Shopping List for a Bearded Dragon
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( For a baby bearded Dragon you can start off with as small as a 20 gallon, but you will need a minimum of a 40 gallon by the time your beardie is fully grown) :
Or you can get one from Zen Habitats : https://zenhabitats.ca/
( pick the appropriate length of fixture to fit the length of your enclosure. If buying a Zoomed brand UVB bulb get a 10.0. If buying Arcadia Brand buy a 12%)
Arcadia bulb link (a 39 watt will fit a 3ft long fixture) : https://amzn.to/3mj3NYh
You can save some money by buying a Sunblaster grow light fixture for the bulb rather than a fixture branded for pet use. Just make sure you are putting a proper UVB bulb branded for reptile use inside the fixture. DO NOT use a grow light or regular flurescent bulb inside your fixture, it will not provide your bearded dragon with UVB.
Link for sunblaster fixture (3 ft long fixture, you can choose a different length if you’d like) : https://amzn.to/2Vd6uyB
(Pick the right wattage you think you will need to get your bearded dragons basking area up to 95-110 degrees F during the daytime. Usually a 100 - 150 watt is what most people end up using ) : https://amzn.to/363nq0d
The digital thermometers are much better than the circular analog thermometers: https://amzn.to/3qF4H31
(If you don't want to have to buy one then even yogurt container lids or any low dish can work for this)
(Any brand is good) :
(Optional, but very handy) :
(Rocks and logs from outside can be used as long as they are not Cedar or Pine as they are toxic to reptiles and as long as you sterilize anything brought in from outside. Rocks and logs can be sterilized by scrubbing them down with hot soapy water, then baking them in the oven at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Or decor can be purchased at pet stores)
-Cricket gut load
(Or you can simply toss bits of carrots or other veggies in the cricket keeper for the crickets to eat) :
-For the bottom the tank pet carpet, a towel, paper towel, linoleum flooring, or tile can be used. Note: Sand or loose substrate should not be used until your bearded dragon is around 1 years old.
-Food for the beardie ( Small crickets, Phoenix worms, Wax worms for a treat, Veggies such as Kale, Carrot shavings, squashed etc)
-Misting bottle to mist your beardie with ( Even a dollar store one will do)
Other optional items:
Temperature Gun: https://amzn.to/34NLWSw
Additional information :
Common question: How much should we have in mind for budget to set up his/her habitat?
If you are buying all brand new, and buying a 40 gallon enclosure then here is generally what you will be looking at:
You can buy a whole kit with just about everything you need from Petsmart for $299 : https://www.petsmart.ca/reptile/starter-kits/national-geographicandtrade-reptile-desert-kit-27781.html?cgid=500117\
The only thing I don't like about this kit is the latch on the enclosure is a little fussy, and I wish it came with a tube UVB light that spanned the length of the enclosure.
If you buy a kit that comes with a small compact UVB light that fits inside a dome fixture I would highly recommend upgrading to a long tube UVB fairly soon. You could use the UVB fixture and bulb that came with the kit for the lifespan of the bulb (6 months) to get some use out of it and then swap it out for the upgraded long UVB fixture.
The only other thing if you bought the kit is you would need is crickets and calcium dust ( Approx $10 for a container that should last you 3-4 months or more). A misting bottle (Even just a dollar store one is good)
Or you can find good prices on second hand enclosures and dome fixtures on local classifieds and probably save yourself $100-$150. I just don't recommend using a second hand UVB bulb as you don't know how old it is and therefore if it is still outputting enough UVB.