Bearded Dragons need an external heat sources such as the sun or heat bulb to heat their body up to the optimal temperature. And they spend much of their time basking under these heat sources. However, not everyone know how long bearded dragons need to bask for.
Without basking, digestion process of bearded dragons would be very difficult but too much of it can make them uncomfortable and disturb their day and nigh cycle. Thus, it is also absolutely essential to control the time of basking for bearded dragons.
#1 How long do bearded dragons bask?
It is not the same time of basking in bearded draons. I’ve seen lots of different Dragons and different ages that each of them has its own unique basking behaviour. Some bearded dragons will spend most of thier day time basking under the bulb and never seem to move. But some other only basking about 15 minutes and then move around and back to the basking spot again.
For most of the time, you should allow them to regulate thier body temperature as they want. This is because bearded dragon is more likely to bask after eating, so the more times a day they eat the more you should see them basking to help digest their food.
However, in some cases, these is maybe the problem from the basking bulb that make bearded dragons do not want to basking under it. How long they spend basking will also depend on the quality of your basking lamp and the heat it gives off. The bset thing you can do is to ensure that you give them with the best basking bulb for bearded dragons.
#2 How many hours of heating do bearded dragons need a day?
The fact that, bearded dragons don’t need heat at night. It like what they have in the natural habitat, bearded dragons do just fine without light which is a heat source, during the night. Due to this, you do not need to turn the basking bulb for 24/24.
When it comes to how long you keep lights on for a bearded dragon, I would like to recommed you leave the basking bulb for about 12-14 hour a day. It can be 8 hours a day in the fall and winter. This will most closely mimic their natural environment. Any need for light to be provided at night would be rendered all the more redundant.