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The Best Bearded Dragon Enclosure (Review) in 2020

Hagen Terra Glass Bearded Dragon Enclosure

Hagen Terra Glass Bearded Dragon Enclosure

Hagen Bearded Dragon Enclosure

Hagen Bearded Dragon Enclosure

Zilla Fresh Air Screen Habitat for Bearded Dragons

Zilla Fresh Air Screen Habitat for Bearded Dragons

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Dr Tracy Douglas
Published 12:47 pm

If you are reading this article, the chances are that you either own bearded dragon or you are making plans to own one very soon. There is still the chance that you are just curious about what a bearded dragon habitat enclosure is and the different designs on the market. A bearded dragon may not be everyone’s favorite pet choice. But for those who own one, these reptiles are quite fun to have. In this article, we will review the best bearded dragon enclosure that you should consider investing in if your current one needs an upgrade or if you are planning to own a bearded dragon.

The Best Bearded Dragon Enclosure

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We will set things rolling with the Exo Terra Glass Natural Terrarium as it is also our pick for the best choice for this review. First, it comes with the measurement of eight inches in length, eight inches in width, and twelve inches in height. Secondly, this bearded dragon tank is made of tempered see-through glass, which is durable and long-lasting. The terrarium also comes with a patented front window to ensure that your reptile friend gets all the ventilation it needs. Thirdly, the bottom frame has been raised to allow it to fit a substrate heater easily. Also, features are escape-proof door locks with inlets that can be closed. The closable inlets are for tubing management and wires.

Glass terrarium for reptiles

Escape-proof door locks

Closable inlets

Durable glass material

Specification:
  • Brand: Hagen
  • Model: PT2601
  • Weight: 1 pounds
Pros

Sturdy and hefty

Made with quality materials

Easy to feed through

Cons

Insects can hide in the columns behind the cage

Rocky backdrop

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The second entry onto our list is Tetra Aquarium Reptile Glass Kit With Two Dome Lamps. Just as its name suggests, this bearded dragon starter kit comes with two dome lamps to be placed on top of the aquarium. They are essential when it comes to offering warmth and prime basking. When fixed, Tetra Aquarium Reptile Glass Kit measures an impressive thirty inches in length with a capacity for twenty gallons of water. This bearded dragon terrarium also measures twelve inches in height and twelve inches in width. And, the kit features everything you will need to take care of your reptile buddy properly. These include cartridges, a decorative filter, heating lamps, basking platform, screen top, and boxwood plant mat. The decorative filter does not only create a beautiful waterfall and basking area but is also offers filtration in three stages.

It measures thirty inches in length, and twelve inches in height and width

Capacity for twenty gallons

Two dome lamps

Decorative filter

Specification:
  • Brand: Tetra
  • Model: NV33230
  • Weight: 41.4 pounds
Pros

Boxwood plant mat

Durable glass material

Three stages of filtration

Cons

Basking platform is too short

The locks on the lid are not strong enough

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Up next, we have the Zilla Vertical Tropical Kit. This glass aquarium can hold up to eleven gallons of water. This is equivalent to five inches of water. It features a mini halogen dome with a light bulb that sits on top of it and provides enough heat for the aquarium. Also, the front opening door comes with a hinged screen top and a locking latch. It is made of crystal clear, high-quality tempered glass to ensure that it is durable and long-lasting. It also features a patented front to allow for proper ventilation. It measures eighteen inches in height and twelve inches in length and width. Plus, it is very easy to clean and maintain.

Capacity for eleven gallons of water

Made of high-quality tempered glass

Front opening door with locking latch

Measures eighteen inches in height and twelve inches in length and width

Specification:
  • Brand: Zilla
  • Model: 100528750
  • Weight: 16.75 pounds
Pros

Allows for ventilation

Easy to clean

Mini halogen dome with light bulb

Cons

The top can be very hard to open

The door easily falls off

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Moving on, we have the Hagen Exo Terra Short All Glass Terrarium. If you are looking for a bearded dragon cage that is made of all-glass, then the Hagen Exo Terra Short All Glass Terrarium should not be far from your list of options. Just as its name suggests, the Hagen Exo Terra Short All Glass Terrarium stands very short at the height of twelve inches. However, its width and length both come with a measurement of eighteen inches. This gives the Hagen Exo Terra Short All Glass Terrarium its horizontal appearance. It comes with front doors that can be opened separately. It also has inlets that can be closed. The inlets can be used for tubing and wires. Another feature of this terrarium is a waterproof bottom that ensures that there are no drips and leakages under the cage.

Measures twelve inches in height by eighteen inches in width and length

Made of high-quality clear glass

Waterproof bottom

Closable inlets

Specification:
  • Brand: Hagen
  • Model: PT2603A1
  • Weight: 27.5 pounds
Pros

Front doors can open separately

Sturdy and durable

Reasonably priced

Cons

No glass backing after the foam wall

The screen top is made of plastic instead of metal

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Next on our list is the SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set. This glass aquarium set comes with a capacity of an impressive forty gallons. It is made of high-quality crystal-clear acrylic material that is sturdy and durable. Secondly, it is available in nine different designs to choose from. This combo set also features a reflector and a twenty-four inches electrical light fixture. Because it is made of acrylic instead of glass, it offers seventeen times more durability than the glass. And yet, it weighs half of what the glass aquariums weigh. It also offers better resistance to impact, cracks, and chippings. Plus, its elegant design makes it a beautiful addition to any space in your living environment. It is sturdy, durable, and easy to maintain.

Made of high-quality acrylic material

Enough capacity for forty gallons

Lightweight

Includes a reflector

Specification:
  • Brand: SeaClear
  • Model: X1010012400
  • Weight: 20 pounds
Pros

Available in nine different designs

Resistant to impact

Resistant to cracks and chippings

Cons

Top of the tank is prone to warping

The light fixture is not of good quality

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Zilla makes another entry onto our list with the Zilla Fresh Air Screen Habitat For Reptiles. For this review, the Zilla Fresh Air Screen Habitat For Reptiles is our pick for the best value. To begin with, it comes in two sizes – small size and an eighteen by eighteen size. Secondly, it features an aluminum frame that makes it sturdy and durable. Also, it comes with a screen made of strong black mesh. This is securely fastened to the aluminum frame and is also escape-proof. The bottom of the cage is made of PVC and, therefore, very durable as well as waterproof. Plus, it is very easy to put together. If you are looking for the best cage for a bearded dragon, you should not be looking too far from this one.

Available in two sizes

Maximum size of eighteen by eighteen inches

Water-resistant bottom

Easy to assemble

Specification:
  • Brand: Zilla
  • Weight: 4.94 pounds
Pros

Easy to assemble

Simple construction

Sturdy and long-lasting

Cons

No light dome for heat

Prone to warping

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From our best value pick to our premium pick, we have the Exo Terra All-Glass Terrarium. Exo Terra makes another entry onto our list with an easy contender for the best tank for bearded dragon. This glass terrarium comes with a patented front window that allows for enough ventilation. Also, the frame of the bottom is waterproof and has been raised in order to fit a substrate heater. The tank also features two doors for escape-free access. Plus, there are closable inlets for wires and tubing management. The tank comes with a measurement of thirty-six inches in length by eighteen inches in height and width.

Glass terrarium for reptiles

Waterproof base

Closable inlets for wires and tubing management

High-quality material

Specification:
  • Brand: Hagen
  • Model: PT2613
  • Weight: 58 pounds
Pros

Elegant design

Sturdy and spacious

Easy to clean

Cons

Not big enough for a full-grown bearded dragon

Breakable

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And, to our last but definitely not least entry, we have the Southern Enterprises End Table. If you are looking for something a bit different from the other bearded dragon enclosures that have been reviewed on this list, then you should check out this Southern Enterprises End Table. This simply-designed enclosure comes in two sizes to choose from. Its construction is composed of metal frames with glass screens and a black finish with silver distressing. It also features magnetic door closures with two holes that allow in enough ventilation. An iron sheet forms the base to make it waterproof and durable. The construction also comes with tall metal stands the elevate the base from the ground. This is an excellent addition to any area of your living space.

Available in two sizes

Magnetic door closures

Tempered glass screen

Metal frame

Specification:
  • Brand: Southern Enterprises
  • Model: AMZ2688
  • Weight: 34 pounds
Pros

Ideal for interior and exterior display

Simple yet elegant design

Sturdy and long-lasting

Cons

Thin glass

Sand falls off easily

Best Bearded Dragon Enclosure Buying Guide & FAQ

What to Consider When Buying a Bearded Dragon Enclosure

There are a few things to keep in mind when buying a bearded dragon enclosure.

  • Size: Always keep the size of your bearded dragon in mind before purchasing an enclosure. If you purchase a small size, your beardie might outgrow it, and you will end up having to purchase a bigger one later.
  • Material: The enclosures are made of several types of materials ranging from glass to PVC. Although the glass tanks are the most common ones available, they are usually very weighty and offer less ventilation as compared to the other types. Other enclosures are made of wire mesh, PVC, metal, and acrylic.
  • Security: You wouldn’t want your beardy escaping when you are not around, right? Thus, opt for an enclosure that offers the best security when it comes to covering up all escape routes. This also means that no foreign creatures will be able to make it into the enclosure.
  • Ventilation: While focusing on blocking off escape routes, you should ensure that your enclosure offers enough ventilation for your beardie.
  • Heat: Some enclosures come with heat bulbs that emit UVB. Heat is essential in ensuring that your beardie stays warm, as bearded dragons prefer hot environments. Be careful, though; some bulbs produce too much heat that may be harmful to your pet.
  • Vertical or horizontal: When it comes to bearded dragons, horizontal cages offer more ground space than the vertical ones.

Bearded Dragon Enclosure

What to Avoid When When Buying a Bearded Dragon Cage

After paying close attention to the things to look out for when buying a bearded dragon cage for your beardie, there are a few things to avoid.

  • All-In-One starter kits: As attractive as they may sound and look, you have to avoid buying all-in-one starter kits. Here’s why. Most all-in-one starter kits come in sizes that are too small for a growing bearded dragon. Also, most of the accessories that they come with, such as the heat bulbs are of low quality and always need to be replaced.
  • Size: The recommended size for a bearded dragon cage is sixty inches long by eighteen inches in width and eighteen inches in height. This is ideal for adult beardies. Always avoid smaller cages if you are buying for an adult beardie.

Type of Tank for a Bearded Dragon

When it comes to mimicking the ideal environments for a bearded dragon, a terrarium tank is the most ideal. This is because it gives you the chance to create an environment that comes close to a bearded dragon’s natural habitat with desert-like decorations and sand substrate. The heat domes also generate enough heat to mimic the preferred temperature that beardies are used to. The light from the bulbs also emits (or should emit) the right amount of UVB light that is essential for ensuring that your pet beardie has the right bone development and metabolism.

Best Bearded Dragon Enclosure FAQ:

Q: What should be the temperature for a Bearded Dragon vivarium?

A: As mentioned earlier, bearded dragons thrive well under humid conditions as they are designed to be desert dwellers. Thus, high temperatures are ideal for them. However, they also need a cooler spot in the enclosure to provide some sort of a gradient in the temperature. Thus, the warmest place in the vivarium should reach about forty-three degrees Celsius and should never fall below twenty degrees Celsius. Therefore, it is important always to monitor the temperature in your beardie’s enclosure.

Q: What size of terrarium do I need for a Bearded Dragon?

A: We have already indicated that a small size terrarium is not a bad choice for a growing bearded dragon. However, an adult beardie requires much more space since they love to move around a lot. The recommended size for an ideal terrarium should be seventy inches in length, eighteen inches in width, and twenty inches in height. Note that the greater amount of space is focused on the floor of the enclosure. Thus, in general, a horizontal terrarium with a capacity of about a hundred and twenty-five gallons is recommended.

Q: Do I need any special lights for my Bearded Dragon?

A: Proper lighting plays a bigger role than just giving you a good view of your beardie. Proper lighting is essential to the growth and well being of your bearded dragon. Unfortunately, some of the already-made tanks do not come with quality level lighting features. The best lighting combination for your beardie should comprise a separate UV fluorescent light source and a combination of an everyday clamp-lamp and an incandescent bulb.

Q: What’s the best substrate to use for my Bearded Dragon?

A: Generally, recommendations for the best substrate vary from user to user. However, it is important to keep in mind that when it comes to young bearded dragons, you should never use any kind of loose substrate as the chances of them accidentally swallowing up the substrate are very high. And this can lead to a lot of health problems. Another issue with using a loose substrate has to do with defecating. Beardies empty their bowels often. Thus, cleaning the substrate will become very difficult if it is loose. Some examples of recommended substrate include paper towels, newspaper, slate, and ceramic tiles.

Bearded Dragon on the rock

Our Top Pick

After reviewing some of the best dragon enclosures available on the market, our top pick remains the Exo Terra Glass Natural Terrarium. Here is a quick recap of its features. It is made of durable glass material and comes with a patented front window. It also features a raised bottom frame, which also doubles as a waterproof bottom. It measures eight inches in width and length; and twelve inches in height. Plus, it comes with escape-proof door locks and closable inlets.

Dr Tracy Douglas
Dr Tracy Douglas
General Practice Veterinarian, currently working at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Dr. Douglas began her veterinary career as a Veterinary Nurse in Highton Veterinary Clinic, Highton Victoria, and then as an Emergency Veterinarian in Uintah Pet Emergency, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tracy is particularly interested in surgery, neurology and internal medicine, which gives her a well-rounded knowledge on animal health and well-being. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne, while her undergraduate bachelor of science is from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
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