The Basic Care Guide for Bearded Dragons


The bearded dragon isn’t actually a dragon, neither does it have a beard, but it does have something called a gular fringe that at least looks like a beard. These lizards are found in Australia and are usually found on branches and basking on rocks.

Bearded dragon appearance

Bearded dragons have a gular fringe. These are the spikes found around the collar of a bearded dragon. And what gives the bearded it’s name? Bearded dragons will flare their skin around their neck called a gular pouch. When they do, it looks almost like they have a beard because of the spikes and they were named “bearded dragons” because of this.

Size of bearded dragon & weight

When they’re hatchlings, they’re usually pretty small at 3-4 inches in length. When they’re juveniles they’re about 8-23 inches long and when they’re full grown they are usually about 12-24 inches long and can weight about 10-17 ounces. This may not be the perfect way to predict how big your lizard will grow as there are multiple factors for a lizard to be a certain size or weight, but it could give you at least an idea of how long these lizards are.

Recommended terrarium size for bearded dragons

A lot of bearded dragon keepers recommend a terrarium called a vivarium. A vivarium is like a terrarium, yet the environment is monitored daily. Here’s a small chart for the recommended vivarium size.


Babies (3-4″) –   about 10-20 gallons

Juveniles (10-16″) – About 40 gallons

Small adults (16-20″) About 75 gallons

Large adults (longer than 20″) About 100-120 gallons

Recommended diet for bearded dragons

All bearded dragons should have some insects (such as hornworms, silkworms, superworms, and black soldier fly larvae) as well as vegetables such as orange and yellow colored vegetables and leafy greens. When your bearded dragon is young, try to feed it more insects than vegetables as young beardies will grow faster. When your lizard is older, more vegetables and less insects are recommended.


It is recommended to give these lizards calcium powder mixed with vitamin D. You can dust your bearded dragons insects or vegetables, whichever you prefer.


Bearded dragons enjoy both a basking side and a cool side and in the chart below, it will show you the temperatures recommended for the two sides.


Basking side – 95-105F or 35-40C

Cool side -80F or 26C


A UVB light should cover about 2/3-3/4 of the terrarium and should be replaced about every 6-12 months.  Remember, this light needs to be at a certain fixture. Your bearded dragon will also need a basking light, a light for the cool zone as well as a area heated by a lamp for night. Feel free to read this article to get more in depth.

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How To Take Care Of Your Leopard Gecko

Leopard Geckos are amazing little lizards and would be considered a good reptile for beginners. In this post, I’ll share a little about caring for these amazing creatures.

Terrarium Size

Leopard Geckos do best in a 10-20 gallon terrarium. If the tank is too big, your leopard gecko can get stressed, especially baby Leopard Geckos.

If you’re not breeding Leopard Geckos, you shouldn’t have ANY Terrarium mates. If you have a male Leopard Gecko and you get another male Leopard Gecko and put it in the same terrarium they very well could fight, and that isn’t good.

Terrarium Environment

It’s best to have a cool section, a moist section, and a warm section. Make sure you have a hide (A hide is a  place where your Leopard Gecko can hide) for every section, for example, if your Leopard Gecko is going to shed his or her skin, they can go to the moist section or hide and shed. Without a moist section, your Leopard Gecko can have serious issues with shedding their skin. Also, you should have Eco-earth as a substrate (substrate is something that covers the floor of the tank or terrarium).  Keep in mind that calcium sand is NOT a good substrate at all. Learn more about how Calcium sand and other sand substrates can possibly kill your Leopard Gecko by clicking here.

Terrarium Temperature

Again you should have only one section of the terrarium warm, one section moist and one section warm. The warm section should have a temperature of 86-94F/30-34C, the moist section 78-84F/25-28C, and the cool section 86-84/25-28C.

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  • Make sure you have a water bowl shallow enough so if the bugs get in the bowl they can get out. Also, make sure you have a calcium bowl. Feel free to use a water bottle cap for the calcium powder. Just make sure it’s kept dry and free from any bacteria.
  • It’s recommended that you also dust every insect you feed them with calcium powder, vitamin powder, and also gut load the insects before you feed them to your Leopard Gecko.  them so you can keep your Leopard Gecko nice and healthy.

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