UVlight location title card

Discover the best UV light location for your bearded dragon’s health and wellbeing. Expert opinions and care tips at Beardie Bungalow.

UV meter title card

The only way to accurately measure the UVB levels in your bearded dragon’s tank is with a UV meter. But that doesn’t mean you need to buy one.

bulb change frequency title card

If you’ve spent the time and effort to get your bearded dragon’s lighting right, it’s just as important to know when to change each of those lights.

3 types of uv bulbs for bearded dragons title card

There are 3 options for UVB bulbs for bearded dragons: CFL, MVB, and Fluorescent light tubes. All 3 work, but we only recommend one of them!

CHE title card

Getting your beardie’s tank temperatures right can be challenging, especially if a basking bulb alone isn’t enough. That’s where a CHE comes in.

While there are 5 somewhat commonly used basking bulb types for bearded dragons, only one or two of them are appropriate and safe.

Basking spot for a bearded dragon

Getting your bearded dragon’s basking spot right is critical to their health. Using the right kind of basking light is a big part of that.

Many bearded dragon owners wonder if there is a requirement for nighttime lighting for bearded dragons. Some assume that bearded dragons still need heat from their basking lamp, which emits light. Some just want to be able to check in on their beardie at night.

When it’s time to give your beardie their bugs to eat, where is the best place to do that? Just throw the critters in the tank or something else?

One of the most common questions that prospective bearded dragon owners ask us is, “do they smell bad?”. We aren’t surprised at all that they ask this. Common household pets like dogs, cats, rabbits, and hamsters can all smell pretty bad. It makes sense to ask about bearded dragons too. Bearded dragons do not smell … Read more

Where is my bearded dragon going to live? That, in some form, is one of the very first questions that all bearded dragon owners ask. Not far behind that is “Can I keep them in an old aquarium, or do they need something just for reptiles?” Aquariums are okay temporary homes for young bearded dragons, … Read more

When we first got a bearded dragon, we were starting from scratch. We needed everything and knew nothing. Luckily, there is an amazing reptile store in Chicago (Curious Creatures) that helped us figure it all out. Before we picked up our beardie at the College that rescued her, we purchased all the things we would … Read more

Bearded dragons are pretty easy pets to take care of. There are only a few things you need to keep an eye on, as beardies are mostly self-sufficient. One of the key things to watch is the humidity level in their enclosure. Just like humans, humidity can play a role in both the comfort and … Read more

You would think that whether or not to give your pet water would have a pretty clear-cut answer. When it comes to bearded dragons, it does. The problem is that if you search that question online, you’ll see answers that range anywhere from no to yes and everywhere in between. Since the whole point of … Read more

We can think of no more hotly debated topic in the world of bearded dragons than finding the best substrate. Everyone has a firmly held opinion. The problem is that, on the whole, those views are based solely on one person’s experience. When selecting a substrate for your bearded dragon’s tank, you should choose one … Read more

Giving our beardies a wonderful place to live should be a primary concern for all bearded dragon owners. That starts with picking out the right size vivarium (terrarium or enclosure). Healthy, captive bearded dragons can grow to be up to 24” (61 cm) long. Being cramped in an enclosure that is too small will make … Read more

Oh. My. God. WHAT IS THAT SMELL?!?!? If you are a beardie owner, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Our loveable little dragons can take some mean-smelling dumps. Not only that, the runny piles they leave are a pain to clean up. If only they could be potty trained! Well, they can! It is … Read more

Basking spot for a bearded dragon

I live near Chicago, and I’m not the biggest fan of the cold we get in the winter. But at least I can put on a coat. As cool as I think it would be if my bearded dragon, Bacardi, could put on a coat when she’s cold, it wouldn’t actually do her any good. … Read more