If you own any type of reptile, chances are that you already know that figuring out how to design its cage or enclosure can often be a difficult thing to do. The number one important step that you should take when considering your reptile is to think about the type of animal that you have and what its favorite types of things are. If you’re right on the money, you will be able to develop a favorite home for your reptile.
One of the more exotic animals that are frequently owned is bearded dragons. Bearded dragons are not only one of the many favorite reptiles to own, but they are also some of the most fun to decorate for. Bearded dragons need certain things in their habitat cage, and if they aren’t there then your reptile will not only feel frightful, but they may even change their feeding habits because of it.
Since bearded dragons are among the most interesting creatures to develop a cage for, there is one basic principle that should be used when finding a home for this awesome creature. That basic guideline is to use things in the cage that will make the bearded dragon feel like he is in his own natural habitat.
Unlike domesticated animals like cats and dogs, bearded dragons need to be kept in enclosures that will give them a feeling of being in their own natural habitat. There are plenty of things that bearded dragon owners can do to make sure that the natural feel of the outdoors is kept up, and some of them include having an extra wide casing home for the bearded dragon, as well as including dragon accessories inside the cage.
The first thing that needs your attention is to purchase a nice and large enclosure for the bearded dragon. When it’s first born, the bearded dragon can be kept in as small a container as twenty gallons. However, it’s best to buy a larger one right off the bat, because adult bearded dragons need fifty to sixty gallons of the room that should be at least eight square feet so the dragon will be able to have plenty of room to romp around and climb all over the place.
Climbing is another issue when decorating a bearded dragons’ home. Branches and holey logs can be purchased from reptile stores so that the bearded dragon will have a place to climb. However, when purchasing one of these branches or finding them in your own backyard (think natural!), an important thing to note is that the branch should be about as wide as the bearded dragon itself. This is not only for stability but is also for the comfort of your reptile.
Another accessory and decoration that you could use in your reptile’s cage are leaves. You can use leaves that are surrounding the branches and climbing wall, as well as just have them scattered around the bottom of the cage.
Another important natural component of your bearded dragon cage should be somewhere where the dragon can hide. The bearded dragon needs a place to go where he can hide from strangers or simply a small cozy spot to sleep. Using a small plant pot can do the trick, but you may also be able to find an excellent piece of natural furniture at a reptile supply store.
All things considered, a very naturalistic surrounding is the first thing that should be on bearded dragon owner’s minds when coming up with a cage or enclosure that the dragon will be kept in. If it’s not at all natural looking, then the bearded dragon will constantly be frightened, but helping him adjust to a new life at your home should include very natural decorations in the cage, aquarium, or other enclosure that you choose!