What to Buy
Before buying a Bearded Dragon (or any pet for that matter), it is crucial to be prepared. In other words, for a Bearded Dragon, make sure you have everything you need before bringing it home. With that said, here is a quick guide to give you an idea of what you may need to buy. If you need more in-depth information on care, then please visit our care sheet. Thank you!
For Baby Bearded Dragons
In summary, you will need an enclosure, proper lighting, safe substrate, a temperature reader, live food, staple greens, calcium with D3, multivitamins, accessories such as a food or water dish, and tank decorations such as sticks, rocks, caves, hammocks, etc.
20 gallon terrarium (ideal size)
18" Reptisun 10.0 T5 HO UVB bulb
20" Reptisun 10.0 T5 HO hood
50 or 75w Zoo Med basking spot bulb
Deluxe porcelain clamp lamp fixture
Digital thermometer or temp gun
Safe substrate (e.g. paper towels)
Dubia roaches or phoenix worms
Turnip, mustard, or collard greens
Rep-Cal calcium with D3
Food and water dish
A cave/hide (provides a hiding place)
Decorations (sticks, rocks, etc)
A mister (a method for providing water)
Ceramic heat emitter (only if night temp is below 65F)
For Adult Bearded Dragons
The main difference here would be a bigger enclosure. Also, since the enclosure size is increasing, so will the legnth of the UVB bulb since it should always span 2/3rd the enclosure. In addition, a higher wattage heat bulb will probably be required to provide the right temperature range (95-110F). Aside from that, the what to buy list is the same as a baby Bearded Dragon.
40 gallon+ terrarium (or custom).
22" Reptisun 10.0 T5 HO UVB bulb
30" Reptisun 10.0 T5 HO hood
I do not suggest the following for Bearded Dragons since they can be dangerous.
Loose substrate (e.g. sand)
Heat rocks or under tank heaters
Colored heat bulbs (red for example)
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