncommon for tame captives to do so; dragons typically do this when alarmed.

Sand is commonly used with bearded dragons, though there is concern, especially when keeping young lizards, that intestinal impaction could result if they accidentally eat some. Newspaper, paper toweling or reptile carpet (though watch for loose threads or areas that can snag dragon toenails) would be better choices.

If you keep your bearded dragons on sand, reduce the risk of impaction by offering food on a shallow dish rather than placing it directly on the substrate. Bearded dragons will also eat pinky mice, and a wide variety of nutritionally balanced manufactured diets are available at pet stores, too. Its not unusual to visit a reptile expo and see fat and happy bearded dragons lounging amid merchandise at vendor tables, or perched on their owners shoulders.

How easy is it to take care of a bearded dragon?

These charismatic lizards from Down Under are friendly and relatively easy to care for. They grow up to two feet in length and can live up to 15 years. If they are fed and housed properly, they can provide many years of companionship.

Do bearded dragons need to be held everyday?

Bearded dragons usually tolerate handling better than other lizards. Regular handling helps bearded dragons get used to people, so you should handle your beardie daily. Doing so also minimizes stress during regular care, such as bathing or tank cleaning. They are generally gentle and easy to hold.

What all do you need for a bearded dragon?

A 2′ x 2′ x 4′ tank. The vivarium you buy and furnish will be your bearded dragon’s home. ….A 95℉ – 105℉ basking spot. ….A UVB light. ….A cool side to their tank at 75℉ ….Water. ….Greens every day. ….Gut loaded feeder insects. ….A place to hide to feel safe.

Bearded dragons make great pets! Affectionately called beardies, they are easy to care for and have great personalities. They are smart, fun, and curious and are considered the most docile creatures among the lizard world.

While their diet consists mostly of plants and vegetables, the also love insects including crickets, roaches, and mealworms. They get their name from the spiky growths under their necks, which will puff up and turn black when the lizard is excited, resembling a human beard.

Although normally calm and sedentary, bearded dragons are deceptively quick and are capable of running up to 9 mph. Bearded dragons are commonly kept in glass terrariums or tanks, while some owners set their pets up in a cage made from melamine, PVC, or ABS plastic. Reptile carpet, newspaper, or porcelain/ceramic tiles are the best options for baby and juvenile beardies and are easiest to maintain.

In addition to a basking perch, you can add other accessories to make your beardie feel at home like branches, rocks, or driftwood. Beardies are native to the desert regions in Australia, so they require full-spectrum light (not your standard household bulb) for 12 to 14 hours per day. Full-spectrum bulbs emit light in all the UV ranges, which is what bearded dragons need to remain healthy.

Commercial diets fortified with real crickets are also a good option and can provide your pet with proper balance of essential nutrients. Bearded dragons go through brumation periods, a type of hibernation that often happens in the fall or winter and can last for weeks or months.

Bearded dragons, or ‘beardies’, are one of the most popular lizards in captivity in the UK. They have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, or even longer, so they’re quite a commitment and it’s important to keep them in a way that mimics the wild as much as possible.

A 120cm long x 60cm high x 60 cm wide vivarium is the minimum size you’ll need for one adult dragon. As well as this, you’ll need to provide a 10 to 12% fluorescent UV tube at the hot end, to stop your beardy from getting metabolic bone disease.

You can find out more about your beardy’s feeding, supplements and water needs in our bearded dragon care sheet .

Inland Bearded Dragon (

The inland bearded dragon is generally considered one of the all-time best lizard pets. It is known for being alert, hardy and tame, and bearded dragon owners love watching their lizards, whether during a feeding frenzy while chasing crickets or simply interacting with each other. Bearded dragons exhibit interesting behaviors, too, such as “arm waving,” in which a female (and occasionally males) may lift a front leg in the air and “wave” it as a submissive gesture. The spiny “beard” from which the lizard gets its common name may also be extended, though it’s uncommon for tame captives to do so; dragons typically do this when alarmed.

Inland Bearded Dragon Availability

Bearded dragons are commonly available at stores, reptile expos and breeders’ websites. Captive-bred specimens are highly recommended because they are usually healthier and more acclimated to captivity than wild-caught animals. Various color morphs are available, too (though they’re more costly than “normal-colored” animals).

Inland Bearded Dragon Size

Hatchlings measure about 4 inches; large adults can be nearly 2 feet in length.

Bearded Dragon Lifespan

Average captive lifespan is between six and 10 years, though there are reports of specimens living twice that long.

Inland Bearded Dragon Caging Tips

While a hatchling dragon could live in a 20-gallon aquarium for a short time, it will quickly need a larger enclosure. A 75-gallon aquarium or equal-sized enclosure is OK for an adult dragon. Screening should be used for proper ventilation, whether as a top on an aquarium enclosure or in the construction of a custom enclosure. During warm weather bearded dragons can be kept in outdoor cages. Be sure the outdoor enclosure provides both sunny basking areas and shady retreats, as well as shelter from rain. Having access to the sun outdoors provides healthy UV. Bearded dragons like to climb, so some sturdy branches are welcome in their enclosures.

Inland Bearded Dragon Lighting and Temperature

Bearded dragons like it hot. A basking site of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit works well for them. The basking site can be provided by a spotlight positioned over a rock, branch, etc. at one end of the enclosure. Keeping the spotlight at one end of the cage will allow your dragon to thermoregulate (move between a cooler end of the enclosure and the hotter end with the basking area). The cooler end of the enclosure can be kept at about 80 degrees.In addition to the basking spotlight, provide full-spectrum UVB (ultraviolet) lighting over the rest of the enclosure. This lighting is critically important for dragons that are kept indoors, as it assists them in synthesizing vitamin D3, which aids in calcium absorption. There are many types of lights available; consult with store employees and read the packaging to determine the best for your setup.Heat can also be provided using heat tape, heat emitters and other devices available in pet stores. Keep a thermometer in the enclosure to track the cage temperature. At night, it can go down to about 65 degrees.

Inland Bearded Dragon Substrate

Sand is commonly used with bearded dragons, though there is concern, especially when keeping young lizards, that intestinal impaction could result if they accidentally eat some. It is not recommended that you keep young bearded dragons on sand, or any kind of loose substrate. Newspaper, paper toweling or reptile carpet (though watch for loose threads or areas that can snag dragon toenails) would be better choices.Adult bearded dragons can be kept on these same substrates. If you must use sand, playground sand (available at hardware and do-it-yourself stores) is a decent choice due to the fact that it’s not as dusty as other types of sand. You can also purchase digestible “reptile sand” at reptile and pet stores, though opinions on the safety of these are varied. If you try some, be sure to follow manufacturer directions. Sand mixed with clean soil that has not been treated with any fertilizers, pesticides, etc., can also be used with adult bearded dragons.If you keep your bearded dragons on sand, reduce the risk of impaction by offering food on a shallow dish rather than placing it directly on the substrate.

Inland Bearded Dragon Food

Bearded dragons are omnivorous, meaning they eat both animal and plant matter. They are not usually picky and eat with gusto. Insects, such as crickets and mealworms, should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement and calcium. Dusting can be achieved by placing the insects in a plastic bag with some of the powder, and shaking the bag to lightly coat the insects prior to offering them to your lizards.Also offer bearded dragons finely chopped veggies (such as romaine lettuce, zucchini, carrots, etc.), greens (collard, mustard, dandelion, etc.) and fruit (kiwi, banana, mango, etc.). Use healthy, vitamin-rich items; sprinkle the appropriate amount of powdered supplements on these foods, too. Avoid iceberg lettuce because it is not nutritious. You can also feed commercially available foods from the major reptile product manufacturers as well. These foods are formulated specifically for the bearded dragon and can be a great addition to the fresh foods that your bearded dragon eats every day.Bearded dragons will also eat pinky mice, and a wide variety of nutritionally balanced manufactured diets are available at pet stores, too. Again, if you keep your dragons on sand, offer food on a shallow dish rather than placing it directly on the substrate.

Water For Your Inland Bearded Dragon

Mist bearded dragons using a water spray bottle; they’ll lick water droplets off cage walls, rocks, etc., as well as themselves. Don’t overdo it; you don’t want their enclosure to get too wet and become humid. Offer water in a dish that is large enough for them to soak. Be sure to keep this dish and the water in it clean.

Caring for your bearded dragon

Bearded dragons, or ‘beardies’, are one of the most popular lizards in captivity in the UK. They have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, or even longer, so they’re quite a commitment and it’s important to keep them in a way that mimics the wild as much as possible.On this page and in our video below, you’ll learn more about how to care for your bearded dragon and how to keep them healthy and happy.

The right vivarium for your bearded dragon

This robust-looking lizard can grow to around 45cm including their long tail, so they need enough space to roam around. A 120cm long x 60cm high x 60 cm wide vivarium is the minimum size you’ll need for one adult dragon.Make sure it’s secure, well-ventilated and made from solid material that’s easy to clean.It’s important to add accessories to your beardy’s vivarium, such as rocks and branches to climb on. You can also help your beardy feel secure by making sure they have some good hiding areas.

Temperature and lighting

Bearded dragons need a vivarium that ranges from a hotter (38 to 42°C) bright end, to a cooler (22 to 26°C) shaded end. As well as this, you’ll need to provide a 10 to 12% fluorescent UV tube at the hot end, to stop your beardy from getting metabolic bone disease. It’s also essential to keep humidity low – use a hygrometer to measure this at the cool end.For more on heat and light, download our bearded dragon care booklet.

What do bearded dragons eat?

Bearded dragons eat a diet of live insects and vegetables. They need a wide variety of safe plants and vegetables, as well as the correct supplements. You can find out more about your beardy’s feeding, supplements and water needs in our bearded dragon care sheet.