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Woodhouse Lane, Botley, Southampton SO30 2EZ
Tel. 01489 789300
In association with South Coast Constrictors
Phyllomedusa bicolor
Phyllomedusa bicolor

Care Sheet

Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)


Common names: Bearded Dragon

Size: 40-60cm is average.

Age: Up to 15 years.

Difficulty: Low, they make great pets due to relatively small size and easy husbandry.

Temperature: Ambient of 75-90°F, with a basking spot of 105-110°F.

Humidity: Low. Water needs to be changed everyday.

Housing: 120x45x45 (4ft) wooden vivarium is perfectly adequate for an adult Bearded Dragon.

Heating: Wooden vivariums or similar housing should be space heated using bulbs, ceramic heaters or heat plates.

The three most important things to remember when heating any enclosure are:

  • Ensure the animal cannot burn itself with the correct fitting of the heat source and protecting it with a guard.
  • Choose the appropriate wattage for the size enclosure. This can help further reduce the risk burns and overheating (it can also help save energy!)
  • Always using an appropriate thermostat. (Refer to Thermostat Guide)

Lighting: 10-12% UVB

Substrate: Desert Bedding is a widely used medium for keeping Bearded Dragons on. However Desert Sand and wood chip can also be used. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as hygienic flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.

Diet: Locusts, crickets, mealworms, fresh greens, occasionally pinkies and wax worms.

Natural Distribution: Central Australia.

Things to note: Bearded Dragons are commonly regarded to be one of the best pet species.