While adult bearded dragons are large enough to repel many predators, young ones are bite-size snacks for a wide variety of predators. Because of this, bearded dragons grow very quickly, and are capable of reaching adulthood in less than a year. Do not be frustrated if your bearded dragon takes longer than this to mature; by providing top-notch husbandry you can accelerate their growth rate.
How Long Before Bearded Dragons Are Fully Grown
ENCLOSURE SIZE:The enclosure should be a solid glass sided tank long enough to create the two separate temperature gradients (warm and cool). A bearded dragon tank should be at least 30-40 gallons or larger for an adult and at least 20L for a baby.
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INTRODUCTION: Bearded dragons are native to Australia. Lifespan in captivity is approximately 10 years, with adult size around 12 to 14 inches. They can make good pets if kept properly in captivity.
Bearded Dragon Care Sheet - Reptiles Magazine
Mature males can be distinguished by differences in tail taper, enlarged femoral pores, larger head and overall size, and by periodic darkening of the throat region. This, coupled with head bobbing behavior is perhaps the best method for the inexperienced keeper to determine sex. There is no reliable method to sex hatchling dragons, although experienced keepers may be able to hazard a guess at juveniles at sub-adults. The sexes may be raised together until about four months of age. At this time the males will begin to fight. Do not keep more than one male per cage as they will fight. Sexual pairs or harem groups may be housed together indefinitely if given adequate space, but be prepared to separate them if aggression should occur. Bearded Dragons may reach sexual maturity in under twelve months. Females will lay 10-25 eggs (average 20) every three to six weeks until her fat and calcium reserves are depleted. This prolific egg production is very hard on the female, and many will perish if particular attention is not paid to their needs. Incubation can take from 55 to 75 days, depending on temperature. Most keepers use vermiculite moistened with water in a 1/1 ratio by weight as substrate. A temperature range of 78 to 85F has proven successful. It is highly recommended that additional study be made before attempting to breed your dragons.One major difference between owning a bearded dragon and owning a water dragon is that a bearded dragon can be housed in an aquarium and a full-grown water dragon will need an enclosure the size of a small room. An adult water dragon can grow to over 3 feet long, and his enclosure should be at three times as long and twice as wide as himself. Chinese water dragons are arboreal and so will also need height to their enclosures and objects on which to climb. Many water dragon keepers find that an outdoor enclosure used when weather is acceptable is the best home for their dragons. Because of all this, the bearded dragon is easier to house. Full-grown bearded dragons range in length from 16 to 20 inches. A 40-gallon tank is considered the minimum for a bearded dragon, with 55 gallons being preferable.