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Glass aquariums and glass terrariums work well as enclosures. However, some Bearded Dragons
get upset if they see their reflections. In such cases, a background can do the trick. You can also use enclosures made out of plexiglass, wood, and/or melamine.
Wire and mesh are not generally good ideas. They don't hold in heat well enough.
As for the top, I personally love screen lids, they're great for ventilation while still keeping most of the heat in.
You can get cages at pet stores, garage sales, and classifieds both online and in newspapers. Or you can build your own cage.
Directions to build your own cage can be found at and .


The bare minimum is a 40 gallon breeder (36 by 18 by 18 inches) for one fully grown Bearded Dragon.
The ideal tank size is 4 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet.
When choosing an enclosure size, it's important to keep in mind that some higher gallon numbers aren't wide enough, such as a 55 gallon (aka a 55 gallon long) that is only 48 by 13 by 21 inches. Since most Bearded Dragons are a minimum of 18 inches fully grown, a 55 gallon long will not be wide enough for them to turn around comfortably.

Do It Yourself: Naturalistic Fake Rock Enclosure | good for Smaug (bearded dragon) or Rex (gecko)

With any animal that requires a slightly different climate than your house, you need to keep a close eye on the conditions inside their enclosure. As I said before, bearded dragons like it above 95 degrees, up to about 110. For them, unlike tropical lizards or amphibians, humidity should be on the low side, but doesn’t need to be tightly regulated. If that area of your house is particularly wet for some reason, you might have to move them somewhere else.

Open Top Reptile Enclosure DIY Homemade Custom #beardeddragon #viv

It is important to take floor space into account when acquiring an enclosure for a bearded dragon. Unlike iguanas who can require enclosures that take up half your room, bearded dragons are comfortable in traditional glass aquariums as long as they are 40 gallons or larger. The terrariums meant for lizards tend to be a bit wider than ones meant for fish, measuring 36 inches long by 18 inches tall by 18 inches wide at the very smallest for adults.

A video regarding some new bearded dragon enclosures we are building.

It is important when keeping a bearded dragon as a pet that the proper temperature is acquired in their enclosure to replicate what they receive in the wild. This means keeping the temperature in the enclosure close to what bearded dragons have in their homeland.

Bearded Dragon Enclosures - Custom Cages


Our standard bearded dragon enclosure measures 36” wide X 24” deep X 18” tall to provide optimal floor space and to simplify heating & lighting solutions. We also Make a 48" wide X 24” deep...While a hatchling dragon could live in a 20-gallon aquarium for a short time, it will quickly need a larger enclosure. A 75-gallon aquarium or equal-sized enclosure is OK for one or two adult dragons. Screening should be used for proper ventilation, whether as a top on an aquarium enclosure or in the construction of a custom enclosure. During warm weather bearded dragons can be kept in outdoor cages. Be sure the outdoor enclosure provides both sunny basking areas and shady retreats, as well as shelter from rain. Having access to the sun outdoors provides healthy UV. Bearded dragons like to climb, so some sturdy branches are welcome in their enclosures.