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The most common bearded dragon habitats are made of glass, like a fish aquarium.
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hi my name is Rachel and I have a bearded dragon that’s about six weeks old my bearded dragon is on a 14-hour day and a 12-hour night range of sleep and awake at night time I put on his purple basking light but it begins to get too cold and I went in to check on him and he was like almost step It wasn’t until I turned on the heat lamp the white one that he began to warm up and started crawling around again I need to know what I should do my aquarium tank is 48 inches long and 24 inches high I have a 40 watt UVB light na 100 Baskin light as well as heat lamp please give me some suggestions on what I should do to keep my bearded dragon warm
Remove the bearded dragon from the aquarium and gently place him in a secure box or spare aquarium.
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For a bearded dragon, or beardy, the optimum enclosure is an aquarium-style tank. It can be as large as there is space for, but it must be at least 50 to 60 gallons, and rectangular in shape, to accommodate the dragon's eventual size of 16 to 20 inches. A tank made of smooth glass is used to avoid causing abrasions to the lizard's nose. The tank should be cleaned with warm soapy water and dried prior to use. The habitat for a beardy should have a tight-fitted, screened hood or lid. Remove the bearded dragon from the aquarium and put him in a secure box or spare aquarium.
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Glass aquariums and glass terrariums work well as enclosures. However, some Bearded Dragons
get upset if they see their reflections. In such cases, a background can do the trick. You can also use enclosures made out of plexiglass, wood, and/or melamine.
Wire and mesh are not generally good ideas. They don't hold in heat well enough.
As for the top, I personally love screen lids, they're great for ventilation while still keeping most of the heat in.
You can get cages at pet stores, garage sales, and classifieds both online and in newspapers. Or you can build your own cage.
Directions to build your own cage can be found at and .


The bare minimum is a 40 gallon breeder (36 by 18 by 18 inches) for one fully grown Bearded Dragon.
The ideal tank size is 4 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet.
When choosing an enclosure size, it's important to keep in mind that some higher gallon numbers aren't wide enough, such as a 55 gallon (aka a 55 gallon long) that is only 48 by 13 by 21 inches. Since most Bearded Dragons are a minimum of 18 inches fully grown, a 55 gallon long will not be wide enough for them to turn around comfortably.
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 one or two adult dragons. 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.Unlike iguanas who can require enclosures that take up half your room, bearded dragons are comfortable in traditional glass aquariums as long as they are 40 gallons or larger. The terrariums meant for lizards tend to be a bit wider than ones meant for fish, measuring 36 inches long by 18 inches tall by 18 inches wide at the very smallest for adults. So what kind of terrarium will be best suited to your bearded dragon? Glass aquariums make excellent terrariums and are a very popular choice among hobbyists today. They are easy to clean, provide optimal viewing pleasure, and they will generally last a very long time. Plastic or acrylic terrariums are also quite popular. These enclosures are also easy to clean, and they retain heat very well. However, they are easily scratched, which can disrupt your ability to see your bearded dragon as well as his ability to see out of the enclosure. Also, they may not allow for enough ventilation for your pet. As great as these kinds of terrariums are for some other herps, the amount of moisture and humidity that they hold could be detrimental to your dragon’s health.