Bearded Dragons and Heat
How Long Can Bearded Dragons Go Without Heat?
Bearded dragons are lizards that are native to Australia and thrive in hot and arid climates. Bearded dragons require adequate heat to help regulate their body temperature and if their environment is too cold, they can become unhealthy. So, how long can bearded dragons go without heat?
Bearded dragons need a source of heat that maintains a temperature between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The best way to provide this heat is with an undertank heater, ceramic lamp, or basking light – all of which should be used in conjunction with a thermometer so you can monitor the temperature.
Without enough heat, bearded dragons can suffer from metabolic problems, respiratory infections, muscular weakness, and slower growth.
Length of Times Without Heat
Bearded dragons can go for short amounts of time without heat, but it’s not recommended. Over the course of an hour or two, your bearded dragon can be fine – it just has to be able to find a suitable spot to bask in, or they may curl up in a ball to conserve body temperature.
Anything beyond a couple of hours without heat is not recommended and could cause health issues down the line.
Creating a Warm Habitat
Since bearded dragons are used to warm climates, it’s important you create an environment that mimics their natural habitat. Here are some tips for making your reptile’s habitat more warm and inviting:
- Add an undertank heater to provide a consistent source of heat.
- Supplement daytime with a basking light set up.
- Avoid air drafts from windows and air conditioners.
- Use a digital thermometer to monitor the temperature.
- Cover some of the sides of the vivarium with newspaper or cardboard to help keep heat inside.
- Don’t place your bearded dragon too close to the window.
Bearded dragons need to have a consistent source of heat in order to thrive and be healthy. While they can go for a few hours without heat, it’s not recommended to keep them without heat for too long. To make sure their environment is suitable, create a warm and inviting habitat with a basking light and undertank heater and use a digital thermometer to monitor their temperature.