Remember that Pogona vitticeps is native to eastern central Australia, where its habitat ranges from desert to grassland, while you construct an indoor habitat for your bearded dragon. Despite this, there are a ton of bearded dragon decorative options available. Some people, including me, prefer to honor the bearded dragon’s desert-themed ancestry. Others want a more tropical appearance. Others enjoy making their bearded one’s residence into a sort of dollhouse. shrug The most crucial thing you should do is
ensure that it meets the needs for humidity, UV, and temperature for a bearded dragon.
make sure it’s safe for dragons
Decorate it to suit your dragon’s needs in terms of activity and space
choose furnishings that fit your taste
Good decorations not only make a terrarium appear cool, but they also promote physical activity, mental stimulation, and bearded dragon health. Enrichment items are what are used as “toys” and enclosure decor in zoos. Modern reptile husbandry professionals are striving to dispel the myth that reptiles are simple animals who don’t require “toys” or “decorations” beyond what tickles their keepers’ fancy.
Check out my video on how to provide enrichment for lizards for additional details on the significance of enrichment for bearded dragons.
Basking Rock/Log | Bearded Dragon Decor Ideas
Because it helps your beardie discover the ideal basking temperature, this is one accessory for bearded dragons that you simply cannot go without. Because bearded dragons enjoy climbing for exercise, having a basking fixture is ideal. Personally, I really enjoy doing this with a cork bark log.
When they desire some privacy, bearded dragons need a place to hide. They utilize their hide when they need to escape the heat, seek out more humidity, are brumating, or just need a safe place to rest.
The fact that cork bark logs can serve as both a hide and a tanning platform is another reason I like them.
Bearded dragons have an odd but enthralling affection for hammocks, maybe because they enjoy climbing and reaching lofty places from which to observe their surroundings. It’s advisable to avoid using hammocks as a platform for sunbathing because they don’t retain much heat. On the cooler end of the enclosure, however, they continue to make fantastic spots for your dragon to relax.
Bones, indeed. The man who sold us our bearded dragons made his terrarium look cool by using dried, sterilized cow bones that he had found in the wild.
In your dragon’s enclosure, flagstone, a cheap, natural material, can be used in a variety of ways. Its rough texture is ideal for keeping nails filed down while allowing for climbing. When placed under the heat lamp, it makes the ideal basking area because it absorbs heat so well. However, flagstone is heavy, and handling large pieces can be challenging.
It’s advisable to utilize actual plants rather than synthetic substitutes if you want to add some green to your bearded dragon’s enclosure. Bearded dragons frequently attempt to consume anything green, thus unintentionally consuming a fake leaf or a piece of poisonous vegetation can be dangerous or even fatal. For usage in bearded dragon habitats, the following living plants that can withstand heat and dryness are recommended:
in the air (Tillandsia)
a thorny bushes
Chickens and hens (Echeveria)
Jade tree (Crassula ovata)
Opuntia danicolor, a prickly pear cactus (spineless)
The Bio Dude offers convenient bearded dragon-specific plant packs here if you’re feeling overloaded but still want to employ live plants.
Remember that adding live plants will increase the overall humidity in your habitat. In order to establish a humidity gradient in addition to a temperature gradient, many keepers decide to put them on the cool side of the enclosure. To achieve the best results, upgrade your lighting system with a 6500K bulb (we suggest the Arcadia Jungle Dawn LED). This will keep the plants healthy by providing them with the precise type of light they require to flourish.
You can find a goldmine of information on how to build reptile enclosures and décor on YouTube. This is a satisfying method for creating a beguilingly lightweight enclosure for your bearded dragon. I’ll try this at some point.