Bearded dragons are semi-arboreal species, and therefore need more horizontal space than vertical. They spend most of their time on branches, in bushes, and near human habitation. They bask on rocks and exposed branches in the mornings and afternoons.
You will find mixed opinions online if you research the “ideal cage size” for bearded dragons. For example, some experts recommend a 75-gallon enclosure for adult bearded dragons while others think this size is too small for them. In this article, we are going to explain why a bigger tank is better for bearded dragons.
The minimum recommended enclosure size for a baby bearded dragon is 20-gallon. But keep in mind that bearded dragons can grow very quickly and they will soon outgrow the 20-gallon tank. You will need to buy a bigger tank ideally 120-gallon in a matter of few months.
Note: Healthy bearded dragons can grow up to 2 ft. long (inclusive of its tail).
So, rather than starting with a 20-gallon tank and buy larger tanks progressively as your bearded dragon grows, it’s better to go for the 120-gallon tank and have your beardie grow into it. Regardless, you don’t necessarily have to stick with the minimum tank size requirements.
We recommend getting the biggest cage possible. Doing so ensures your beardie has enough room to roam around and exercise. Bigger enclosures also make it very easy to install heat and lighting equipment without compromising any space.
Best 120 Gallon Bearded Dragon Tanks
Here is our list of recommended 120 gallon bearded dragon tanks.
4’x2’x2′ Wood Panel Reptile Enclosure by Zen Habitats
Zen habitat reptile enclosure is easily the best tank available in the 120-gallon category. It measures 4’x2’x2’ which is 120-gallon equivalent which means ample space for your bearded dragon room to run, jump, and exercise. This tank is designed primarily for bearded dragons however it can also be used for other desert lizards, snakes, tortoises, and other small animals that require a dry environment.
Zen Habitats Reptile Enclosure uses 1” anodized aluminum, bamboo finished wood panels, that can retain heat up to 10x better than glass. It comes with front sliding/removable acrylic doors that minimize stress when approaching your beardie.
This cage features a steel screen top that includes screen support bars and wire grommets to give you the flexibility to install your heating and lighting fixtures inside or outside the enclosure.
Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium
The 2nd best in the 120-gallon bearded dragon tank category is Carolina Custom Cage. These cages are very easy to assemble and are available in 21 different models. This specific model measures 48Lx24Dx24H which is equal to 120-Gallon offering a huge space for your bearded dragon.
This bearded dragon terrarium has impressive clear glass sides, offering clear visibility inside the cage. It also comes with sliding doors secured with a lock to make sure your beardie stays inside.