Bearded dragons eat a diet of live invertebrates (insects) and vegetables. They need a wide variety of safe vegetables and they also need the correct supplements. Owning a bearded dragon is a long commitment, as they usually live for about 15 years. In these 15 years, they can grow up to about 18 inches. When it comes to habitats, a 48in long x 24in high x 24in wide vivarium is the minimum size required for one adult dragon. It needs to be well-ventilated, secure and made from a solid material that’s easy to clean. When looking for furnishings, avoid ‘calci-sand’ because it is dangerous to reptiles if eaten. Temperature and lighting are also important when it comes to bearded dragon care. You will need a vivarium that ranges from a hotter (100F) bright end, to a cooler (72F) shaded end. You’ll also need to provide a 10 to 12 percent fluorescent UV tube at the hot end and remember to keep the humidity low.

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