Top 3 Best Bearded Dragon Cages that Your Beardie Will Love to Call Home

Whether your bearded dragon is itty-bitty or a total Goliath, one thing is for sure… they need the proper cage to ensure they’re not only happy but healthy too!

We’ve discussed everything from what the best habitats for bearded dragons look like to the best substrates and even plants to include. But now? 

Now we’re going to specifically discuss the best bearded dragon cages and terrariums because without them, well, you couldn’t even have a habitat!

So, if you’d like to discover the best bearded dragon cages, simply keep reading or use the quick navigation tool below to be taken to a specific topic.

However, before we begin it is important to note that these options in the list are simply the “best” because they are sure-fire, high-integrity terrariums that are built to last.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you couldn’t find another tank/cage that is of quality for less.

Instead, look at this list as offering simple, full-proof options that take the hassle out of shopping.

In a hurry or just plain curious? 

These specific enclosures are the most popular amongst Bearded Dragon owners and come in a variety of price points and styles!

Avoid Buying the “all in one” or “starter” Kits from Pet Stores as These Tend to be Crap

Between giving you bulbs that don’t emit enough UVB, to being really small… you’re better off buying a stand along cage and setting it up yourself.

best bearded dragon cage

Bearded Dragon Cage Size

So, first thing’s first!

Before we actually get into discussing what specific cages or terrariums are great to buy, let’s make sure you understand what size you need based on the age and size of your dragon. 

It’s extremely important that as your bearded dragon grows up, you give them a large enough cage to ensure they have plenty of room to run around and get their exercise.

Click HERE to read a longer in depth post about proper cage size

Baby Bearded Dragon Cage Size 

For a baby bearded dragon, you’re definitely going to want to go no smaller than a 20 gallon (30 inches long by 13 inches wide by 12 inches deep) tank.

Baby bearded dragon basking temperature

However, you’ll honestly be much better suited just buying a 40 gallon (48 inches long by 12 inches wide by 14 inches deep) tank since you’ll need to upgrade to this size by the time your bearded dragon reaches 3 to 4 months anyways. 

Try not to place them in a tank/cage larger than 40 gallons as this can lead to difficulty for them hunting feeders.

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Juvenile Bearded Dragon Cage Size 

For dragons that are at least ten inches long (Typically 4/5 months and older) but not yet full-grown, consider keeping them in a tank/cage that is the equivalent of at least 40 gallons, but ideally 55 to 75 gallons (48 inches long by 18 inches wide by 20 inches deep).

Beautiful bearded dragon vivarium

Full Grown Bearded Dragon Cage Size

Now, a full-grown lizard or a lizard that is 15 to 18 months old, is going to do best in a tank or cage that is 100-120 gallons… especially if they’re on track to be a large lizard (over 18 inches)! 

However, at a bare minimum you could get away with a 55-gallon for a relatively small adult bearded dragon, although I still recommend sizing up from here and doing at least a 75-gallon.

Just make sure whatever size cage/tank/terrarium you settle on, that you dragon can pivot and turn themselves around with ease.

The Best Bearded Dragon Cages, Terrariums, and Tanks

Alright, now let’s jump right into discussing what cages are your best options!

Top Overall Pick: Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium Extra-Long

Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium, Tall Extra-Long Deep 48Lx24Dx24H, Easy Assembly

If you’re okay with spending a little extra to get a really awesome terrarium, that will be suitable for your bearded dragon for their entire life, then this terrarium is for you!

Around 67 gallons, this beautiful terrarium includes a waterproof base, hinge doors, and even key-lock security.

This terrarium is simply gorgeous and well thought out, providing the perfect amount of space for an older juvenile or adult bearded dragon.

With a mesh top that is designed perfectly for lamps and glass that perfectly retains heat, you’ll be spoiling your bearded dragon with this excellent one-time investment that will last their lifetime.

Best Pick for Juveniles: Reptizoo Reptile Glass Terrarium

REPTIZOO Reptile Glass Terrarium,Double Hinge Door with Screen Ventilation Reptile Terrarium 36

Coming in at a little above 50 gallons, this glass terrarium by Reptizoo would make any juvenile to adult bearded dragon between the length of 10 to 16 inches super happy to live in!

A little on the small size for a full grown adult bearded dragon, this tank is great for someone who needs that “in between” tank size while they’re waiting to either have the adult tank custom built OR find the perfect setup.

Best Pick for Babies: Exo Terra All Glass Small Wide Terrarium

Hagen Exo Terra Short All Glass Terrarium, 24 by 18 by 12-Inch

If you’ve got a super young bearded dragon, then this 25-gallon tank is the perfect fit for you!

At 25 gallons, your bearded dragon will have plenty of room to scurry around and also practice his or her hunting skills.

This tank will work just fine until your bearded dragon grows longer than 10 inches.

This terrarium also includes a realistic looking rock background to help your bearded dragon feel even more at home.

In addition to this background, this tank comes with dual opening doors and a removable screen top that makes it a breeze to access your bearded dragon.

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15 thoughts on “Top 3 Best Bearded Dragon Cages that Your Beardie Will Love to Call Home”

  1. Where do i find these types of tanks, i plan on getting a baby dragon soon and would love to get on and set it up before getting my dragon.

    • Hi David!

      Amazon is a great source. If you’re looking for a tank for a baby bearded dragon, I highly recommend checking out this list I put together with options that would work great for a baby beardie. My personal top pick would be the one by Carolina Custom Cages because it will buy you a lot of time before having to switch them into an adult tank and the construction can’t be beat. But, if money is tight, the Exo Tera 24x18x18 would also work nicely because it’s about 33 gallons.

      Ultimately, any of the cages on the list will work, it just varies for how long as your bearded dragon grows bigger and bigger.

      Please keep in mind if you do opt for a smaller tank at around 20 gallons, this is really only suitable for a bearded dragon until 4 months of age. At this point, it’s best to switch them over to a 40-60 gallon tank and then later into something ideally 75 gallons or so once they are fully grown.

      Hope this helps!

  2. I appreciate the reviews, it was informative. I’m in the process of updating my bearded dragon tank to a 48x24x24 or 120 gallon tank. Both Carolina and Reptizoo has that size tanks. What is your recommendation between the two, and if possible why? Thanks

    • That’s awesome. Your beardie is going to be so spoiled to all that extra room. I love hearing about people providing more space as their beardie ages and not keep them in 40 gallon breeders their whole life. Good on you.

      If i had to pick between the two, I would go Carolina all day. I have been blown away but the craftsmanship of their cages and mine have lasted for many years. I don’t really think they can be beat. Both options are great, but if you can swing it, grab the Carolina. You won’t be sorry!

  3. Hi everyone
    We have a ExoTerra 36″ x 18″ x 18″ terrarium (he’s still a juvenile, we will get him a bigger Terrarium). We have one corner of the terrarium that is heated correctly at 96 degrees but its only where his hammock is up high. I’m a little overwhelmed right now on the light and heat thing. Please help.


    • Hi Russ!

      Proper bearded dragon lighting and temperature is CRUCIAL to keeping your beardie healthy. There are a lot of details that go into it and rather than go on and on in this comment thread, I highly recommend you check out my Bearded Dragon Lighting & Temperature Guide article. It will walk you through everything you need to know.

      Hope this helps!

  4. I went a 36x18x36 from ExoTerra. Was very expensive, but Ringo loves it! It came with some weak foam background I broke very quickly. Ended up ordering a special order background. Made from some kind of concrete molded off of a rock wall. It looks like a enclosure you would see at a Zoo. I love it to death. is where I got the background.

  5. Hi,
    Our beardie has recently been stressed out and glass surfing. We are thinking he may need a larger enclosure. He is in a 55 gallon and is about 18 months old. Unfortunately we can’t find any of the larger tanks you recommend (I’m in Canada if that matters). Any suggestions? I’m devastated to see him in distress! He is my son’s pet but I just adore him so much. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

  6. I have my baby bearded in a glass tank
    But my daughter has a huge ReptiBreeze Open Air Screen Cage
    Can I put it in there ?

  7. I am thinking of getting a baby bearded dragon and wondered if getting the Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium Extra-Long for a baby was too extreme? I kinda want to do the one and done. Or would you suggest going with the 40 gal first then upgrade it to Carolina custom cage?

  8. Hello! I’m planning on getting a bearded dragon and i was looking up care and habitat info to make sure i give the little guy a nice home! My boyfriend wants to build one made out of plexiglass. I did some research and saw on here that people did the same while seeing no complaints about it. Would it be safe for a baby bearded dragon to be in a plexiglass tank?

  9. can I just start my beardie in a large tank so I never have to change it? I’m looking at getting one from a breeder who is about 2-3 months old.


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