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Bearded Dragon Care Guide - Reptiles By Post

Bearded Dragon Care Guide

A Comprehensive Starter Guide to Bearded Dragon Care

Scientific Name: Pagona Vitticeps

Country of Origin: Australia

Potential Adult/Max Growing Size: 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm)

 Average Lifespan: 8 to 12 years (and often longer with proper care!)


Dietary Requirements: Omnivorous

Bearded Dragons, specifically the 'central bearded dragon’ (Pogona Vitticeps), are native to the hot outback deserts of Australia. In their natural habitat, they are commonly seen basking in the Australian sun on rocky outcrops or fallen trees, retreating into burrows during the hottest part of the day. Their environment comprises of compacted sandy clay with scrubland plants, succulents, and cacti.



Given their origin in warm climates, Bearded Dragons need a large enclosure. It is recommended to keep them in a wooden vivarium, we recommend using a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft vivarium. Proper ventilation and sliding glass doors are essential for the enclosure. You should also ensure there is a suitable high runner to be able to offer a deep substrate.



Bearded Dragons require a warm basking area ranging from 35ºC to 37ºC during the day, with a temperature gradient decreasing to 24ºC on the opposite side. A basking spotlamp controlled by a digital thermostat is essential to maintain the correct temperature. This lamp operates for 12 hours daily and is turned off at night to allow for natural thermoregulation.


UVB Lighting:

Bearded Dragons, being full-time basking species, need intense UVB light. They are referred to as zone 3 we recommend a strong 12% - 14% UVB tube, preferably T5 UVB lighting, mounted on the ceiling to create a gradient from back to front. Our setups include all necessary heating and lighting components, simplifying your pet care routine.


Enclosure Decoration:

Bearded Dragons thrive in low humidity environments with hard, climbable decorations. Dry hardwood pieces like java wood, grapevine, Bamboo Jungle Gym, or Cork Bark are strategically placed near the warm end, allowing the dragon to climb and regulate its temperature. Full and partial hiding spots such as caves, tall plants, and themed ornaments provide necessary shade and privacy.


Dietary and Water Requirements:

Bearded Dragons are omnivores, consuming a mix of vegetables and insects. Nutritious live foods like brown crickets, locusts, and dubia roaches are recommended. Vegetables such as leafy greens, kale, spinach, and various fruits can be included in their diet, while certain items like iceberg lettuce, onions, and citrus fruits should be avoided.


Calcium, Vitamin, and Mineral Supplements:

Supplements such as a good quality Calcium Dust and vitamin dust should be provided, especially for young dragons, ensuring proper growth and development. These supplements should be given routinely.



Regular spot cleaning of uneaten food and waste is necessary, with a thorough cleaning of the enclosure, decorations, and bedding every 6 to 8 weeks. Reptile-friendly disinfectants are recommended, sprayed and wiped down on all surfaces, ensuring a clean and safe habitat.

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