Bearded Dragon Temperature – The Complete Guide

Keeping a bearded dragon as a pet entails a lot of care, one of which is providing it with the needed heat to keep it active and healthy always. As cold-blooded reptiles, bearded dragons should always be kept in rooms with optimal temperatures to keep them alive.

All bearded dragon parents require detailed knowledge of the temperatures needed to maintain a healthy and active bearded dragon.

This article explains in detail the best heat for bearded dragons, the best temperature for baby bearded dragons, and the best heat sources for your dragon.

Best Temperature for Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons like warm temperature during the day, but they require slightly cooler temperature during the night. Below you can read about the ideal temperatures during day and night:

– During the Day

Your bearded dragon needs a basking area where the temperatures are between 95-100 °F. This should be maintained for about 12 to 15 hours each day.

They also need a cooler place, where the temperature is between  75-85 °F, where they can rest and cool down.

Put the heating lamp on a timer, so it will switch off after 15 hours, to give way for the night, allowing your dragon to have the needed day and nightlife feel experienced in the wild.

You can get artificial UV lighting heat lamps, which have unique timers to switch on and off for your convenience.

– During the Night

When it comes to night temperatures for your bearded dragon, try keeping things simple. The temperature of your reptile’s tank should be between 70-75 °F during this period. Before heating the tank, always check the room temperature to ensure it isn’t below the required heat range.

You should use a heat-emitting ceramic if you want to improve the temperature in their tank. This heat-emitting ceramic allows you to release the needed heat without light emission, offering your dragon the opportunity to have the night temperature it would have had while sleeping in the wild.

– Minimum Temperature

Bearded dragons survive in temperatures around 63°F for a very short period. This temperature allows your dragon to maintain its healthy lifestyle and perform the needed functions to keep it active.

It is a good idea to maintain the reptile’s temperature at figures higher than 63°F, but try not to exceed 80-85 °F.

Ideal Temperature for Baby Bearded Dragons

For a baby beardie to grow into its standard size and weight at the expected growth time, it requires the appropriate temperature to do so. A baby-bearded dragon needs a 100-110 °F temperature to thrive.

When your baby dragon gets the proper temperature, it digests its foods quicker—this helps it grow even faster. If your baby beardie is kept in an environment with a very low or very high temperature, this will weaken its system.

The weakness would make it difficult for it to feed, which would subsequently lead to a retracted growth.

To have an even healthier baby dragon, you can try switching seasons—this offers the reptile an even better feel of the wildlife, causing it to grow healthier.

Do Bearded dragons Need a Heat Source?

Bearded dragons require habitats as close as theirs to thrive. When keeping these dragons at home, you should try as much as you can to make the look and feel of their environment almost like it would in its natural habitat.

You need some vital heat sources to achieve the temperature required. Here are a few suggestions:

– Heat Lamp

Heat lamps are lamps that produce heat while illuminating the room with their unique light bulb technology. Some bulbs in heat lamps deliver high temperatures alongside the needed UV lighting.

Ceramic heat emitters are another form of heat lamps that produce no light while giving your dragon the required heat for its activities. The ceramic heat emitters are excellent for heating your beardie during the night.

– Heat Mat

Bearded dragons need heat mats when the weather is cold. These heat mats help to boost the supply of heat for your dragon whenever the temperature is cold.

However, using heat mats alone for giving the needed warmth to your dragon isn’t recommended. Try blending heat mats with other heat sources for your beardie.

– Sun

If you aren’t used to technologies and want to keep things simple while offering your beardie an appropriate temperature, the sun is a great alternative. It contains UV lighting, and all there is to maintain your dragon’s temperature.

Can Bearded Dragons Survive in Low Temperature?

Bearded dragons need the appropriate temperature for survival. Low temperatures may lead to loss of appetite, which invariably makes your dragon unhealthy and inactive.

Generally, bearded dragons cannot survive in low temperatures for long. Protracted exposure of your dragon to low temperature can cause varying health problems that can lead to the death of your dragon.

Failure to give your bearded dragon the temperature needed can lead to your dragon’s slow growth and bad health. It could also lead to slow digestion of food, causing constipation and rotten food in their body.

Can Bearded Dragons Freeze?

So, you walk into the room and notice your bearded dragon is awake and frozen like a statue—it doesn’t even blink. Don’t be worried—even though it looks abnormal, your beardie is fine.

Bearded dragons do not freeze; the act displayed by your beardie simply means it is cold and needs to conserve energy. To solve this issue, you can use heat sources to create the needed temperature for your bearded dragon. Once this is done, it becomes very active again.

Wrapping Up

Giving your beardie the right temperature is vital to its general growth and health. As a cold-blooded reptile, bearded dragons have to regulate their body temperature at all times, using heat externally.

When in the wild, bearded dragons bask under the sun to regulate their temperature. However, beardie parents have to provide heat for their dragon using heat lamps, heat mats, and other heat sources when keeping them as pets.

This post provided all there is to know on your bearded dragon’s temperature—the different temperatures needed for each beardie’s age and how long you should leave the temperature for your beardie during the day and night.

The older your dragon gets, the less heat it requires. Getting artificial heat sources for your dragon helps to supplement its growth and digestion, generally.

For your beardie to stay active, you must place them in environments with the appropriate temperature; this helps prevent them from “freezing” and keeps them more active than ever before.

Bearded Dragons   Reptiles   Updated: January 12, 2021
avatar I’m Noah, chief editor at VIVO Pets and the proud owner of a playful, energetic husky (Max). I’ve been a volunteer at Rex Animal Rescue for over 2 years. I love learning and writing about different animals that can be kept as pets.

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