Common Name | Bearded Dragon
Scientific Name | Pogona Vitticeps
Also Know As | Central Bearded Dragon, Eastern Bearded Dragon
Life Expectancy | 10-12 years, 15+ has been reported
Typical Size | 18 to 24+ inches for fully grown bearded dragons
Color | Naturally Bearded Dragons have a sandy tan coloring with shades both lighter and dark making up their patterns. Many breeders have created what the community typically refers to as “morphs” which feature an amazing and ever growing range of coloration. From Translucents which lack white pigment and Hypos which lack black pigment. There are also red, orange and yellow morphs as well as highly colored purple, blue and white colored dragons. More “morphs” are bred every year.
Appearance | Triangular headed lizard with long but low body distribution and a typically spiky appearing armor on its back and more prominently sides and beard. Known for the patch of skin under their necks which appear like beards, especially when in full display. Sits up almost like a bulldog, the tail is nearly as long as the rest of its body.
Cage Requirements | 40 Gallon Breeder sized minimal or 4′ wide by 2′ tall by 18″ deep
Heat Lamp Requirements | 90-120 watt heat bulb (basking temp about 100 degrees)
UV Light Requirements | Enough to cover 3/4 of enclosure, UVB bulb 24″ away or less
Night Lamp | Optional tinted night lamps provide an excellent source of heat at night
Heat Source | Heat Rock or Under-tank Heater to maintain a night temp of 80 degrees
Temperature Range | Bearded dragons require an enclosure with a cool and hot side. The temperatures should range from 80 degrees up to at most 110 degrees. This allows the dragon to choose a location to suit its needs in order to maintain their temperature.
Basking Temperature | 110 degrees at most
Humidity Control | Maintain a humidity level of 40 to 60% (read with a hygrometer)
Common Substrates | Sand, soils, paper towels, newspaper, store bought preparations
Substrates to Avoid | Gravel, rodent bedding, toxic or impassible materials
Decor | Large rocks, branches, logs, fake plants, caves
Decor to Avoid | Small gravel, live plants that may be toxic, hazardous objects
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