How Long Do Bearded Dragons Live?
Bearded dragons pets can live from 8 to 14 years with proper care and love. Bearded dragons are one of the most popular reptile pets. They are so famous you can find them in most pet stores across the United States. Bearded dragons are great pets because of their great personality. Kids can handle them, they love to cuddle and often show affection to their owners.
There are many factors that determine how long a bearded dragon lives. Below are the 11 major factors that have an impact on the length of years your bearded dragon can have.
If you feed your bearded dragon unhealthy food it will lower their health and lower the length of life. Their diet should be a mix of protein and vegetables. How much you give of each depends on their age.
- Baby (hatchling to 5 months old)
- 60% – 80% insects and 20% – 40% vegetables and greens
- Feed a baby 4 or 5 times per day
- Juvenile (5 months old to 18 months old)
- 50% insect and 50% vegetables and greens
- Feed around 3 times per day.
- Adult (over 18 months in age)
- 25% – 30% insect and about 70% – 75% vegetables and greens
- Feed 1 or 2 times a day
Size of tank, heating, proper amount about UV light, and proper substrate are essential things you need to get right. If you don’t have even one of these right it can have a huge and even fatal impact on your bearded dragon. Check out the video below for everything you need to know to set up a bearded dragon’s habitat.
Kept in captivity
Bearded dragons in the wild experience many more dangers than those as pets. They have to worry about predators like birds, lizards, and snakes. They also have to worry about finding food. Because of these bearded dragons in captivity live longer. Bearded dragons in captivity live 8 to 12 years while the ones in the wild usually live up 5 to 8 years.
Giving birth takes a lot of stress and energy out of a bearded dragon. Females that breed have shorter lifespans than those that are not. Males are not affected by breeding.
Bearded dragons are lone rangers and very territorial. If you put more than one bearded dragon in the same tank it can cause fighting and injury. This will cut short the life of your dragon. If you do decide to have more than one beardie make sure they both have separate tanks.
Males generally outlive females. Unfortunately, it is very hard to tell the sex of a dragon until they are 8-12 months of age.
There are 8 species of bearded dragons that exist (though some sources say nine or 10). They are:
- Pogona barbata – Eastern bearded dragon
- Pogona henrylawsoni – Rankin’s dragon, Black-soil bearded dragon, Dumpy dragon, Dwarf bearded dragon
- Pogona microlepidota – Kimberley bearded dragon
- Pogona minima – Western bearded dragon
- Pogona minor – Western bearded dragon, Dwarf bearded dragon
- Pogona mitchelli – North-west bearded dragon
- Pogona nullarbor – Nullarbor bearded dragon
- Pogona vitticeps – Central bearded dragon or inland bearded dragon
The one most common as pets is the Central Bearded Dragon. This is usually what you will find in pet stores.
Like people, genes make a difference for bearded dragons. You might not be able to find the family medical history of a bearded dragon. You can make sure you get yours from a reputable breeder. Find a breeder that has a history of breeding healthy dragons.
Keeping your bearded dragon’s habitat clean is vital for the longevity of your pet or any pet for that matter.
You should remove any poop and uneaten food every day.
You should clean all the surfaces of the tank. You should use a cleaning solution that is safe for your bearded. We recommend a 1 part vinegar 4 part water solution. If you notice any accessories in the tank that are dirty you should clean those as well.
You should do a full deep clean every month. This means cleaning the entire habitat, all accessories, and substrate.
Beardies get sick like us. If you notice any abnormal behavior get them to a veterinarian. Try to find a veterinarian that is a herps specialist. Herp veterinarians are different from other veterinarians. They sought out additional training to learn far more about reptile and amphibian medicine than is covered in the usual veterinary school. Use the Find A Vet Search on the Association of Reptile and Amphibians Veterinarians website to find one near you.
How to Tell How Old A Bearded Dragon Is
It is hard to tell how old a bearded dragon if they are adult-sized. If they are still growing you can use the size of the bearded dragon to find out the approximate age of your beardie.
- Baby 0-3 Months
- 3 in (7.6 cm) to 4 in (10 cm) 0-1 months
- 5 in (13 cm) to 9 in (23 cm) = 2 months
- 8 in (20 cm) to 11 in (28 cm) = 3 months
- Juvenile 4-12 Months
- 9 in (23 cm) to 12 in (30 cm) = 4 months
- 11 in (28 cm) to 16 in (41 cm) = 5-6 months
- 13 in (33 cm) to 20 in (51 cm) = 7-8 months
- 16 in (41 cm) to 22 in (56 cm) = 9-12 months
- Adults 18+ Months
- Adults can range between 12-24 inches.
These are estimations. Each bearded dragon grows at different speeds.
Bearded dragons have a long life span compare to other pet reptiles. If you take proper care of them and give them the love they deserve they can be with you for a very long time. You will have years to enjoy their personalities and quirks. They will be a part of your family that you will enjoy and cherish. Check out our guide to learn more about how to take care of your bearded dragon.