How to Create a Bearded Dragon Habitat

Whether you’re a first-time bearded dragon owner or have just decided your scaly friend needs some new digs, “reptile moving day” is always plenty of fun. 

However, unlike you, your bearded dragon can’t scroll through apps or watch virtual home tours to choose its perfect habitat. Instead, they’re relying on you to set up an enclosure they’ll love — one they’ll be happy to call home.

Here’s everything you need to know about choosing a bearded dragon habitat for your scaly friend!

How Much Space Does a Bearded Dragon Need?

When researching enclosure options for a pet bearded dragon, remember that you want their space to feel as close to a natural habitat as possible. That means giving them plenty of room to chase insects and relax under a UV light or basking lamp. Keep in mind that although your beardie is an indoor pet, they can also take small 15-minute breaks to bask in the sunlight outside with supervision.

Here are a few things to remember about bearded dragon space requirements:


According to Cascade Kennels, a baby bearded dragon needs an enclosure of at least ten gallons. As your scaly friend gets bigger, they’ll need more space; an adult bearded dragon needs a terrarium or cage of up to 50 gallons.


According to VCA Animal Hospitals, multiple bearded dragons can be kept in the same enclosure; however, males shouldn’t be housed together, as they’re very territorial and can become aggressive. Remember that more animals require more habitat space — and always keep an eye on your beardies to make sure they’re getting along.

While cats and dogs can sometimes be friends with your bearded dragon, it’s best to keep these animals away from your reptile habitat. Make sure the enclosure is placed high enough that your dog can’t sniff or bump it and your cat can’t jump up to stare through the glass. Protect your beardie from other pets, too, like birds and ferrets.

Temperature Gradient

Remember that bearded dragons, like all reptiles, are cold-blooded. That means they need the opportunity to regulate their own temperature by moving between warm and cold areas. Their enclosures need to be big enough so that one end can be warm (between 80° and 90°F) and the other can be cooler (between 75° and 80°F). It’s also important to create a basking spot for your bearded dragon — usually a rock under a heat lamp, which should be kept at around 110°F. Regularly check the temperature throughout the bearded dragon enclosure to keep your friend comfortable.

What Should Go Inside Your Bearded Dragon’s Enclosure?

Once you have the basics figured out, it’s time to gather your bearded dragon supplies and start accessorizing your pet’s new enclosure. Here are a few things you’ll need to include:

  • Food and water containers: Your bearded dragon may not have a kitchen, but they still need a nice place to eat and drink. Because bearded dragon food and snacks can come in so many different forms, from chopped greens to mealworms, make sure to choose a container that can fit your friend’s omnivorous diet. A water bowl should be provided as well, although you may need to mist your beardie to help keep them hydrated.
  • Live insects: Even a pet bearded dragon has a wild side. Occasionally putting live insects in the enclosure helps your scaly friend feel like they’re hunting in their natural habitat.
  • Sticks and rocks: Beardies like to climb around, so every bearded dragon enclosure needs a few sticks, rocks and other bearded dragon accessories like a reptile carpet.
  • Basking spot: Your bearded dragon will want a comfortable place to rest under their basking lamp. Give them plenty of room to stretch out and soak in those UVB rays.

Keep in mind that, while you can put all kinds of fun things inside a bearded dragon habitat, one thing you won’t find is a beardie vacuum! Instead, it’s up to you to keep things tidy. It’s best to do a little cleaning every day, but plan to do a deeper clean at least once a month. Don’t forget to bring a face mask and gloves, as up to 70% of reptiles and amphibians could be carriers of Salmonella, according to the Tampa Veterinary Hospital.

Habitat Options for a Bearded Dragon

Are you ready to choose the perfect enclosure for your scaly friend? Here are a few habitat options to consider:

If you’re looking for an enclosure that gives you quick, easy access to your bearded dragon, this is the habitat for you. This tank comes in two sizes — 25 and 40 gallons — and has double doors that can be locked to protect your scaly friend.

This starter kit is perfect for new bearded dragon owners. You’ll get a 20-gallon terrarium, a UVB lamp with a basking bulb, thermometer, food and water dishes and more. The kit even comes with a guide on bearded dragon care.

Need something a little bigger? This kit has you covered. With a 40-gallon habitat, incandescent heat lamp bulbs to simulate different times of day, humidity/temperature gauges and more. It’s like a mansion for reptiles!

Make Your Pets Feel Right at Home

Your bearded dragon is counting on you to make moving day a breeze. Luckily, you don’t have to drive through your neighborhood hunting for sale signs in front yards — just visit the nearest Pet Supermarket. Here, you’ll find everything you need to make your scaly friend feel right at home, from heat lamps and basking rock options to live insects and other tasty treats.

Have other pets? Don’t let them feel left out. We have plenty of beds, toys and accessories for cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs, ferrets and any other habitat you want to create. 

Ready to become your bearded dragon’s personal architect and interior designer? Head to your local Pet Supermarket today to find everything you and your scaly (or furry!) friends could ever need.

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