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  • The Proper Way to Set up a Bearded Dragon Enclosure

    Ive had my bearded dragon for a little over 6 months now (he is probably around 8 months old) and ive been using a "solar mercury" bulb. They are expensive as hell (35-40 per bulb) but can last for over 2000 hours (ive had mine for 4-5 months now about and its still working. Keep in mind i have it on approx. 14 hours a day)Ive researched and scourged the internet to make sure i have the best bulb for my dragon. Bearded dragons need their basking spot to be a lot hotter than most lizards (100°+) and most "basking" bulbs dont do justice. They also need a considerable amount of UVB rays that most bulbs dont produce that the solar mercury bulbs i have. Remember to ALWAYS have your highest basking point at least 6-8 inches from the light for optimal heating condition...see more »Ive had my bearded dragon for a little over 6 months now (he is probably around 8 months old) and ive been using a "solar mercury" bulb. They are expensive as hell (35-40 per bulb) but can last for over 2000 hours (ive had mine for 4-5 months now about and its still working. Keep in mind i have it on approx. 14 hours a day)Ive researched and scourged the internet to make sure i have the best bulb for my dragon. Bearded dragons need their basking spot to be a lot hotter than most lizards (100°+) and most "basking" bulbs dont do justice. They also need a considerable amount of UVB rays that most bulbs dont produce that the solar mercury bulbs i have. Remember to ALWAYS have your highest basking point at least 6-8 inches from the light for optimal heating conditions or else your lizard wont get the worth it needs. Ps. If your dragon is basking with its mouth open at the spot, consider it a good thing. Some sites may say that they are doing that because they are overheated but its actually what they do to cool down (similar to how dogs pant) when they are at their preferred peak of temperature. Pps. The bulb gets VERY hot and will stay very hot for a few minutes after it has been turned off. I recommend, as does common sense, to avoid touching it at all times (even the light dome since they are usually metal and black and conduct heat). If you absolutely MUST, wear heavy duty work gloves to handle it with

    As gink below me also said, the nocturnal bulb isnt necessary. As long as your room temperature is above or around 70, its just a waste of money. Beardies are diurnal and therefore dont need the light as do nocturnal reptiles

    http://m.petsmart.com/h5/hub?id=supplies%2Fbulbs-lamps%2Fnational-geographic-trade-solarheat-mercury-reptile-bulb-zid36-21562%2Fcat-36-catid-500036%3Fvar_id%3D36-21562This is the exact bulb i bought. I was a little generous on the price. Its usually 45 but petsmart had sales sometimes on them

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