ReptiFiles’ Bearded Dragon “Starter Kit”
For your convenience, we have put together a list of the bearded dragon supplies that ReptiFiles personally recommends for the health of your new pet, as well as your own peace of mind. In other words, we’ve basically done the shopping for you! Although bearded dragons are commonly recommended as an ideal “first pet,” please note that even the easiest reptiles can be expensive and high-maintenance to keep. If you are not prepared to purchase everything required for the health and wellbeing of a bearded dragon, this is not the pet for you.
Wondering why you need these items to care for a bearded dragon? Confused about how to use them? Everything is explained in the rest of this guide!
- 6’L x 2’W x 2’H enclosure with mesh top (or larger!)
- 90w Zoo Med Repti Tuff Halogen Lamp, x2
- Zoo Med Combo Deep Dome Dual Lamp Fixture
- 50w ceramic heat emitter, x2
- Zoo Med Mini Deep Dome Lamp Fixture, x2
- Vivarium Electronics Rheostat, x2
- Etekcity 774 Temperature Gun
- Zoo Med Digital Combo Thermometer & Hygrometer
- Large piece of flagstone, slate, or other flat stone (basking surface)*
- 36″ Arcadia T5 HO Desert 12% UVB Kit
- 22″ Arcadia Jungle Dawn LED Bar, x2
- Zilla 24/7 Digital Power Center, x2
- 4-6 cubic ft clean sand*
- Environmental enrichment (choose at least 5):
- Food and water dishes
- Miner-All Outdoor calcium powder
- Repashy Supervite multivitamin powder
- Soft-tipped feeding tweezers
*You can save a LOT of money on shipping costs by buying sand, decorative rocks, and stone at your local landscaping supply or general home improvement store with a garden center.
Keep in mind that all supplies should be purchased and set up BEFORE you get the bearded dragon. This will save you a lot of stress, and does your new pet a big favor, too.
Do not purchase bearded dragons younger than 3 months old, as hatchlings are fragile, defensive, easily stressed, and more likely to die shortly after purchase. If it’s skinny and tiny, it’s most likely too small to be sold. Ask the pet store or the breeder the age of the dragon — if they don’t know, take your business elsewhere.
I also recommend finding an experienced reptile veterinarian in your area. It’s always better to do a little bit of research when nothing’s wrong than to find yourself in a panic when your pet gets sick. Check out the ReptiFiles Reptile Vet Directory to get started.
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