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Bearded Dragon
Care and Information Sheet

Bearded Dragons are generally considered to be good pets even for beginner reptile owners. Bearded Dragons are are very social, easily tamed & show fascinating behaviors. You'll lose hours watching your Bearded Dragon. 
PLEASE NOTE: THIS CARESHEET SHOULD BE USED AS A GUIDELINE ONLY. IT IS BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCE AND IS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION. WE CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PROBLEMS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER WITH YOUR PET.

  • Experience: NOVICE - An excellent Lizard as your first Exotic Pet.
  • Lifespan - The average Bearded Dragon will live for around 10 years with the appropriate care.
  • Size - Bearded Dragons reach a mature size of 20 - 24 inches in about 24 months. The bulk of the growth being in the first 12 months
  • Enclousures - Bearded Dragons require a minimum vivarium size of 36"x18"x18
  • Feeding - Bearded Dragons are Omnivores and eat a variety of insects and smaller prey as well as plant material.
  • Legal issues - There are no legal issues when keeping a Bearded Dragon as a pet in the UK at the time of writing this article. DO NOT release invertebrates into the wild!
  • Choosing your Bearded Dragon - The overall look of the Bearded Dragon should be well proportioned and have no grey or black spots or any yellow around the mouth or gray or black discoloration to the skin. The lizard should not be thin or have bones showing in the upper part of its back.
  1. Temperament - Very friendly and active. Excellent for a first reptile or for children to handle. They are diurnal so are active during the day and sleep at night.
  2. Climate Control - Heating/Lighting: Use a flat sided reflector bulb in the hot end of the vivarium to regulate the temperature. This is your main heat source in your vivarium so needs to be replaced as soon as the bulb goes. UV lighting is essential for the health and wellbeing of your Bearded Dragon. You should have a 12% UV tube along the length of the vivarium. The UV light should be replaced every 6 to 8 months to ensure it is still emitting UV. Both bulbs should be on 10 to 12 hours a day and switched off at night.
  3. Temperature - Bearded Dragons are exothermic so their vivariums require a hot end and a cool end to enable them to regulate their temperature. The hot end should be around 35 Celcius (95 Farenheit) and the cool end around 28 Celcius (80 Farenheit) during the day. The temperature at night should not drop lower than 22 Celcius (70 Farenheit).
  4. Substrate - Bearded dragons require a dry substrate. A recommended substrates would be beech chippings. WARNING: NEVER USE STANDARD BUILDING MATERIAL OR PLAY SAND AS THIS CAN CAUSE COMPACT GUT, WHICH COULD BE FATAL.
  5. Feeding - Bearded Dragons require both live food (crickets, locust, etc, if unsure what size to feed please ask for advice) as well as vegetables/salad. The veg should be chopped up fine for baby Bearded Dragons to make sure they don't struggle to eat it. WARNING: AVOID ICEBERG LETTUCE AND SPINACH. NEVER: FEED RHUBARD, LEEK OR ONIONS AS THESE ARE POISONOUS AND COULD BE FATAL.
  6. Water - They should always have access to clean, fresh water although you may not see them drink very often. Keep their water in the cold end of the tank and change daily or every other day. DO NOT spray water in or around the tank as humidity is bad for their lungs, they require a dry environment. You can give your Bearded Dragon a warm shallow bath occasionally but you should dry them thoroughly before putting them back in their vivarium and make sure you don't use any soaps or cleaning agents.
  7. Cleaning - Spot clean every day and remove any mess, give them a full clean out every 3 weeks or more regularly if required. Reptile disinfectant can be used in the tank and as a glass cleaner. It is good practice to wash your hands before and after handling your Bearded Dragon and especially after cleaning your tank or removing waste. WARNING: DO NOT USE ANY HOUSEHOLD OR DOMESTIC CLEANERS IN OR AROUND THE VIVARIUM AS THEY CONTAIN HARMFUL AND POTENTIALLY LETHAL CHEMICALS.