What Is the Average Price of a Bearded Dragon?
Updated: Aug 16, 2021
What is the average price of a Bearded Dragon? Great question! Let's jump in:
The average price for a typical bearded dragon is usually around $35-100. This will depend on the age and size of the beardie. Buyers will typically find the best bargains at pet stores. However, there is little if any diversity in color or specific breed.
More colorful bearded dragons that are harder to breed (such as Leatherbacks, Citrus, Orange/Reds, etc.) can cost anywhere between $200-600. This cost will depend on color vibrancy, age, and size.
Rare dragons such as blue, red, or purple color morphs can run upwards of $1000.
Overall, the initial investment buyers will make can be costly, but it's important to remember that you get what you pay for. Durable, quality beardie supplies will provide a healthy habitat for your bearded dragon and will last for years to come. Additionally, a healthy, well-bred bearded dragon will give you and your family years of fun adventures and memories with your new pet.
Bearded dragons can be amazing pets and they are one of the most famous breeds when it comes to reptile hobbyists. They are simple to care for and have a huge life span. They are also very friendly. Bearded dragons usually form a nice connection with their owners. They often respond to their caretaker's voice and engage in behavior that requires attention if their owner is near them. Bearded dragons are pretty, interactive, and amusing to watch.
However, before you go to a store and buy a friendly and cute lizard for yourself, you must consider all the costs of owning a bearded dragon. You must be aware of the ongoing and upfront expense you will have to incur to keep your dragon happy and healthy.
Buying a Bearded Dragon
The expense of buying a bearded dragon depends on many factors such as -
The inland dragon is the most common type sold as a pet even though there are many species. Some dragon morphs are bred to display specific attributes such as fun coloring and they can be a little expensive.
Juvenile dragons are cheaper than mature and large dragons. Baby beardies sell for around $25 to $65 whereas older dragons can be bought for around $100 or more.
The cost you will incur when you buy your dragon depends on whether you buy it from a breeder or a pet store. Dragons are often sold by online sellers and can also be bought at reptile expositions.
You must support responsible breeding of reptiles and deal with reputable sellers that are selling healthy reptiles. You must ask a lot of questions before buying a dragon.
Housing Your Pet Dragon
Before you can welcome your new friend home, you must create the perfect habitat for her or him.
You must buy an enclosure or a suitable tank. The cage must be made of clear plastic or glass and should have good construction. You must choose an enclosure that is big enough to accommodate a growing bearded dragon. A beardie needs a lot of space to grow into its size, there must be enough room to create a heat gradient that is required by a dragon to thrive. A tank for your dragon can cost anywhere between $50 to hundreds of dollars. The cage for a small bearded dragon must be a minimum of 20 gallons. Big dragons require a tank that measures 48" x 24" x 24" which is around 125 gallons. You can save money over time if you buy a big tank, to begin with. The cage must be sealed off at every corner to make sure your dragon does not escape or injure itself and you must properly disinfect the enclosure as well.
The cage must be made from materials that can be easily disinfected and cleaned. Use a cover that offers proper ventilation for your dragon in its habitat. You must use a screened top instead of a solid one to provide fresh air to your pet. A screened cover also prevents heat buildup. Some cages are available with a suitable top but you can also buy them separately. A good screened top usually costs around $25 to $50 based on the brand and size you choose. Once you have a nice enclosure, you can buy other things you require to provide your friend an enjoyable and safe home.
Heat lamps are very important for your pet's health. Bearded dragons need heat because they are cold-blooded and require external heat sources. You must create a desert environment for your dragons just like the wild and hence a nice heat gradient is required inside the enclosure. Hence, you must maintain different temperatures in various parts of the enclosure. The temperature range must be 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit during daytime in your dragon habitat's cool side whereas the hot side must be around 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 110 degrees for babies. These temperatures can be achieved with a heat lamp. Such lamps for dragons are available in different wattages and varieties. Most of them have a round fixture and they can be hung on top of the cage or set on the top as well. These fixtures are usually available for $25 to $50. A replacement bulb may cost around $5 to $10.
Extra Heat Sources
You could need a heating pad for your dragon habitat to maintain further warmth to keep your pet healthy. Heat pads usually cost around $15 to $30. You must read all the instructions on the heating pad before you use it so it does not pose a safety risk for your pet or become a fire hazard,
Heat rocks are not advised for a dragon enclosure.
Apart from heat lamps, dragon habitats also require UV light. Your tiny friend will require daily exposure to UV light to stay content and healthy. If you don't provide your pet with enough UV lighting then there can be severe health consequences for your pet. Usually, compact fluorescent bulbs, fluorescent lights, and mercury vapor bulbs are used for this purpose.
Just like heat lamps, UV bulbs can be bought with a fixture. You can purchase a combination lighting fixture that has fixtures for both a UV bulb and a heat bulb. UV lights cost around $10 to $50 or even more based on the style, size, and fixture you choose for your setup. UVB lighting is vital for a bearded dragon.
Lighting and Heating Accessories
You may require some supplies to help your lighting and heating setup run safely and efficiently such as
Because you shall plugin many lights and a heating pad, it is wise to have a surge protector strip. With a power strip, you can run many outlets for your habitat without causing a safety hazard. A strip is usually available for as low as $10 or as high as $50.
You can use a timer to put the lights on a timer to provide consistent and enough heating and lighting to your dragon. Timers are usually cheap and can be used and set up easily. Basic timers can be bought for as low as $20.
Thermometers can assist you in maintaining a nice heat gradient in the habitat. Cheap adhesive strip thermometers are enough and they can be replaced as often as you would like. You can choose from a variety of thermometers available in the market that cost as little as a couple of dollars to over $30.
You will also have to buy some covering for the enclosure's bottom.
Some dragon owners prefer tiles as flooring in their dragon's tank. The main benefit of a smooth substrate is how easy it is to disinfect and clean it. However, ceramic floors can be tough for your pet as they will not have enough traction when they chase crickets.
Many dragon owners choose thin carpet strips made for reptile enclosures. If you use such a carpet, you must sanitize and clean it regularly and replace it as soon as it shows signs of wear. Dragon claws can get stuck in frayed and loose carpeting.
Dirt, Sand, or Pebbles
Many people also use loose particle substrates such as sand in their habitat. There is still debate amongst experts whether it is a good option. Dragons encounter sand in their wild habitat but dirt and sand can also create a safety hazard for beardies if they ingest too much of it.
You must not switch the flooring of a grownup bearded dragon. If you want to introduce a new substrate then you must do so when your pet is a baby. A mature dragon may be unable to adjust to a new kind of floor.
Decorations for The Enclosure
If you want to make your dragon's habitat enjoyable, stimulating and healthy, then you must add some accessories to the enclosure.
Bearded dragons love climbing on stones which make for good perching and basking spots. Rocks can be bought from trusted retailers or pet stores. The rocks must be placed with caution so they do not fall on your pet.
Dragons love to perch and climb on branches. You can use pieces of driftwood as your dragon perches. You can buy a branch from any retailer or pet store as long as it is not contaminated. You must place the branch carefully so it is stable and your dragon can climb it without falling over.
If you want your dragon's habitat to appear authentic, you must introduce some plants to your dragon. You can check a pet store to choose a dragon safe plant to buy and place in the cage. You cannot put just any plant in your pet's enclosure.
Best of luck and check out our other posts for more information!
- The Beardie Bliss Team