The habitat that you create will be home for your bearded dragons, where the send almost of their lifetime. Building a bearded dragon cage that meets their entire requirement will ensure they have a healthy and happy life. In order to give them a good home, you will need some basic factors: The cage, the substrate, the lighting system, and the heating system.
What type of enclosure you should use?
Although there are so many types of the cage that you can buy or DIY such as wood and screen materials. But this is not a good cage for your bearded dragon. We recommend you choose a glass or plastic cage.
Glass cage has a reasonable price but not lightweight, have a risk of cracks and break.
Plastic cage takes more cost but good at maintaining heat, more durable, lightweight, easy to clean.
What is the best bedding for bearded dragon?
Substrate or you can know as bedding, this is the material that lines the floor of the cage. You can use paper towels or newspaper as bedding because these things always available, cheap, easy to replace and clean but they look not very attractive.
The important things that substrates you use have to safe, un-irritation with bearded dragon skin and eyes. There are some other bedding that you can try such as vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles, slate, reptile carpets.
Bearded dragon lighting
Ensure that your bearded dragons received enough UV light in their enclosure, especially UVB light. They need UVB to absorb vitamin D3 and utilize calcium within their body, if it not, your pet can suffer from some health problems like bone disease.
Before bringing bearded dragons home, you need to install all the UV light in their cage, learning what is the best bulbs to use, where you should place these bulbs.
The heating systems
Besides lighting, heating is also one of the most important factors in their cage. Because lizards are cold blood animals, they rely on the environment for warmth.
The ideal temperature inside the cage should be80-85 F degrees. It can do down at night. The basking area should be 100-150 F degrees. Depending on your room’s temperature, you may need more than one heating system in the cage.