Best Complete Bearded Dragon Terrarium On A Budget: $140

Bearded Dragon TerrariumIf you are a beginner when it comes to bearded dragons and you are looking for a cheap starter bearded dragon terrarium now, you should definitely check out what I have compiled here for you.

I know that it can be quite hard to set up your first terrarium right, that is why I have done this for you. This terrarium is complete and ready for your baby bearded dragon.

If you are interested in a complete terrarium for adult bearded dragons, click here!

This terrarium is for people who want to get a baby bearded dragon and need a cheap first baby tank for their new friend.

Best terrarium on a tight budget

I know that a lot of people can´t immediately spend a lot of money on a bearded dragon tank, but want a bearded dragon really bad. Many of those people buy low quality tanks then and lose their dragon because of that.

So if you want a dragon badly, but can´t afford a more expensive tank, don´t worry. This tank is absolutely fine for your baby bearded dragon and it will be great for the first months.

Enclosure for baby bearded dragons on a $140 Budget

 

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Final Price: $147.39

Last Update: 22.01.2016

Details


This terrarium is pretty well put together and you are going to have no problems with this cage for your baby bearded dragon.

The Tank

The tank is an all-glass tank with a screened top. This is very important, because you have to put your lighting on the top of the cage and you want to prevent other animals from getting into the cage. Further you want to have a screened top for fresh air inside the tank.

The tank measures 24 inches long by 12 inches wide and 16 inches tall. For a new reptile tank this 20 gallon tank is very cheap and has the right size for your baby bearded dragon.

Further this all-glass tank has a very positive Amazon rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars. So you can´t do anything wrong with this tank.

The lighting

Especially for beginners setting up the right lighting for your bearded dragon cage can be very hard and that is where most beginners fail in the beginning. When I was a beginner I got a completely wrong lighting. However the lights I have chosen for you are definitely a great choice.

The ZooMed ReptiSun 10.0

The Zoo Med ReptiSun 10.0 is the best of the best when it comes to UVB bulbs. In fact most bearded dragon breeders and pet shops use this light, because it is just awesome. It has a high UVB output and this bulb is also recommended for use above the screencover. The screencover can filter out up to 50% of the UVB wavelenths, but for this bulb that´s no problem.

You can find hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon of the Zoo Med ReptiSun 10.0. People think this bulb is phenomenal and a must have for reptile owner and I think the same here. Your bearded dragons will show their best natural behavior with this bulb and you won´have any problems regarding metabolic bone disease.

The bulb also provides a good looking light. Light is very important for your bearded dragon, you do not want to have a tank which is almost dark.

I really believe in this product and I am not the only one who thinks that this is the best UVB/UVA light. This bulb has 121 reviews on Amazon and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars speaks for itself.

At the moment the Zoo Med ReptiSun costs around 20 bucks, which is a steal! There are a lot of more expensive UVB bulbs out there which do not provide a good light and are not nearly efficient as the Zoo Med ReptiSun.

Further the ZooMed ReptiSun can also be used for bigger tanks. The UVB output of this bulb is high enough for that.

Note: The UVB Output of such bulbs decrease over time. Make sure that you change the bulb every 6 months.

Light Fixture for ReptiSun

The light fixture I recommend is more high quality then the light fixtures of the common manufacturers in the reptile scene. Besides that it is way cheaper than all the other light fixtures. $12 for this fixture is an awesome price.

The fixture comes with a wired ungrounded plug and with a pre-installed bulb. Before you remove the pre-installed bulb, test the fixture first so you do not have to test it with your ReptiSun.

The entire fixture is made of plastic, which is good, since it means that the fixture is light weight. You have to place the fixture on the screencover of your tank and you do not want to place a heavy fixture on it.

Of course this product also has a lot of positive reviews on Amazon and a very high rating. It has 256 customer reviews and 4.2 out of 5 stars. This is another awesome product.

Note: You have to be an Amazon Prime Member to purchase this fixture. You can simply test the Amazon Prime membership for free for 30 days, so you can get this fixture. If you do not want to stay a Prime member, simply cancel it within the 30 days. This way you get this awesome fixture quickly and you do not have to pay a dollar for Prime :)

If you do not want to do that, you can also use the fixture below. It is more expensive then the one I recommend, but it does the job as well!
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Heating bulb

There is not really much to say about the heating bulb. You can´t really do anything wrong with this. It is a simple 100W incandescent bulb which provide warmth and a lot of light.

You do not have to buy the expensive “reptile heating lamps”. This is just BS, most of the reptile heating lamps are really bad, they are expensive as hell, many of them burn out within two weeks and do not provide a good looking light.

The light of the light bulb I recommend is white, which is very important in my opinion, since bearded dragons do not so well with other types of light. Further this is a 4-Pack, so if one burns out, you can use one of the three other bulbs which you have in reserve. If you want to set up a bigger tank when your bearded dragon gets bigger, you can simply use this bulb again, since the 100W bulb is great for any tank size.

If it is too warm, hang the bulb a little higher above the tank. If the temperature is too low, simply raise the basking spot in your terrarium.

The light bulb has 301 customer reviews on Amazon so far and it has 4 out of 5 stars.

Zoo Med Clamp Lamp fixture

The fixture for the heat bulb has a porcelain socket. You can use heating bulbs up to 150W with it. I use this clamp lamp fixture for a very long time and I never had problems with it.

This clamp lamp is the #1 Amazon Best Seller and has a very positive rating. It has 122 customer reviews and a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.

Reptile Cage Carpet

The reptile carpet is made out of absorbent, non-abrasive material. Further it reduces the “reptile” smell. Everyone who smelled a bearded dragon poop knows, that it doesn´t smell like Chanel No. 5 :) so this is really good.

Why carpet? Well, baby bearded dragon tend to lick on everything, since they want to explore the world. Besides that they get really quick and hectic when they see food. If you would use sand as a substrate in your tank, you baby might eat too much sand while hunting crickets. This can cause impaction and many reptiles die from that.

Other people use newspaper or normal paper towel as a substrate. To be honest, I am not even the biggest fan of reptile carpet. I would never use paper towel or newspaper as a substrate. There is a difference between living and existing and I do not want my bearded dragons to only exist.

Reptile carpet will be okay for the first months, if you want to know what substrate I use, simply have a look at this article: Bearded Dragon substrate. (This article opens in a new window, so you can continue to read here after you are done with it.)

The carpet itself is a very good product with a very high rating on Amazon. It has 189 customer reviews and a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Further it is easy to clean. If it is dirty, simply rinse with water and reuse it.

Thermometer

There is really not much to say about the thermometer. It definitely gets the job done and has a high ratingon Amazon. It has 130 customer reviews and a rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars.

Make sure that you place it in your basking spot and in your colder area after that to see if the temperature in your tank is okay.

Of course there are better thermometer than this one, but it is cheap and it works. For your first cheap bearded dragon tank, this is totally fine.

If you want to see which thermometer I really recommend, have a look at this article: Bearded Dragon Lighting.
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Of course you need more

This terrarium is ready for your baby bearded dragon to survive, but it is not really complete. Use stone or something like that to create a basking spot. Maybe create a few caverns with stone, for your baby, so it can hide. Make sure that those caverns are safe and do not collapse. Besides that the hiding place should be on the cold side of the terrarium so the bearded dragon can get away from the heat if it wants to.

Maybe put in a few plants, which bearded dragons are allowed to eat. Use a few big wood sticks where your bearded dragons can climb and lie on. There are a lot of accessories for bearded dragons which you can buy, but for your first tank, you do not really need it. Use what you can find outside, wash it thoroughly with hot water. After it dried place it in your tank.

Create a great home for your bearded dragon, do not just place it in the terrarium and watch it. Make sure it feels comfortable. It is a living being!

What you should know

You should place your tank in a more quite place. Bearded dragons can be very sensitive and especially in the beginning, they need time to get used to their new home. It won´t be good for the mental well-being of your beardie if you place the tank in a more “crowded” and loud place in your house.

Please note that this is a tank for baby bearded dragons. When your dragon gets bigger, you need a bigger tank.

Why this terrarium?

A lot of people ask me why I do not buy used terrariums. Well I did that in the past. Once I bought a used terrarium and did not clean it correctly. My bearded dragon got sick, because the reptile that lived in it before had a disease.

It was my fault, but I would never risk that again. You have to keep in mind that you do not only get a living being and you do not want it to die, because you love it, you also spent a lot of money for a bearded dragon.


So that´s it, I am sure you will be very happy with this terrarium. I wish you a lot of fun with your bearded dragon. Always take good care of it!

Do you have any questions about this bearded dragon terrarium? Simply leave a message in the comment section below. I will answer all of your questions and I always get back to my readers quickly.

All the best,

Pierre

The Ultimate Bearded Dragon Lighting Guide

bearded dragon lightingSetting up a terrarium for your dragon can be very hard if you are a beginner. It is very important that you get the right bearded dragon lighting, but especially lighting is a very complicated topic for beginners. You need the right temperature, UV radiation and so on and so forth.

Before you start reading I want to point out that this is the lighting I recommend, I do not say, that this is the best lighting in the world or whatever. All I say is, that I had a positive experience with the lights I recommend.

What you are going to learn from this article

  • How to choose the right light for your dragon.
  • How to get the right temperature.
  • How to choose the right UV Lighting
  • Further I am going to show you what lighting I use and where you can buy it.
  • What you should not do!

You need light!

There is one mistake most people make when it comes to reptile lighting: They think that that every lighting will spend light and warmth. However that is not the case. Not every lamp will provide warmth and a lot of lamps which provide warmth do not really provide enough light.

However it is extremely important for bearded dragons to get enough light. Why? Well they are from Australia, they are used to get a lot of light and you should always try to create a habitat which is very close to their natural habitat in Australia.

Light stimulates their appetite and it is very important for their mental well-being. Further it should be white light, since bearded dragons do not so well with other types of light. I will show you below which light I use for that.

So other than Hugh Jackman, bearded dragons can´t get too much light.

Get the right UVB Lighting!

Okay I do not want to go too deep into this topic, because in my opinion this can be a very dry subject.

However you should know that bearded dragons need UV lighting to stay healthy. If they do not get UV lighting it will have an huge impact on their behavior and on their mental well-being and they will get sick.

Providing the right UV light prevents metabolic bone disease. It promotes the synthesis of Vitamin D3. Without that, their bones will become soft and that will cause deformation of the bones and so on and so forth.

Sounds ugly, huh? It is!

So here is the lighting I recommend for that plus the fixing, which you are also going to need.
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This lighting does not only provide UVB, it also provides a good looking white light and as I said, you wanna make sure that your bearded dragon gets enough light.

And I am not the only one who thinks that the Repti Sun is awesome. This product has 121 customer reviews on Amazon and it has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Do I need to say more?

This is one of the few UVB lights I really recommend. I would not go with another light than this. The reason for that is very simple. There are UVB lights which cause I problems on bearded dragons, needless to say, that I would never recommend those lights. I do not want to tell you the name of the manufacturer here, because I do not want to get in trouble.

Simply get the Repti Sun, it is a really good UVB light and it is very cheap in my opinion. There are other UVB lights which cost $50 or more, the Repti Sun is much cheaper.

Get the right temperature!

If you want to get the right temperature, you have to know what temperature is good for your dragon. The average temperature in your tank should be around 78-88°F during the day and around 70°F at night.

Besides that you need some very hot spots. Bearded dragons like to lie in the sun on huge stones. Especially in the morning, since they need to get the right body temperature. Those hot spots should have around 95°F – 105°F …yepp that´s hot!

You do not have to buy very expensive reptile heat lamps for that. In fact normal heat lamp from the DIY market is okay. I recommend to go with 100W, but it depends on your tank size. You can also regulate the temperature by hanging the heat lamp a little higher above the tank.

So you can simply use this normal 100W light bulb from Amazon here plus clamp lamp to place it on your terrarium and of course a thermometer so you can see if you get the right temperature. I recommend to go with the ReptiTemp here. Simply point and click to check the temperature :)
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Beside warmth, the light bulb also provides a lot of white light, which is excellent. Besides that it is very cheap.

Why I do not use any reptile heat lamps

There are some good reasons to not use all the reptile heat lamps out there. If you search heating lamps for reptiles in Amazon, you are going to get tons of results for that.

In my opinion, most of those lamps are very bad. First of all they are really expensive. Especially beginners are afraid of doing something wrong and rather take a reptile heat lamp than a normal 100W light bulb. Do not spend your hard earned money on overpriced products like those reptile heat lamps.

Secondly those heat lamps are known for being very short-lived. Many people on Amazon say that those lamps only last a few weeks. I think that is ridiculous.

So, don´t be afraid, just take the normal 100W light bulb with the clamp lamp and everything is going to be alright :)

What you should know

The UVB output of those lamps will decrease over time. I recommend to change the UVB lights every 6 months.

Dragons need 12 hours of light

Bearded dragons need light for around 12 hours, turn the lights off at night. Please make sure that the temperature at night is not below 65°F. That could cause health problems.

Do not use coil lamps

I do not recommend that you use any coil lamps for your terrarium. It is known that those coil lamps cause eye problems for example. I stay away from that completely, no matter if it is a heating lamp, or if it is a UVB lamp.

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What lighting do you use for your bearded dragon? What lighting would you recommend? How often do you change the UVB lights? Tell me about it in the comment section below!

If you have any questions on bearded dragon lighting, leave it in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to help you out!

Cheers,

Pierre

Bearded Dragon Substrate: This Is The Best

Bearded Dragon SubstrateBefore your read this article on bearded dragon substrate I want to point out, that the substrate I am going to show you is the best in my opinion. I do not say that it is the best in the world, I only tell you what I think. Let´s be honest, the best substrate you can find for your bearded dragon is out in the wild of Australia. Alright, hope you enjoy this article and I hope I can help you with it :)

There are a lot of totally different opinions when it comes to substrate for dragons (and for many other desert dweller). Needless to say that the substrate should be similar to the ground in the natural habitat of the bearded dragons. The terrarium should contain a layer of substrate of about 7 inches. However you can form small hills here and there and have a little less substrate in some places of the cage.

Do not do that!

I think before I tell you what substrate I use, I should tell you what not to do. Why? Well, I have seen a lot of bearded dragon videos and videos of other reptiles on Youtube and I was shocked!

I was shocked that so many people just buy a fish tank for their bearded dragon, put a few paper towels in there or even newspaper and that´s it. Why? There is no excuse for that. A lot of people say that bearded dragons might eat too much sand, if sand is used as a substrate, and die from that.

Well first of all, that is not completely true. Baby bearded dragons tend to lick on everything, since they want to explore everything. It can happen that they eat sand while doing this and then they can become constipaded and die from that. Adult bearded dragons, however, do not lick on everything. There is no real danger for them if you do not use sand which is mixed with calcium. If it is mixed with calcium your beardie might eat to much of it and become constipaded.

Secondly loose sand is also a very bad substrate. If you only use loose sand and do not give your dragon the possibility to get off the sand, it will cause damage to its joints over time.

Reptile Carpet

To be honest, I am not a fan of reptile carpet. Many people use carpet, because they are afraid that their bearded dragon could die from eating loose substrate. However a carpet is not natural. When it comes to my beardies I like to keep it natural. I want to create a natural habitat for them. Do you think there is carpet in the wild?

Further you have to keep in mind that bearded dragons are passionate diggers. It is their normal behavior and with carpet, they can´t dig. Besides that their nails will get longer and longer if they do not have the possibility to dig.

I only would use carpet for a quarantine tank, or for small beginner terrariums for baby bearded dragons which will be in use for only a few weeks.

You can get carpet here at Amazon.
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Clay Burrowing Substrate

This is the substrate I would go with. I used it several times and I never had problems with it.
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Why do I use it?

  • Bearded dragon can´t become constipated from eating substrate, since the clay gets hard.
  • You can form hills and caves for your dragon.
  • It is very close to a natural habitat.
  • Bearded dragons love to dig, with this substrate they can even dig their own caves. Digging will make your beardie happy and your dragon will never have problems with long nails.
  • No problems with damaged joints because of loose substrate.
  • You can stick plastic plants and branches in this substrate before it dries. This way they will stick in the clay and can´t be knocked over.
  • It will last longer then any other substrate.
  • You can re-arrange it if you wet it down again. That means you always can create a new environment for your pet.
  • It is easy to clean.
  • Cheap and you most probably only have to buy it once, since you can re-arrange it.

How to use it

The substrate comes as sand. You have to mix this substrate with water, after that you can pour it in your terrarium, form ways, tunnels, caves and hills and let it dry. Please note that you will need a little bit more to form hills or something like that.

I like to add a little bit of normal sand to the substrate, in my opinion it will be a little bit more loose when it dries. This way the dragons can continure to dig their own ways and caves.

However other people who just use the clay say, that their reptiles were also able to extend their caves. So you do not have to mix it with a little bit of sand.

Read the instructions on the package to know how much water you need. I like to add a little bit less water than recommended, because it was a little bit too watery for my liking.

How to form caves and tunnels

If you want to from caverns, you need something to hold the shape while it is drying. You can use normal balloons for that and pop them after the clay dried.

I have tested the Cavern Kit for this substrate and for me it was really easy to create some great tunnels and caverns for my beardies.

The Cavern Kit includes:

  • 12 lbs Excavator substrate
  • 7″ Tunnel Tube
  • 5″ Round Balloons (2 pieces)
  • Balloon attachement assembly
  • 10″ shovel
  • Excavator Mixing Bag
  • Full Installation Booklet

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The cavern kit definitely helped me and it worked fine! However you don´t have to buy it.

So I hope this article on bearded dragon substrate helped you. If you use paper towels or newspaper as substrate, please keep in mind, that bearded dragons are diggers. Even if your beardies are fine, there is a difference between only existing and living.

What kind of substrate do you use and why? Would you suggest another substrate? If yes, why? Let´s discuss this in the comment section below, simply leave me your message and I will get back to you!

If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I will be more than happy to help you out!

All the best,

Pierre

 

Two-Headed Bearded Dragon Born in England

Two-headed reptiles are not entirely uncommon. They probably happen more often than not. Stephen Evans of Birkenhead in the United Kingdom is lucky enough to have his pair of bearded dragons hatch out a two-headed beardie. Initially Evans thought that he had twins, but when it broke out if its shell he realized that the lizard was a conjoined twin.

He posted a photo of the reptile onto his Facebook page and like most interesting images, it went mini viral in the social sphere. The bearded dragon, named Olaf appears to be like any normal bearded dragon, with the exception that it has two heads. Evans told the Liverpool Echo that it is healthy and strong and hatched out on its own with no assistance from him. The heads move independently and the rest of the lizard moves normally, he said.

Read More: http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Lizards/Information-News/Two-Headed-Bearded-Dragon-Born-in-England/

Related article: https://matthewbonnan.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/bearded-dragon-runs-for-science/