The dry, desert-like regions of Australia are where bearded dragons first emerged on the continent. They are classified as ectotherms, which are also referred to as cold-blooded animals. Reptiles, like bearded dragons, have ways to keep their bodies at the right temperature that depend on the temperature of their surroundings.
In order to maintain their body temperature, dragons must spend a significant portion of each day sunning themselves. They frequently find the ideal perch to do this, such as a large rock or the trunk of a tree. With a ceramic heater, you can give your dragon enough safe infrared heat without putting its health at risk in any way. There are different ways to provide heat to bearded dragon.
Only experienced pet owners should consider purchasing one of these mats. Warmth can be provided by heating mats in multiple locations throughout a beardy tank. However, because of the potential for burns to your dragon as well as the risk of fire, beginners should steer clear of this option.
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Infrared (IR) Bulbs
Infrared bulbs have low wattages and are able to generate heat without actually emitting a great deal of light. The majority of infrared bulbs emit a purple or red glow. Bearded dragons are not capable of seeing the light that is emitted from these bulbs.
When connected to a power supply, insulated cables may produce some amount of heat. To control the temperature of your beardy dragon’s habitat, you can wrap the wires in the form of a coil or loop them around the tank.
What Temperatures Do Bearded Dragons Need at Night?
Bearded dragons live in the desert, so they are used to the high temperatures there and actually do better in them. The temperature in the Australian deserts can drop by a significant amount once nightfall arrives. Bearded dragons have gotten used to the cooler temperatures at night, so they hide away during this time to rest and get better. These temperatures should be emulated at night in your enclosure at around 70-75°F.
If you live in a very hot climate, you may be concerned that the ambient temperatures at night may be at levels that are too high for your bearded dragon. Bearded dragons in the wild prefer warmer climates. There are many different approaches you can take to bring down the temperature of the enclosure as well as your dragon. Your tank should have enough vents and airflow so that warm air doesn’t stay in one place for too long. You can encourage good airflow with fans and/or air-conditioning units in the room the enclosure is kept. You could also use a misting spray to directly cool off your dragon or the enclosure they are housed in. When you mist your plants, you should do it either very early in the morning or very late in the evening.
If you missed, the enclosure with too much water during the hours that the heat lamp is on, the relative humidity inside the enclosure will rise to a level that is unhealthy for desert-dwelling species. While we do want to create a natural drop in temperatures, we do not want to create an environment that is so cold that it will shock your reptile and possibly cause significant health issues. It should be kept in mind that temperature overnight should not drop below 65°F.It goes without saying that warm evenings are not the norm in every region of the world. There is a high probability that the night will bring significantly lower temperatures.
Do bearded dragons need heat at night?
There is a possibility that bearded dragons do not require heat at night. If the temperature in your home drops well below 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night, you may need to invest in some heating. If your house does tend to get a little chilly at night, we suggest purchasing a blue bulb with 75W of power.
How do I keep my bearded dragon tank warm at night?
Following steps should be taken to keep bearded dragon tank warm at night
- Remove the bearded dragon from its enclosure and secure it.
- Heat the water to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).
- Bathe your bearded dragon in warm (not hot) water, making sure that its vents and skin can absorb an adequate amount of the liquid. The optimal length of a bath is between 20 and 30 minutes.
- Place your beardy in its designated sunbathing area.
Figure: Dwarf bearded dragon (https://pixabay.com/photos/dwarf-bearded-dragon-agame-reptile-2393204)
How can I keep my lizard warm at night?
If you require heat, you should instead make use of a ceramic heat emitter. If the temperature in your room stays above 65 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the night, you won’t need to use the heater. The thermostat that people normally use to control heaters is set to activate the CHE whenever the temperature falls below 70 degrees.
Figure: Bearded dragon (https://pixabay.com/photos/bearded-dragon-cub-pogona-2068975)