Bearded Dragons require a large environment of at least 4 x 2 x 2ft, though larger is always better to encourage more activity. This should provide them with a good heat gradient, with temperatures of 40-42C at one end and around 25C at the other end. During the night, these temperatures can drop to as low as 15C. This heat can be provided through a heat bulb, or a ceramic bulb, but a day and night cycle is also needed, so a bulb that gives light off as well is preferred. Any heat source will need to be thermostatically controlled to ensure the safety of your pet. For lighting, Bearded Dragons also need a UVB bulb, which replicates the UV rays from the sun, and allows them to absorb calcium efficiently to keep their bones in great health. This is an essential piece of their equipment, along with the heat source, and without these bulbs a Bearded Dragon would suffer from very poor health. A good example of an adequate bulb is Arcadia's 12% T5, as long as basking is 30 - 45cm away. This bulb will be used in a 12 hour cycle and will need replacing every 12 months to ensure it is still effective - this may change depending on the bulb brand.
Bearded Dragons eat live food, as well as a good selection of vegetation, for a perfect varied diet. As babies, their diet is highly protein based, around 80% of it should be live food, such as crickets, locust and cockroaches. They will have a small amount of veg as well at this age, but as they grow and reach adulthood this changes to their diet being a higher amount of vegetation, and they will require less live food. An adult Bearded Dragon will only need live food offering 3 times a week, compared to a baby having live food feedings each day. All feeding should incorporate a good Calcium Powder, and a vitamin powder, such as Nutrobal, in the relevant supplement regime, to make sure your dragon gets everything in its diet that is required.
Providing live food as well as giving adequate nutrition also provides opportunity for exercise when placed in the tank without tweezer feeding, and this is much more beneficial to the dragon as well as ensures the dragon doesn't become lazy and inactive. Other additions ensuring good activity and mental stimulation would include a variety of branches, logs, rocks and vegetation, which can be altered every now and then, making it even for interesting to your pet! A good hiding opportunity will ensure your dragon feels safer, though they are confident lizards and diurnally active so should be on show more often than not.
A good substrate to use is a sand based mixture, such as ProReps Beardie Lifeife or the Lucky Reptile Desert Bedding, which will look and feel more natural to the dragon as well as providing digging opportunity, particularly essential in laying females. With all the correct lighting, heating and supplements, it is completely safe to use such substrates. The rock texture and some added slate and stones will also enable the dragon to naturally keep the sharp claws at bay.
Swell SuperStore Bearded Dragons:
- Current Age/Size - Juvenile, 25cm approx (11cm snout to vent)
- Adult Expected Size - up to 2ft in length
- Habitat - Arid woodland, scrub, grassland and desert habitats commonly inhabited, terrestrial life style.
- Required Enclosure Size - at least 4 x 2 x 2ft
- UV Lighting - 4-6 UVI (12% T5 bulb - 30 - 45cm away)
- Expected Lifespan - 10-15 years
- Temperature Gradient - 25 - 42C
- Humidity Levels - 30-40%
- Feeding - Omnivorous - live food such as crickets, locust, cockroaches, beetle grubs, morio worms, as well as vegetation and occasional mice pinky.
- Handling - Very docile species, usually easily tamed and handled.
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