Bearded Dragons are arguably the most popular pet reptile, especially for new reptile owners. While their care is not as much as, say, a dog or a hamster, there are specific habitat and dietary requirements that are crucial to their success. Juvenile Bearded Dragons can be kept in a 10-gallon or a 20L habitat successfully for a short time as they grow. An adult Bearded Dragon should not be kept in less than a 40-gallon or similar sized habitat, allowing them enough space for activity and exercise. Bearded Dragons may bask with their mouths open when they are too hot to allow their body temperatures to cool down, similar to a dog panting.
- The name Bearded Dragon comes from their ability to puff or flare out the skin under their throats, often darkening the skin to a black color, which looks like a beard.
- This is a defense mechanism, making them look more threatening to predators and other animals.
- Incredible pet because of their bonding ability and docile nature
- Great for anyone looking to enter the hobby
- Their curious and social personalities make them a great pet to interact with, whether young or old.
- Scientific name - Pogona vitticeps
Although bearded dragons can often be easy going pets, there are specific habitat and dietary requirements that are important to their health and happiness. Young bearded dragons can be kept in a 10-gallon or a 20-liter habitat as they grow and mature. Once they become an adult, they should not be kept in a habitat that is less than 40-gallons. An appropriately sized habitat will allow them enough space for activity and exercise. Consult our Care Sheet link above before buying a bearded dragon, to find out more about what your pet needs as you support and socialize them.