Bearded Dragon’s Vivarium: Basics

Basic information about their enclosure (Bearded Dragon’s Vivarium).


Bearded Dragon vivariums

A Bearded Dragon are enclosed in wooden vivariums with sliding glass panels so that your able to enter the vivarium. In England I strongly recommend you buy an vivexotic vivarium measuring 1220mm (length) by 470mm (depth) by 525mm (height). I brought mine from an ebay user which was the cheapest supplier of that size vivariums.

Heating and Lighting

Your Bearded Dragon usually lives in Australia where the generally temperature is very hot. These means that a vivarium in cooler countries will need a basking bulb. I usually use a ceramic bulb 120w which in my experience is better than the standard glass bulbs. As well these ceramic bulbs heat better also the wave pattern help your bearded dragon repair its scales vessels. I strongly recommend using exo-Terra Ceramic Heat Wave Reptile Basking Lamp 120w for bearded dragon for the basking spot. The basking spot should be between 90 to 100 Fahrenheit during the day and around 60 to 70 Fahrenheit during the night. You will also need a timer so that in the summer season they will have 12 hours of basking heat and during the winter they will need 8 hours of basking heat.

You will also need to buy a UV tube. I personally recommend you buy a exo-terra repti-glo 10.0 UVB tubes measuring 36 inch for the vivarium measuring 220mm (length) by 470mm (depth) by 525mm (height). As you Bearded Dragon doesn’t get sunlight you need a UV to create the sun. This also need to be on a timer set the same hours as the basking bulb.

Controlling the Basking Bulb.

When having Bearded Dragons you use a basking bulb but you need to be able to control it and set it to around 90-100 Fahrenheit in the basking spot. To do this you will need a habistat with a dimming thermostat. I do recommend you use Living Earth electronic : dimming thermostat habistat. I also recommend that you have this on a timer from 7:00am to 7:00 for summer but in the winter you need to cut down from 12 hours of heat to 8 hours of heat. This is to create winter and summer seasons which is most important as if they don’t slow down you can cause internal damage and younger age death.

Feeding and watering dishes

In my Bearded Dragon vivarium I have a food dish and a water dish. I currently use Exo-terra medium feeding dish and an exo-terra medium water dish. If not using a water dish you will need to spray your bearded dragon every day twice and a bath every weekend. You can buy these dishes from your local reptile store and I brought mine from ebay.

Basking bulb fitting.

You will also need a basking bulb fitting in which the bulb fits into correctly. This is the power for the bulb and also hold the bulb in positions once set. I currently using ARCADIA CERAMIC LAMP HOLDER AND BRACKET which is really easy to fit. As well the bulbs are able to screw in and unscrew really quickly.


UV tube starter unit

You will also need a UV starter unit that power the UV tube, it also has the on and switch. I currently have my starter unit for the UV plugged into a timer so that it turns on and off at set times. This means you don’t forget to turn it on or off. I’am currently using a Arcadia starter unit 25 to 30 watt for a 36” repti- glo 10.0 UV tube.

Substrate for a Bearded Dragon vivarium

There are many different options for Bearded Dragon substrate for their vivarium. If it’s a baby bearded dragon I recommend you use a substrate that the store was using as it all ready know the texture but must not use it if your bearded dragon is eating it. The other option is slate or any form of tiles due to your bearded dragon is unlikely to consume the tile and very easy to clean. The tiles also help wear down your bearded dragon nails slowly prevent sharp claws.

I currently using chipsi mais corn of corn which is great as it adsorbs any liquid it gets into contact with and dry clumpy so that your able to just remove that area .

Décor for your bearded Dragon vivarium

In terms for décor for your Bearded Dragon vivariums it’s up to you really. The new fashion seems to be the polystyrene covered in sand. To find out more I recommend you read reptile forum post of other who have done it.

I currently using dried drift wood and piping which part I’ve berried to make it interesting for them. My male mostly like cooling down in the pipes the most. Make sure that the pipe has enough width for them to turn around.