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Housing

Bearded Dragon Housing

Providing a good home for your bearded dragon is essential in raising a happy and healthy pet. As with all aspects of dragon care, following some simple guidelines can increase your chances of being a successful dragon owner.

There are different options that you can use for housing your bearded dragon in. Each option has it's own strengths and weaknesses. No matter what option you choose, make sure that it provides the essentials that all dragon homes need.

Finding the right home and getting it set up properly could become costly.  It will still take a little bit of money to properly house your new pet.


When looking for a bearded dragon enclosure it's better to get a home that is just bare minimum. A bearded dragon might survive in a bare minimum set up, but it's better to have your dragon thrive.

First Things First

Before you bring your new bearded dragon home, it's good to  have their enclosure set up and ready to go. Make sure that everything is in place, and you have a good heat gradient going. This will give your new friend a warm and cosy place to settle into.

This is important because whether you bring them home from a store or they are shipped to you from a breeder, they will have endured some sort of stress from the journey. This is especially true for younger dragons, like hatchlings.

Providing a home that is safe, warm, and ready will help your new dragon start adjusting as fast as possible.

The Bigger the Better

Providing ample room for your dragon cannot be overstated enough. The bigger the dragons cage, the better they will do. You don't want your dragon to just survive,   you want them to thrive.

I know that last statement was a little corny, but it's true. Of course there are other factors involved in keeping a happy dragon. Providing a big enclosure is not a cure all for other parts of your dragons care.

The bare minimum enclosure size you'll want to have for an adult dragon is 36" x 18" x 18". This is equivalent to a 55-gallon aquarium. Remember that this is the minimum size you'll want to go with.

A preferred size would be 42" x 24" x 18". If you can go a little bigger that's great, but this size should do well. I use a 48" x 20" x 20" cage for my dragons.

Bearded dragons need more floor space than vertical space. Even though dragons like to climb, they will spend quite a bit of time on the floor of their enclosure. Keep this in mind when looking for, or building a cage.

Baby Dragon Exception

There is an exception for hatchlings and dragons less than 6" long. You can temporarily house these guys in a ten to twenty - gallon aquarium. They will quickly outgrow this home within a month, A twenty - gallon long breeder is preferred over a ten gallon tank.

If you don't want to buy an aquarium, you can always use a small plastic carry home box or starter aquarium, These are in-expensive and can be used for a short time, then easily cleaned.

You should never start a dragon off in to bigger enclosure as if it is smaller it helps them to feel safer and more secure as well as making it easier for them to be able to catch their prey at feeding times.

Bearded Dragon Housing Options

The options will vary for your bearded dragons home. You can go as cheap or expensive as you want to. Your cage can be as extravagant and beautiful, or as plain and simple as you would prefer.

There is no one 'best' choice, but many good ones. I say this because your idea of 'best' and my idea of 'best' can be different.

I will give you some information on the different housing options. Then I will leave it to you to decide what will work best for you and your dragon. Just remember to follow the size guidelines on the previous page. Some of your options are:

Aquarium / Tank

A bearded dragon tank is probably the most popular housing option that's used as an enclosure. It's by no means the "best" housing option, but it's far from being the worst.

Using an aquarium (or tank) to house your bearded dragon is a great choice. If you don't have the carpentry skills to build your own cage or can't shell out huge amounts of money for a pre-built custom cage, than this just might be the housing option for you.

I really like aquariums for housing bearded dragons. If done just right, you can make a beautiful desert vivarium in your living room.

There is something that I really like about an all glass dragon cage. I still remember getting ready for my first bearded dragon. I used an aquarium for my first dragons home. Well, only temporarily. I quickly upgraded to building my own cage, but that's another page.

Though I didn't even have a dragon yet, I would turn on the cage lights and stare into the tank. Needless to say, I was very excited about getting my first bearded dragon.

What are the advantages?

Well, there are quite a few advantages of using a bearded dragon tank. I guess the first one is, it's easy to heat. This in itself is a huge advantage.

There are numerous products on the market that are made for heating bearded dragon tanks. Under the tank heaters are the most notable.

These heaters are made specifically for glass aquariums. Try sticking one of those to the bottom of your do-it-yourself cage. It just doesn't work.

There are also reptile lighting hoods made for aquariums that really accent the tank well. These look a whole lot better than just having a dome lamp and cheap florescent fixture sitting on top of a tank. There is nothing wrong with doing that, however. I have done it myself.

A second advantage is being able to see inside the vivarium really well. There is nothing easier to look through than glass, and with a bearded dragon tank the whole thing is glass.

The glass also allows the cage to get light from outside sources. One of the things you don't want is a drab and dreary cage. Not only is a dreary cage unpleasant to look at it directly affects your dragon’s demeanour and health.

There are quite a few dragons that will not eat properly if their cage is not bright and lit properly. Bearded dragons are diurnal and sun loving creatures. They thrive when their homes are brightly lit.

Another advantage is, you can buy an aquarium from just about any pet store. They also come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and there are stands made specifically to set aquariums on.

 Some of the aquarium stands are gorgeous. If you have ever walked through Petsmarts aquarium section, you know what I'm talking about.

They have a huge selection of draw dropping aquariums. While I think most of the aquariums are awesome, I can’t afford most of them.

Even though there are different shapes and sizes of aquariums, we still have to use a size and shape that benefits our dragons. The best tanks are long and wide.

Tall aquariums without enough floor space aren't good choices. Bearded dragons are semi-arboreal and love to run around in their cages.

Cleanliness is yet another feature of using an aquarium. Since they are made of mostly glass or acrylic they are easy to clean and disinfect.

The fact that they are made out of non-porous material makes them great for keeping clean. You can also keep the outside just as clean as the inside.

This is great if you have little hands in your home that need to touch everything. I'm mainly talking about little children here. If you have little hands yourself, I apologise for the confusion. (My humour kind of takes you off guard doesn't it?)

What are the drawbacks?

With all these positive things that I have written about bearded dragon tanks, one would think I was endorsing them. Well they are a great choice, but there are some drawbacks. The biggest thing that pops into my head is money.

While a baby dragon (under 5") can be housed temporarily in a 10-gallon aquarium, they won't be able to stay in there for long. You will eventually need a 55-gallon aquarium or larger. I prefer to go a little larger.

If you have ever priced bigger aquariums, you know that they are not cheap. Sure they’re beautiful and are great homes for a bearded dragon, but if you're like me money is an object. If you are on a tight budget, it might be hard to find the cash for a big aquarium.

Another drawback was also an advantage. Aquariums are all glass, well most are anyway. How's this a drawback? Your dragon might not feel secure in an all glass home.

If you do use a bearded dragon tank, it would be good to have some sort of background on the back of the tank. This will help a little to ease your dragon’s insecurities.

If you have a home that has a lot going on, like toddlers running around screaming (sometimes at the top of their voice) most of the day, than an aquarium might not be the best housing option. I can only imagine what my dragons think of my toddler.

Bearded dragons can also see their reflection sometimes in the glass. This might be a drawback if you have a nervous, skittish or aggressive dragon. That about covers most dragons.

A nervous or skittish dragon will be frightened by its reflection. On the other hand, an aggressive dragon might try to attack.

If you have ever seen your dragon puff its beard up, I suspect that it is from seeing its reflection. I cannot prove this, but I have noticed that most times when my dragons puff their beards out they seem to be staring at their reflection.

To counter reflections there are tanks made by Oceanic that are specifically for reptiles. These tanks don't reflect like a regular aquarium. They have a slightly dark tint that keeps reflection and glare to a minimum.

Most of them also come with their own custom hoods. The drawback is, these bearded dragon tanks are expensive, but they’re probably well worth the money.

In Closing

Well I think that I have expounded enough on using a bearded dragon tank for an enclosure. I probably could ramble on a lot more, but I'll save that for some newsletter articles.

In short, I think that using an aquarium to house your bearded dragon is an excellent option if you have the money.

There are so many great products on the market for bearded dragon tank set-ups and also many great aquariums.

If you get a tank that is big enough to house a bearded dragon, I don't think you can go wrong. As I said earlier this is probably the most popular bearded dragon housing option, and it's popular for a reason.

There are many advantages of using a bearded dragon tank. The biggest disadvantage is the price point. A bearded dragon tank is, however, cheaper than a lot of custom-made cages on the market. The choice of what you house your dragon in is up to you. This information is just here to help guide you along.

Moulded Plastic Cage (Vision Cage)

One of the best housing options for your bearded dragon are moulded plastic reptile cages. They aren't made just for bearded dragons, but  for almost any kind of reptile.

really like this housing option for bearded dragons. There are many advantages to using one of these cages. The most notable drawback is probably the price.

The prices aren't all that bad, but if you are on a tight budget these cages aren't the best choice.

Why do I like moulded plastic reptile cages so much? They are made specifically for housing reptiles. They also have places that were made specifically for placing lighting and heating devices. I don't know if it gets much better than that.

What are the Advantages?

The huge advantage, of a moulded plastic reptile cage, is that they were made specifically for reptiles. They come with places to put heating and lighting equipment.

The specially designed places help keep the overall appearance of the cage looking good. It's a plus to have a cage that looks neat and uncluttered.
 
I'm not a big fan of having makeshift cages, although I have done it myself. I don't like to see wires hanging all over and have everything look "messy". I swear to you, I'm not anal and don't wash my hands every five minutes, but I do like things to look uncluttered.

Another plus is these cages were designed to be heated and retain heat. They were made with the animals best interests in mind. They provide a solid cage shell with a glass front that makes reptiles feel more secure. The material the cage is made out of helps keep a good overall ambient temperature.

These cages also provide easy access to your pet from the front sliding doors. I really like this feature. The sliding front doors make it easier to keep up on cage maintenance, and also allow easy access to your dragon when its bath time or just for handling.

These cages are also stackable. You can stack one cage on top of another. Try that with an aquarium. This feature is good if you ever decide to get more bearded dragons or other reptiles. Hmmm.......more reptiles.......I like the sound of that.

What are the Drawbacks?

I can really only think of one at this time. It all comes down to the price of the cage. There really is no other drawback that I can think of. These are great homes for bearded dragons and other reptiles.

The price for a moulded plastic reptile cage that is big enough to house a bearded dragon runs between 150 and 200+ . This is for a cage that is 48" x 24" x 18".  If you do have the funds, you can't go wrong with moulded plastic reptile cages.

In Closing

The bottom line for moulded plastic reptile cages is that you need one. That's all there is to it. Go out and buy one right now! I'm just joking, but these are really nice cages. 

If my thoughts on this type of cage seem a little biased, it's because these cages are a great option to house bearded dragons. 

This is not the cage that I use, however. The price alone was a big hurdle for me. I found that I was able to build the type of cage I wanted for less money. That is why I chose to build by own cages.

Would I use moulded plastic reptile cages? I would in a heartbeat. They are made way better than my home made cage. If you're not a great carpenter and have the funds, there are not too many better choices on the market for housing reptiles.

If you don't have the money right away and want to upgrade later, this is definitely something worth saving your money for.

Build Your Own Cage

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Building custom cages is cost effective and fun way to provide an enclosure for your bearded dragon. It is almost a hobby in itself. 

Even if you aren't the greatest carpenter, you can still build a fairly nice cage. With just a little knowledge, you'll be able to build your dragon a home that you can be proud of.

Providing a proper home for your dragon is not only a necessity it can also be very rewarding. I know that for me, building my own custom cage helped me gain confidence in owning a dragon.

Even though, a store-bought cage would have been suitable. I wanted to build something to my own specifications. I also found that cages, that were the size I needed for an adult bearded dragon, were fairly expensive.

When it comes to building your own custom cage, your only limit is your imagination. You can build a beautiful cage out of expensive wood, or you can build a functional cage out of cheaper materials. The choice is up to you.

I like to build cages that look like a nice piece of furniture where I can show my dragons off, but your cage can be whatever you want it to be.

Where to Start with Custom Cages

The first thing you'll want to do, is to make sure that you have some tools that will be required to build your custom cage. It doesn't take a whole lot of tools, but it does require a few.

If you don't have the tools already, you'll have to add this to the cost of building your custom cage. I found this out for myself, but on the plus side I now have tools.

You will need a couple of power tools. They don't have to be the most expensive ones out there. I bought some cheap ones at the DIY store.

I bought my tools from the store where they where cheapest.

Here's a list of the tools that you are definitely going to need:

  • Drill - A cordless one is fine, but you'll have to let it charge overnight when you first buy it. This is what I have, but I wish I had a regular one as well. Nothing beats the drilling power of one that plugs in. You also might have to get some extra drill bits, depending on what size holes you'll need to make.
  • Jigsaw or Reciprocating saw - You don't have to have one of these, but believe me it's nicer than having to hand saw everything.  Also, you might want to get some extra saw blades
  • Hammer - It seems like almost everything you build requires a hammer. Any regular hammer will do.
  • Screwdrivers - You'll want to make sure you have a Flathead and Phillips screwdriver, depending on what screws you are going to use. I recommend using Phillips head screw’s. They are a lot easier to drive in. You might want to use a screwdriver drill bit also. This will save you a lot of time and effort.

Basically these are all the tools that you will need. There are other tools that can be used, but for someone just starting out these are all you'll need to build a basic custom cage.

What to Build a Bearded Dragon Cage With

There are different materials that you can build your custom cage out of. The most popular is wood. You can also use melamine, a plastic like material.

You can also use mesh screen or wire fencing. If you use wire, make sure that the holes are small enough so your dragon won't get its head stuck in it.

I like to use " or " hardwood plywood. The thicker it is the better it will retain heat, and the more expensive it will be. You can also use " or " melamine, or press board, it's up to you.

You can find plywood, press board and melamine at your local hardware or diy store . If you don't live by one of these, most smaller hardware stores will have what you need, just at a little higher price.

If you decide to use plywood or any kind of wood, make sure that it is non coniferous. Coniferous wood is from evergreen trees such as pine, balsam, spruce, fir, and cedar. These may pose a threat to your dragon's health. Preferred woods are maple, oak, ash, birch, cherry, or other hardwoods. You can also use softwoods like aspen and poplar.

Most plywood, press board or melamine comes in 8' x 4' sheets. You can usually have these cut into the sizes you need at the store. This is what I had done when I built my first custom cage. I got all the wood I needed from one sheet of plywood. See picture:

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Depending on the design of your custom cage, you might have to get some Plexiglas as well. This is fairly cheap, and most stores will cut it to size for you. I used two 2' x 2' 6" sheets of Plexiglas for sliding showcase doors.

You can also use glass if you want to. Glass is a little heavier, but it doesn't scratch as easy and I think that it is a little cheaper as well. 

This picture is the design for the first custom cage I ever built. I look back at it now and can see things that I would do different and have. Even with the cages I have now, I can see things that I would do differently.

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I used " oak plywood for this custom cage. I used 2" screws to hold it all together. I believe I use 1/8" thick Plexiglas, though I'm not sure. I also used 1" x 2" boards for the Plexiglas railing. I used vent covers for the air vents.

The cage doesn't have to be 2' high. You can get by with 18". I needed the height, because I had the basking lights inside the cage and didn't want them to hang too low.

How to Build a Bearded Dragon Cage

Building a bearded dragon cage really isn't all that hard. If I can build a cage, just about anyone can.

I am not an expert builder, so I didn't really know what the proper way of putting a cage together was. I just did what I thought would work, and it did.

If you see things, that I did improperly, hold your laughter back as best you can. This is really the first thing that I ever built by myself.

Basically all I did was line up the plywood I cut, made sure that it was square, and screwed the pieces together with wood screws. 

I started with the back and sides and then added the bottom. At this point I cut holes for the vents and put the vent covers on. 

Next I put the boards for the Plexiglas rail in place. Then added the Plexiglas and put the top on, securing the glass in place.

It is a good idea to pre-drill holes for the wood screw’s. I know that you don't have to for wood screws, but it helps them go in easier and straighter. To pre-drill a hole, use a drill bit that has a smaller width than the screw’s your using.

Finishing Touches

After the cage was together, I drilled two holes on top of it for basking lights. I also drilled a hole in the top of the back wall to run the chord for my UVB fixture. 

I installed the UVB light fixture on the ceiling of the cage with a couple of screw’s. Actually, I used an under cabinet florescent light fixture from Walmart, making it easy to install.

I also sanded, stained and put an acrylic finish on the wood. If you do this make sure that you provide enough time to pass to let it dry entirely. The fumes from these can be harmful to your dragon. 

I also sealed the inside with clear caulking. You'll want to let some time to pass for this to dry entirely, as well. If you don't provide time to let it cure, it can also be harmful to your dragon.

The last thing I did was put moulding around the edges. This was not important. It was just for looks. Actually, I could have done a better job with the moulding than I did. I didn't have the proper tools at the time.

In Closing

This isn't how every custom cage design will be built. This is just an example of how I built my first one. I included this to, hopefully, inspire your cage building. 

There are different designs and also different ways to build a custom cage. You just have to use your imagination. It is a good idea though to draw out your design on paper before starting to build. This will save you a lot of headaches.

I hope to put up different cage designs as I go along. I like to think up different designs and how to build them. 

If building a custom cage isn't your idea of a good time, don't worry. There are plenty of nice cages on the market that are great choices. However, if you like to build things, this is an excellent opportunity to use your creativity.

Why Build Your Own Reptile Cage?

When I first started my interest in reptiles I was only young. At that stage of my life I had little or no skills and did not understand the requirements of the wonderful creatures so I did not keep them effectively. We just kept the local lizards, so the cage temperature was not an issue. 

I rekindled my desire later in life but I also had mortgages, the cost of raising a family and the daily costs of living to contend with. A reptile was expensive enough, without adding the costs of retail cages and accessories. So I built my own. It saved me a lot of money.

You do need some basic tools but the money you save by making it yourself will allow you to purchase some of those tools that help make the cage. The remainder can go into accessories so that for the cost of a basic cage with nothing else you can make a cage, get some tools and the cage accessories and still have money left over. That’s a big difference.

Many people have materials about the house. If you are going to make your own cages you can save even more money by using bits and pieces or timber you may already have, screws, old glass, hinges, light battens etc. that you already have in the basement or garage.

When upgrading one of my cages recently, I was able to reuse some of the materials and the fittings for use on the new cage. This saved me having to purchase new accessories and materials.

Another benefit is the ability to maintain your own cages. Many of the plastic or moulded cages cannot be fixed once they are broken. With a cage you made yourself you can usually fix broken locks or replace doors (I haven’t had to do any of these yet as they are very sturdy).

When you build your own cages you decide how strong it will be and what quality of fitting, glues and materials you will be using. The higher the quality of materials and accessories you use, the better the final cage product. You are not at the mercy of manufacturers saving money by using inferior materials and poor quality fittings.

Another benefit is the ability to customise you cages to suit your purpose. One of my earliest cages was built as a normal cage but by placing a removable divider in the middle it allowed me to re-use the cage when I shipped one of the snakes out. 

This divider was fitted over the middle of a heat mat, allowing for two reptiles to be housed in the cage. It also had two doors. The cage is now used for another purpose but will soon be empty. 

The divider can still be placed back in the cage for another small snake and then simply removed as the snake gets larger. 

This snake will finally be moved into an arboreal cage. To purchase a plastic cage with divider that will only be a transient cage before the snake goes into a final cage is an expensive exercise.

If you do need to upgrade again, you have the time to build the final cage as the snake grows.

Making your own cages allows you to build and maintain your reptile cages in a cost effective manner while keeping them comfortable and healthy. 

You can also expand your collection in an affordable way, making more money available for the reptiles while still getting quality cages.

The Importance of a Plan When Building a Reptile Cage

Would you put together a model plane without looking at the finished plane picture or looking at the plans? Does a builder build a house without a plan? 

The answer to these is pretty clearly no. A home-made snake or other reptile cage is so much simpler though, you say. I can just put it together as I go. 

Not so, my young apprentice. There are many pitfalls awaiting the inexperienced. Simple things you can miss. Silly mistakes you can make, and believe me, it is very easy to make them.

There are a host of things that can make a simple cage take much longer than it should plus some possible costly mistakes.
If you have never kept a reptile, then before you even plan a reptile cage, you need to do some research on what sort of cage your reptile will need. 

A snake will need cages of certain dimensions; lizards will need other dimensions and arboreal species yet another type of cage with different dimensions. It’s also helpful if you know how large your pet will get so you can plan ahead.

Another benefit of a plan is it helps you to think about your pet reptiles other needs such as heat mats, basking lights, UV lights, misting systems, substrates, decorations such as artificial walls, artificial trees and branches, and how these can be made and placed in the cage.

Once you have a clear idea of what you want the finished product to look like and how large it will be you are ready to plan how you are going to construct it. 

At this stage, having a plan, however rudimentary, is important. Once you have a plan in place you can think through the issues. In many cases it will allow you to remove the problem before you even start, as the plan often reveals an error or issue. 

Naturally, the more detailed the reptile cage plan, the more you can make allowance for possible issues. It can also eliminate waste and save money as you only purchase the correct amount of material.

Having a plan is useful as it allows you to see and understand how the cage will be constructed. You can work out how you may want to alter the plan if you feel the need to change.

And finally a plan is essential for the construction phase. What goes where, what is the order of construction, what size should this piece be and so on.

When building a reptile enclosure, if the plans are detailed enough you will constantly refer to them. This also helps minimise those costly errors.

Using a plan, whether is be yours, someone else’s or a purchased plan, will save you time, money and effort. It will produce a much better result for you and your pet.

Reptarium

Using a Reptarium for bearded dragons can be a very viable caging option. I have not had experience with these but they seem like they would do a good job housing your pet.

You can get a good sized Reptarium for less money than an aquarium big enough to house a bearded dragon. They seem like they wouldn't be too bad to clean either, and you can even change out the tray that lines the bottom.

It might be a little harder to keep a good temperature in it, though, I'm just speculating and really don't know this for sure. They seem like they would be little harder to look into than an aquarium, also.

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A Reptarium is one of the options that I was really considering when I first wanted to own a bearded dragon. I was on limited funds and it seemed like it would be decent home.

I would say don't be afraid to try this if you don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on an enclosure. You could always upgrade later.

Reptariums for bearded dragons are a very viable option. You might have to use more than one type of heat source to keep the air temperature up, but it shouldn't be a problem keeping a good temperature.

They also provide good ventilation, because of their mesh walls. If you provide good hot basking spots and the rest of reptarium stays at a temperature between 75 and 80 F you should have no problem at all using a Reptarium.

A big plus for these reptile enclosures is they are very economical. The cost for one of these big enough to house a bearded dragon is not going to break the bank. I think that I have seen them for well under 60.

One thing to know is, you will have to buy the cage and liner separate. Even though there are two separate expenses, having a removable liner is very convenient. You can replace them very easily and keep your cage clean.

There are different liners for the same sized cages, also. One liner will be for the cage standing upright, and the other will be for the cage laying on its side. Depending on what size repatarium you get, you'll have to make the best decision on what liner you should purchase with it. Keep in mind that dragons need floor space.

In Closing

This is just my opinion, but using Reptariums for bearded dragons seems like it would work rather well. There may be differing opinions on this, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say they are alright to use.

Heck, I would use one myself if I had to. That might not be too much consolation for you, but it makes me feel all warm and toasty inside.

I really have nothing bad to say about this product. I believe that Reptariums can be a very viable option when housing bearded dragons.

They are also a money saver. If you don't have tons of cash or the carpentry skills to build a home, you might want to check out a Reptarium. Remember, if you want to you can always upgrade later.

These are only some of the options you have to choose from. I will add more in the future such as custom made cages, and plastic totes. Yes, you can use a plastic tote, if you so desire.

Things To Consider Before Choosing

How easy will the cage be to clean?

The easier the cage is to keep clean, the more likely it will be cleaned. I tell you this out of experience. I lack the enthusiasm sometimes to clean my own cages. It's the job I least like to do, but it needs to be done. The easier a cage is to clean, the easier it will be on you.

Some enclosures are easier to get into and clean than others. I'm a fan of enclosures with opening front doors. These are very accessible, and like the moulded plastic cage, easy to keep sanitised.

How easy will it be to get at your dragon?

A cage that provides easy access to your dragon will make handling a lot easier. When picking up your dragon, it is better to come in from the side then from above. This is especially true with younger dragons that tend to be skittish.

Cages with opening front doors are really good for this purpose. If you get a cage with a top opening, try to come at your dragon  more from the side when attempting to pick them up. A dragon can feel threatened with your hand coming from the top.

Having a cage that is hard to get into, will make it hard to get at your dragon. If your cage is easy to get into, life will be a lot easier when cleaning the cage, picking your dragon up and feeding crickets to them.

Where will you keep the cage?

Keeping your dragons enclosure where there isn't much foot traffic, will provide less stress for your pet. Keeping the cage out of direct sunlight will help prevent cooking your dragon. Also, making sure your dragons home isn't to close to air-conditioning or heat vents will help with controlling cage temperatures.

Bearded dragons like to see activity, so even though you don't want them in direct high foot traffic areas, don't isolate them either. I have heard of some people leaving their television on when they weren't home to keep their dragons from getting bored. 

That last paragraph is directed toward older dragons. I have observed that as my dragons have got older they like to see activity. Young dragons (hatchling to 6 months) will like a little more peace and quiet.

Is the bearded dragon housing attractive to you?

Functionality is the first thing to look for in a cage, but make sure that you choose something that suits you as well. There is no right or wrong answer to this. You can go with a simple and functional cage or a beautiful naturalistic enclosure. It is entirely up to you.

Having a nice looking cage may be more of a factor if you live with your parents, are married or share your home with other people. Most people don't like to see a make-shift cage containing reptiles in their home. Remember to be sensitive to other people living with you.

If you live by yourself, you won't have to worry about this. The only person you have to impress is yourself.



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