Bearded dragon care sheet

Bearded dragon care sheet

Bearded dragons are native to the arid, desert areas of Australia. Humidity in these areas ranges between 20-70 %. During the dry season, humidity averages 30%. During the wet season, humidity can sometimes average close to 70% (40% is the all-around average humidity).
Humidity for dragons in captivity should range between 25-40% with occasional or nighttime spikes into the 50-60% range being ok. See available bearded dragons.

What can I do to lower the humidity in my bearded dragon’s habitat?

Always make sure the cage is kept clean so no ammonia or gasses can build up and then keep the enclosure open as much as possible / or keep a wire top so that the air can circulate freely this will lower the humidity and keep the air free of gasses / toxic products. Additionally, you can use the smallest water dish possible for your bearded dragon’s needs. Placing the water dish away from the basking light can also help reduce evaporation and humidity. 

How close should the basking light be to my bearded dragon?

Bearded dragons need an 8 to 10 percent output of UVB rays, which should be marked on the bulb packaging. These bulbs are to be placed overhead and no more than 10 inches from where your beardie can sit or climb to soak in the rays. Allow at least a 30 cm / 12″ distance between the lamp and basking surface to prevent direct contact with the Bearded dragon.

2 types of light are needed for dragons of any age: Basking (heat) light & UVB light.
THE BASKING LIGHT provides heat so a dragon can maintain its ideal body temperature and digest food. You can use a reptile basking light like a ‘Zoo Med Repti Basking Reptile Spot Lamp’ or a halogen flood bulb (not LED ones). Look for good quality household flood reflector-type bulbs (with at least a 30-degree flood beam). Make sure to have a proper fixture with a ceramic socket that can handle the wattage of the bulb you are using. A light dimmer is always a handy tool to help regulate basking temps.
UVB LIGHTING is needed by bearded dragons for them to produce pre-vitamin D3 to process and absorb calcium. The recommended UVB light needed for this is a tube UVB fixture/bulb (coil and mercury vapour bulbs are not recommended as they do not provide complete UVB exposure over the entire surface area). A T8 or T5 light fixture can be used for bearded dragons. The T8 needs to be mounted inside the tank or a T5 can be set on top of the screen on the outside of the tank. (NOTE: What is the difference between T5 and T8 lamps? This refers to the size/diameter of the bulb itself. T5 lamps have a miniature bi-pin base while T8 and T12 lamps use a medium bi-pin base.) The proper bulb is either a ‘Zoo Med T8 ReptiSun 10.0 UVB’ or an ‘Arcadia 12% UVB Desert Reptile Bulb’ (Note: What does 10.0 or 12% refer to? This is the UVB level output of the bulb). Make sure the bulb corresponds correctly with its T5 or T8 fixture.
UVB strength lessens with time so T8 bulbs should be replaced every 4-5 months. T5 bulbs should be replaced every 10-12 months. NOTE: After consulting with my herp vet, he recommended UVB LIGHTING BE REPLACED EVERY 4 MONTHS for T8 and MVB bulbs. Extensive testing was done at the Chattanooga TN Aquarium and they came back with 2 very important results: 1. The first 48 hours of a new UVB bulb puts out A LOT of UVB and can actually be dangerous for a reptile or amphibian. After 48 hrs, the UVB output goes down to safe levels. 2. T8/MVB UVB bulbs should be replaced after 4 months because the output of UVB is minimal to non-existent anywhere after 3 months.
LIGHTING SCHEDULE: A proper lighting schedule should mimic a natural day and night time cycle. Keeping lights on for 12 hours a day and off for 12 hours is recommended. There should be no lights on at night.
TEMPERATURES: Bearded dragons require a temp gradient in the tank for them to properly regulate their internal body temperature. The tank should have a warm side ambient temp of 85-95F (30-35C), an opposite cool side ambient temp between 75-80F(24-26C). The basking spot will be on the warm side of the tank and basking spot temps should read as follows: Baby: 100-110F (38-44C) Juvenile/Adult: 95- 105F (35-40.5C) At night bearded dragons should have a cooling-off period. Night temps in the low 70s (21c) are ideal. If temps drop below 65F (18C) at night, a ceramic heat emitter bulb (CHE) may be used to provide temps above 65F. These bulbs do not produce any light, only heat. Coloured bulbs should NEVER be used at any time.

What can I do to lower the humidity in my bearded dragon’s habitat?
Bearded dragons are native to the arid, desert areas of Australia. Humidity in these areas ranges between 20-70 %. During the dry season, humidity averages 30%. During the wet season, humidity can sometimes average close to 70% (40% is the all-around average humidity).
Humidity for dragons in captivity should range between 25-40% with occasional or nighttime spikes into the 50-60% range being ok.
Along with improper husbandry, high humidity can cause a multitude of health problems for a bearded dragon including the growth of bacteria in the vivarium and higher chances of respiratory infections.
If you live in a naturally humid area and have some trouble maintaining ideal humidity, here are some pointers that may come in handy:
1. Good ventilation provides adequate airflow to reduce humidity. Try using a small fan to get air circulation going
2. Large water dishes will cause increased humidity levels. Either remove dishes or try using a smaller water dish (kept on the cooler side of the tank) for your dragon
3. Soil substrates are not recommended as they cause humidity levels to rise. They also harbour bacteria, which can cause impaction and/or eye infections in bearded dragons
4. Keeping a sock filled with uncooked rice in the tank will help reduce humidity
5. A dehumidifier is also helpful. Room dehumidifiers can be expensive. There are smaller dehumidifiers that can go directly into the tank and are rechargeable for about $12-20.
6. A good digital humidity gauge is recommended to keep monitoring humidity levels. These can be purchased for about $10 at most home improvement stores. 

Bearded dragon temperature (Bearded dragon care sheet)

bearded dragon temperature

The tank should have a warm side with a basking spot temperature between
100-110F (measured with a temp gun). The cool side of the tank should be 75-82 (measured
with a digital thermometer). Night temps in the low 70s are ideal. If temps drop below 65F at
night, a ceramic heat emitter bulb (CHE) may be used to provide temps above 65F.


Believe it or not,  actual arm waiving takes place, a female lifts her front leg in the air and “waves” it as a submissive gesture. A spiny “beard” from which the lizard gets its common name the “bearded” dragon also is shown most of the time.  Beardies also do this when scared or alarmed.  Captive-bred and well cared for beardies do not do this often, or at all.  Also, you may see them do this when feeding, though it is not typical.  Lastly, sometimes baby bearded dragons for sale can be a tad flighty at first.  Once they calm down, they quickly can become tame relaxed pet lizards that are very rewarding to own!

why bearded dragon scratch at glass?

Bearded dragon for sale

Here at Morphscentral, We put in the best breeding practices just so our customers have healthy, captive-bred bearded dragons who will strive with less effort in new homes. We have a variety of morphs so, at any point in the year, we should have something for you. Shipping will add up depending on where you are located in the united states. We use fedex overnight delivery when shipping our reptiles. We are experts and always have your new “guy” arrive safe without any stress.

What animals do bearded dragons get along with?

Yes, bearded dragons do get along well with other household pets such as cats and dogs. They are usually quite placid and often show signs of affection towards both humans and other animals

Can you put 2 baby bearded dragons together

Even baby bearded dragons tend to be competitive and can injure each other, so it’s not recommended to keep them together for too long. Aim to separate baby bearded dragons once they turn 2-4 weeks old.

How do you tell if a bearded dragon is a boy or girl

Whether you’ve recently adopted a new bearded dragon or experienced the birth of a group of hatchlings, one thing is for sure, you’re probably at least a little curious about figuring out the gender(s) of your new pet(s)!

And although a little bit tricky to figure out for new owners, determining the sex of a bearded dragon is actually quite easy if you know what to look for.

With several physical differences between males and females, you may be surprised to learn how even the most-subtle of physical traits can determine whether your pet is male or female!

So, just keep reading to discover how you can determine the sex of your bearded dragon instantly and accurately! Here is a detailed comparison between a fancy and wild bearded dragon.

How Old Does a Bearded Dragon Have to Be to Tell its Gender? 

Before we dive into discussing what differences to look for between female and male bearded dragons, it is important to understand that determining the sex of your bearded dragon is only possible once they reach a certain age.

For instance, it is virtually impossible to tell the age of hatchlings below 4 weeks.

Sure, you can guess… but it’s honestly just a 50/50 chance of being right.

Now, some people claim you can tell the gender once a dragon reaches around 8 weeks old and this may be true under the right circumstances (i.e. when a reptile expert is involved), but, typically you’re going to have to wait until 5 to 6 months to be able to make any reliable, educated guess at the gender.


Well, this is when a bearded dragon’s body started more clearly developing signs of the hemipenal bulges, discussed below.

Now, you might be able to decipher the gender before 5 to 6 months, especially if you’re an experienced owner or breeder.

However, most first-time owners will be able to most clearly determine gender around the 6 month-mark, give or take a month

How Can You Tell How Old Your Bearded Dragon Is?

The hemipenal bulges on a male bearded dragon will be two bulges, one on each side of the tail following the vent. The hemipenal bulges on a female bearded dragon will be one single bulge in the center of the tail following the vent.

How often should you hold your bearded dragon?

 You can hold your bearded dragon for as long as it will tolerate being held. Start with 15 minutes once a day and as it gets used to being handled, you can hold it longer. Some dragons enjoy being held several times a day for several hours. When the bearded dragon becomes restless, it is time to put him back

What is a bearded dragon’s favorite thing to do

Most bearded dragons love playing around in the water. It’s a great way for them to have some fun while also getting hydrated. A large plastic storage bin that is at least twice as long as your bearded dragon makes for a perfect swimming hole. A small kiddie pool works well, too

Bathing The Bearded Dragon

Just using fresh tap water that has been dechlorinated will suffice. At this point, you can gently splash water on your bearded dragon. … Let the bearded dragon soak in the water for at least 15 to 20 minutes. This will give it a good soaking which will help the skin, especially when shedding.


Bearded hatchlings measure about 4 to 5 inches including tail. Once fully mature, large adult bearded dragons for sale can be reached 2 feet in overall length.  A larger but docile lizard, the bearded dragon, once fully mature can make an impressive pet lizard.  Handling your baby bearded dragon early and often before it is a full-grown adult is a good idea.

Handle your baby bearded dragon while they are young

Once the bearded dragons are full size you will be happy you handled them while small.  Bearded dragons size also depends a bit on genetics.  Some bearded dragon morphs may end up growing larger than others.


The average lifespan of the bearded dragon lizard in the wild is between six and 10 years.  However, there are reports of specimens living twice that long in captivity, when well cared for.  If you want your beardie to live a long happy life, the key is the proper habitat and diet.  Inclusive is all the parameters within that habitat. Temperature, humidity, substrate, lighting, feeding and supplements all play a major role answering the question, just how long does a bearded dragon live?


While a hatchling bearded dragon for sale could live in a 20-gallon aquarium for a short time, it will quickly need a larger bearded dragon habitat. A 75-gallon aquarium / fish tank or equal-sized enclosure will work for up to two adult  bearded dragons for sale. Screening the top of your habitat will help with ventilation.  This should be done whether as a top on an aquarium enclosure or any other type of habitat used so air flow is acheived.  We use custom enclosures here at MORPHSCENTRAL for all of our bearded dragon breeders.

During warm weather, both baby and adult bearded dragons can be kept in outdoor cages. Be sure the outdoor enclosure provides both sunny basking areas and shady areas to hide in.  Also provide some type of shelter from the rain, other elements and birds.

Best recommended substrates for your enclosures

You wouldn’t want your bearded dragon to live on a bare glass floor, so you need to add some type of substrate. The best substrate depends on your experience level and budget. A substrate we highly recommend for beginners is Reptile Cage Carpet or newspaper.

Cage Carpet is relatively inexpensive and easy to clean. Newspaper is even more inexpensive, easy to clean, and very safe to use, but should be replaced once a day.

Try to avoid using the sand type substrates for baby and juvenile bearded dragons. Loose particle substrates can lead to digestive blockages (called impaction) when swallowed. Impaction is a common culprit of death with pet bearded dragons.

Make sure to add a basking perch that is large enough for your bearded dragon to climb on and is stable. You don’t want the perch to fall over causing injury. Pieces of driftwood, grape vine, and rocks provide very good basking perches.

Avoid using live plants as bearded dragons will eat them. It’s best to use fake plants for decor.

Also, provide your bearded dragon with an ample hide box. Stress may occur if left out in the wide open all the time. Bearded dragons need a place to hide during times when they feel unsafe.

Bearded dragon diet

You will need to supply adequate food and water bowls for feeding your bearded dragon. It’s best to use shallow bowls so baby bearded dragons can see and reach the food, and to prevent any drowning accidents with water bowls.

Bearded Dragon Feeding Dish

There are some very attractive bowls you can use at most pet stores, but any shallow bowl will work just fine.

You want to locate the food and water bowls away from the basking area of the terrarium to prevent the food from spoiling quickly.