When we build a home we take into consideration many different factors. So we must for our pets home, and our dragon is no exception. In order for him to be as comfortable as possible we need to make it as natural as possible.
One of the considerations, possibly the most important, is the size of the enclosure. This is determined by the age and size of our bearded dragon. For the baby dragon, hatchlings, a 15 gallon or 60 litre an enclosure will be the correct size, but much too small for a juvenile or adult. A 30 to 50 gallon or 200 to 250 litre enclosure is more appropriate for them.
For a baby bearded dragon an enclosure that is too large could result in the baby starving to death or at the least not develop adequately as there is too much ‘hop space’ for the live crickets. The baby will be too slow and will be unable to catch them and thus spend too much energy catching his food instead of growing.
An adult in a small enclosure will become fat and lazy and suffer from stress. The small enclosure does not allow for sufficient exercise, as with all creatures we are made to move. The small enclosure does not allow for the bearded dragon to hide. They generally have a spot that they feel more secure in.
Every home has to have the correct furniture and your bearded dragons home is no different. The enclosure cannot remain bare as your dragon will not get any exercise and will not have a place to hide and relax. The basics are a sturdy hide box and climbing structures. These can be purchased from a pet shop.
Ordinary household items, such as pieces of wood can be used to make things such as hide