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Postby Delilaheve » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:20 pm

So i got my first bearded dragon today from a pet store i work at, and typically my boss leaves the bearded dragons light on (shes about 12-14 inches long, 1 year old) all day and night. So, do i continue to do the same as they did or is it better to do the 12 hours on and 12 hours off as long as the temperature stays the same in the tank??
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Re: Question

Postby Terry15 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:21 pm

12 and 12. They need lights off at night
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Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:43 pm

Why is he keeping those dragons awake all nite? It sounds like you need some help w/ your dragon-- please post pics of your tank and lighting so we can help
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Postby CooperDragon » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:02 am

I agree, they need a dark environment overnight to sleep. 12hrs on 12hrs off is good. Even 14 or 15hrs on is good (especially in the summer months) but you don't necessarily have to follow the sunlight cycles exactly.
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Re: Question

Postby Ellentomologist » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:32 am

Hello Delilaheve! Welcome to the forum.

To answer your question, a 12-12 lights on light off cycle is better for your beardie. They need time to sleep, just like you and me. :-)

To go further, you can actually allow the terrarium to cool substantially during the night.

During the day time, you want a basking spot (an area large enough for your dragons entire torso to get into) that is about 100 degrees F or 38 degrees C (this is somewhat debated, some people I have seen have healthy dragons with a basking spot as cool as 90 degrees F or as hot as 110, which is a range of 32-43 degrees C). During the day, the ambient temperature (the temperature of the tank on the cool side) should be about 80 degrees F, or 27 C, though a few degrees one side or the other is again fine. I wouldn't go lower than 75F or higher than 85F, personally.

During the night time, the temperature of your house should be perfectly fine without any other heat source, assuming that's above 65 degrees F (18 C). Ideally, 70-80 degrees F (21-27 C) is the perfect temperature for your bearded dragon overnight, but they can tolerate a temperature as low as 55 degrees F if they have to - though long term this may cause some health issues.

Hope that helps!
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Re: Question

Postby Aaradimian » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:10 pm

They should also have a place to hide in case they feel the need. If there are other lights on near their viv., that might also bother them at night, so having that option would improve their well being, as long as it's understood that beardies who hide all the time (and are < 1 y.o.) probably have something going on that needs addressing.
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Postby Drache613 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:30 am

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