Bearded dragons can make ideal pets for first-time reptile owners. With proper care and nutrition, they can live for 10 years or more.
The original habitat of Bearded Dragons is the warm, dry environment of desert regions. You can create a similar environment by using a 40-gallon tank or a more spacious glass terrarium with a screened lid.
The enclosure should have a temperature gradient, one side being the basking area, and a cooler side. These differences in temperature will help your pet reptile regulate its body temperature. Also, remember that temperature within the enclosure should vary between daytime and nighttime hours. You will need at least two thermometers (one for each side) and a hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels.
The basking area should be the warmest spot in the enclosure during the day. You can use a high-wattage bulb (basking lamp) as a source of heat. The basking light should be turned off during the evening hours.
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