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Best Bearded Dragon Tank Temperature Guide

This question is one of the most asked questions I get as a Bearded Dragon owner. What should the Bearded Dragon Tank Temperature be?

the reason why I think so many people are confused is that they hear other kinds of information that is just wrong

bearded dragons need their tank temperature to be spread out

  • one side needs to be hot
  • one side needs to be warm
  • one side needs to be cooler

The hot side needs to be 95 – 105 Degrees Fahrenheit Which is also called the basking area

The warm side needs to be between 85 – 94 Degrees Fahrenheit

The cool side should be between 75 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit

You will notice that your bearded dragon should have his mouth wide open when sitting in his basking spot

If he isn’t doing that its not hot enough. Make sure you check the temperature zones often

Bearded Dragon tank Temperature

This is a link for a temperature gauge

Bearded Dragon Tank Temperature

Bearded Dragons are from Australia so they are going to be used to hot and warm conditions

One of the most important things I’ve learned is that replicating their environment is one of the most important thing you can do in order to make them happy

Bearded Dragons don’t actually have the capability of warming themselves up internally and this is because bearded dragons are cold blooded creatures

One thing you need to know is that depending on a bearded dragons age they will need slightly different temperature requirements

Baby Bearded Dragon Tank Temperature Needs

I’m going to put this in order from hot (basking) to cool

The hot side Its actually not too different from the regular temperatures which is going to be between 100 Degrees Fahrenheit and 110 degrees Fahrenheit

The warm side is going to be between 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit

the cool side is between 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit

Bearded dragons get a lot of their energy from the UV and food they eat

Baby Bearded dragons grow very quickly so they require much more energy

Juvenile Bearded Dragon Tank Temperature Needs

Juveniles need these temperatures

Basking area (hot) is going to be 95 – 105 degrees Fahrenheit

The warm side is normal between 85 to 90 Degrees Fahrenheit

Cool side is 80 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit

The main difference is that you can bring the temperature down as they age because they will slow down on the rapid growth

Adult Bearded Dragon Tank Temperature Needs

One thing you’ll notice is as Bearded Dragons age you can bring down the heat

Basking area is good around 90 – 95 Degrees Fahrenheit

Warm is good from 85 to 89 Degrees Fahrenheit

Cool area is good from 80 to 85 Degrees Fahrenheit

Bearded Dragon nighttime Temperature needs

At night things are a little different

remember you want to think about what their natural environment would be in the wild which is hot during the day and cool at night

the cool temperature will signal to your bearded dragon that its time to get some rest as well as turning off the lights

Bearded Dragons like you and me operate off of day and night cycles and need to rest at night to rejuvenate

Now if the temperature falls too low then you should use a heating pad at night to keep it warm enough so they don’t get too cold.

you don’t want the temperature falling below 70 degrees Fahrenheit

Summary, FAQ’S and things you might not know

The temperature needs to be monitored a lot. i would do daily checks at night or in the morning to make sure everything is OK

you should use a thermometer at both ends of the tank so you get accurate readings of the temperature gradient of your tank

if one side seems too cold or too hot then you can adjust the temperatures accordingly

This is the thermometer i use