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At full size (12 to 18 months) a bearded dragon is an adult.

Bearded Dragons needs a warm area reaching 95-100 degrees during the day and cooling to 70 degrees over night. The enclosure should have a warm side and a cool side so the dragon can move to regulate body temperature. This is best accomplished using a heat pad under half the cage floor. Never use a heat rock as many dragons have burned themselves on these


All bearded dragons love to bask in warm light. Sunshine has vitamins a beardie needs to grow and live. If the dragon cannot be exposed to natural light a UV light bulb will provide these. Under this light a basking area should be provided. This can be rocks or branches, something the dragon can climb on. The light and basking area should be on the warm side of the cage.


Adult dragons can be 16 to 25 inches head to tail. They need room to move and live. A single dragon needs at least a 30 gallon breeder tank (3 feet wide by 2 feet deep by 2 feet high). A secure cage top is always a good idea with any animal, to prevent escapes.


Adult dragons are no longer growing. Until they reach their full size beardies need daily feedings. Now an adult a dragon will need medium or large crickets 2 or 3 times a week and a good serving of fine veggies every day. This can included spinach, parsley, carrot, zucchini, radish, and green leaf lettuce (NOT ICEBERG). Crickets should always be dusted with a calcium and vitamin supplement (available at your local pet store). An adult dragon’s diet should be about 30% crickets and 70% veggies. Also, water should be placed in a bowl and changed daily. Water and food should be placed on the cool side of the cage.

Recommended Reading

Your Bearded Dragons Life – by Liz Palika
The Bearded Dragon Manual – by Vosjoli, Mailloux, Donoghue, Klingenberg, Cole

Download Adult Care Sheet
Juvenile Care Sheet        Babies Care Sheet
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