Bearded dragons are one of the most popular pets! Their cool attitude and sleek body make them a top choice in the reptile world. They might not need much care, but with the right care, the life expectancy of a bearded dragon is between 8-14 years!
The Average Life Expectancy of a Bearded Dragon
The average life expectancy of these reptiles held in captivity is about 10 years. In the wild, because of food scarcity and predators, the life expectancy is much shorter. Bearded dragons held in captivity usually fall ill to diseases such as bone disorders and breathing problems. In order for your bearded dragon to live a long and fulfilling life, you must be sure to replicate it’s natural environment. So be sure to always keep track of the following:
- Basking Temperature
- Tank Temperature
This is the temperature of their basking spot. The basking spot is right under the heat bulb and should be set at about 95°F – 110°F or about 40°C.
This is the ambient temperature of the tank. The temperature furthest from the heat source should be about 80°F – 90°F or about 30°C.
Bearded dragons need 2 kind of lights, a light for heat and a light that mimics the natural sunlight. The heat(basking) light is very important because it provides heat while the full spectrum light provides UVA and UVB. Allow at least 10 to 12 hours of exposure to light each day.
Bearded dragons are used to desert-like conditions and thrive in a low humidity environment. Try to keep the humidity below 40%.
Here’s a bearded dragon that made it to 15 years!
Bearded dragons prefer a range of cockroaches, locusts, earthworms, and mealworms. As they become older they begin to eat more vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, celery, and mustard greens. They also are able to certain types of fruits and plants, but be aware, not all fruit and plants are digested easily.
Typically bearded dragons get the majority of their intake from their diet and don’t require a water bowl. However providing your bearded dragon with fresh water and a place to take a bath every once in a while is not a bad thing.
Wild bearded dragons get most of the vitamin D3 they need from natural sunlight, but animals held in captivity will need to supplement with additional Vitamin D3 and Calcium. Vitamin D3 cannot be absorbed without Calcium so they will need to be ingested together.
Breeding bearded dragons will significantly decrease the females lifespan. If you want to keep your bearded dragon as long as possible, it is advised to not have them breed.
There’s nothing better than having a personal veterinarian that can give you expert recommendations.
Bearded dragons are pretty simple pets to take care of, that’s why they are one of the most popular! It might also be the face that they look pretty awesome too! Overall, the life expectancy of a bearded dragon can go above the average of 10 years if you maintain well balanced and optimal conditions.
- Bearded Dragon Care Sheet, Bearded Dragon 101