Do you want to know how to create a Bearded Dragon vivarium, that has the perfect set up for your new reptile? We have come up with 5 simple Q&A's based on our expertise and knowledge of Bearded Dragons and their habitat needs. Find out how to build the best set up for your Bearded Dragon from answers to all our most asked questions.
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Heat - A vivarium should have a warm and cool end. The warm end should be around 38 Celsius and the cool end around 28 Celsius. The temperature of the vivarium should reflect the arid landscape and changing night time temperature. Basking bulbs (spot bulbs) will help providing heat and light and these can be bought from most pet stores.
UVB - Bearded Dragons need UVB lighting to ensure they get vitamin D3 so that calcium can be absorbed into their body. A Breaded Dragon should get around 14-16 hours of UV exposure in the summer and 10-12 hours in the winter. Full spectrum UVB lighting can be bought in most pet stores.
Diet - A Bearded Dragon needs a varied and rich diet replicating what they would eat in the wild. It’s good practice to include vegetables, fruit, greens. Bearded Dragon’s can also eat meat in the form of insects (e.g. crickets, mealworms, locusts etc), live food can be found in most pet stores.
Hydration - Remember Bearded Dragons get 99% of their required hydration from the greens they eat. In addition to this, keep your Bearded Dragon hydrated either by:
Hard plastic is the most common choice for the side walls of a vivarium tank because they reflect light, meaning it mimics that of a Bearded Dragon's natural habitat where there is lots of bright light. A wooden vivarium can also be a popular choice for Bearded Dragon owners, they are easy to assemble and easy to modify if you need to drill holes for wires and cables. However it also has it's down side - after a while the conditions in the tank may effect the wooden frame, humidity and water may cause the wood to rot, this also increases the risk of bacteria build up. Wooden tanks are also harder to clean as the surfaces can't just be wiped down like a glass vivarium.
The option of a glass vivarium is also appealing when you think about all the things that can't go wrong, as previously mentioned with a wooden tank. But you have to remember glass tanks are heavy, fragile and can easy be damaged by trying to drill a hole through it.
Well, this is down to personal preference. Here are some of the most common options:
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