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What Should A Bearded Dragon Live In? | Bearded Dragon Enclosure Q&A

What Should A Bearded Dragon Live In? | Bearded Dragon Enclosure Q&A

Answering the Most Commonly Asked Bearded Dragon Enclosure Questions!

The following questions are frequently asked by new bearded dragon owners. We will answer all of your bearded dragon setup related questions!

Can I keep a bearded dragon in a 20-gallon tank?

No, a 20-gallon tank is generally too small for even a baby bearded dragon, and especially too small for an adult. 20-gallon tanks do not allow for a proper thermal gradient, which prevents your dragon from being able to move away from their basking area. This can become dangerous very quickly and lead to your pet overheating. 

Can I keep a bearded dragon in a 40-gallon breeder tank?

A 40-gallon breeder tank may house a baby or a young adult bearded dragon temporarily, but they will quickly outgrow their space and require an upgrade. Bearded dragons can reach adult size in as little as 8 - 10 months, and will require their adult enclosure at this time. 

Can I keep a bearded dragon in a 55-gallon tank?

55-gallon tanks are too narrow to comfortably house an adult bearded dragon. Bearded dragons require enough space to turn around comfortably so they can exhibit natural behaviors. 55 gallon tanks are not a suitable long term enclosure for a beardie.

Can I keep a bearded dragon in a 75-gallon tank?

Updated industry and husbandry standards agree that a 75-gallon tank is NOT large enough to accommodate an adult bearded dragon. Professionals state that bearded dragons require a minimum of 120 gallons of space (48” x 24” x 24”) to exhibit natural behaviors 

Can I keep a bearded dragon in a tank?

While tanks can be set up properly for a bearded dragon, they may not be the best option. Glass is a poor conductor of heat, leading to issues with obtaining proper temperatures. Additionally, bearded dragons may become stressed by their reflection or being reached over and begin to exhibit undesirable behaviors that may present as aggression or agitation. 

What is the best enclosure for bearded dragons?

The best enclosure for a bearded dragon is at least 120-gallons ( 4’ x 2’ x 2’ / 48” x 24” x 24” ) with three solid sides to reduce stress. Ideally the enclosure will be made from either PVC or wood in order to retain heat and achieve optimal basking conditions. 

Enclosures designed for the life long health and happiness of your bearded dragon: 

Why do bearded dragons need a big enclosure?

Bearded dragons are active lizards that require space to move, explore, and exhibit natural behaviors like basking and climbing. A larger enclosure allows for proper temperature gradients, which are crucial for their health and well-being. It also allows for the addition of rocks, branches, hides, and other environmental enrichment opportunities which contribute to their mental stimulation and overall happiness.

Learn more about providing environmental enrichment here!

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