It’s a very true fact that some people don’t provide the necessary equipment to set up their bearded dragon’s enclosure correctly. It’s important to remember that providing a shelter that is safe and secure is your first priority. However I’d like to take you through a number of ways that you can make your beardies home look great too! After all, I’m sure the tank takes up a fair portion of your living room, so you want it to be eye catching.
There are many ways to do this. Some people prefer to make their own accessories, however they can be purchased from a variety of pet stores. Keep in mind also that giving your bearded dragons enclosure a makeover comes with some extra costs. Don’t let this put you off though, because it’s very much worth it when you’re done!
In order to properly set up your bearded dragon cage you will need a cage with enough space that could accommodate all the accessories. Here is a list of top bearded dragon cages that offers enough space for your beardie to live a healthy life.
Firstly, to give the tank that little extra bit of something you’ll want to buy a reptile enclosure background. These are an essential part of the tank as it provides security for your dragon. Not only this though, it looks great too! They come in a variety of different colors, designs and it’s not uncommon to find them in picturesque landscape views. This would look ideal. They’re fairly easy to come across and can be bought from your local pet supplier. This background usually sets the theme of the enclosure so have fun and choose carefully.
Next you’ll want to lay a substrate on the floor. There are a number to choose from here as well but some are more appealing than others. Now when picking a substrate you’ll need to be very mindful of your beardies safety, because not all substrates are safe or healthy. Sand and woodchips usually look best, however be aware that you should never house a baby or juvenile on sand as it can cause impaction. In some cases it has even caused impaction in adult beardies. So whilst it is good, just keep an eye on your beardie to make sure it isn’t showing any symptoms. If it is remove the sand immediately and visit a reptile vet. Woodchips are also a good choice. However make sure they are large enough that they cannot be ingested.
Finally you’ll want to add some accessories. Most accessories are also a vital part of the enclosure such as the basking rock or perch, a hideaway and climbing branches. These things allow the bearded dragon to regulate its body temperature and climb as it would in the wild. You can buy some very appealing items from pet stores such as realistic rocks, branches and hideaways. There are many options available in all sorts of shapes and sizes, depending on what suits your conditions best. You might also like to add in some artificial plants to give it that extra something. You can use real plants however be extremely careful that they are free from chemicals and are not poisonous to your beardie.
As you can see it doesn’t take much to create a great looking enclosure. Just a bit of extra time spent looking for what you want. In most cases everything you need can be found in the one place. So have fun and I’m sure your enclosure will be looking great in no time.
To learn more about setting up a bearded dragon enclosure, try visiting The Bearded Dragon. It provides all the information you need to know about setting up the optimum habitat for your beardie.