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How Long Does a Bearded Dragon Live?

How Long Does a Bearded Dragon Live?

Bearded dragons, sometimes known as 'beardies', are one of the most common lizards bred in United States. They can live 10 to 15 years or more, so it's a big investment and it's important to keep them as close to the wild as possible.

    What is the average lifespan of a bearded dragon?

    Bearded dragons live in harsh environments in the wild. They must hunt for their own food, struggle for survival and avoid the various dangers of wilderness life. As a result, their lifespan is somewhat limited. A typical bearded dragon in the wild has a lifespan of 3-8 years. Dragons, who live to age 8, are an exception, as most die around the age of 5-6.

    With dragons in captivity, the situation is clearly different. The existence of domestic dragons is not very complicated. He is well fed at home and no one wants to eat it even if it. As a result, bearded dragons can be expected to live much longer. The average lifespan of a bearded dragon in captivity is 8-15 years.

    Life StageDuration
    Old Age8 years or more
    Embryonic50 to 85 days to hatch.
    JuvenileWhen they reach eight inches in length, it starts.
    Mature Adult4 to 7 years old
    Young adult1 to 3 years old.
    HatchlingFrom being born till eight inches in length.

    Is it possible for a bearded dragon to live more than 20 years?

    There was no bearded dragon that lived more than 20 years. But recently, the Guinness Book of Records recognized Sebastian, the British bearded dragon who lived for 18 years and 237 days! He was born in 1997 and died in January 2016.

    With strong genetics and proper care, captive bearded dragons can survive for more than 10 years, and some can even live up to 15 years. The lifespan of bearded dragons should ideally be long as the quality of bearded dragon breeding improves.

    How long does a bearded dragon live in captivity?

    A well-groomed pet bearded dragon has a lifespan of 8 to 12 years. Predation is not a concern for bearded dragons in captivity. They don't have to deal with issues like lack of food or water. These factors help it to live longer with a balanced diet.

    Captive bearded dragons can live much longer than wild animals. On the other hand, pets that are not properly cared for die early.

    Bearded dragons need adequate lighting, warmth, humidity, space, nutrition and supplements to survive. Investing a few more minutes each day in your gecko care can make your gecko healthy and happy. It will also extend their lifespan.

    Bearded Dragon: How Long Do You Live?

    Bearded dragons have a lifespan of 12 to 18 years.

    There have been a few instances where the beardie survived to age 14 and over. Even for bearded dragons taken in captivity, this is unusual. Good genetics, hard work, proper housing, and nutritious food are all part of the science behind these long-lasting beards.

    It is unlikely that a bearded dragon will survive to age 14, but it is possible. The subspecies Pogona vitticeps surviving 18 years holds the world record.

    Bearded Dragon's Tips for Longevity

    There are a few things you can do to ensure a long and happy life for your bearded dragon. Among them are:

    Make your bearded dragon comfortable.

    Keeping the bearded dragon's habitat warm is important for general well-being and survival. You'll need to provide them with a heat lamp as well as provide access to shade and lower temperatures. Bearded dragons are just as susceptible to overheating as cold.

    Keep a moist environment for them.

    Bearded dragons can thrive in hotter environments, but as pets they need some humidity. This is because many lizards can get respiratory problems and infections if they do not maintain the specified humidity. Make sure the bearded dragon's habitat is well ventilated and has plenty of water.

    Factors Affecting Lifespan of a Bearded Dragon

    The lifespan of a bearded dragon is determined by a number of variables. This includes aspects such as residence, genetics, treatment,  care, nutrition, gender, and environment.

    It's important to understand that nothing is certain about a bearded dragon's lifetime (or pet). Even if you do everything perfectly, your pet can be in bad luck.

    However, taking the proper steps can dramatically increase the chances of a bearded dragon surviving long-term.

    1. Give a healthy diet

    The lifespan of your bearded dragon will be greatly affected by a good diet. Just like humans (or any other animal), the quality of the food you provide will help your pet stay healthy and fight disease.

    Bearded dragons are omnivores, consuming both animals and plants. If you want your beardie to live as long as possible, you need to give it a balanced and healthy diet.

    The age of the beardie determines what to feed. Young geckos need a high-protein diet, so a diet consisting of 80% insects and 20% vegetables and vegetables should be provided.

    At 18 months, bearded dragons are considered mature. As adults, beards have reached the end of their growth cycle and require less protein in their diet. Adult lizards should consume a diet consisting of 20% insects and 80% vegetables and vegetables.

    2. Conditions and Environment

    Caring for a bearded dragon requires a lot of forecasting and planning. Bearded dragons are native to Australia, so the cage must match their natural habitat. This entails maintaining a certain temperature as well as a set amount of light and humidity. If this requirement is met, the dragon will stay healthy, otherwise the dragon's lifespan will be shortened.

    Split the tank in two halves, one colder and the other hotter. Depending on the age of the dragon, the heated area should be between 96 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature on the cold side of the tank should be between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, UVA and UVB must be delivered by the light bulb you use. Humidity level should be kept below 40%, so correct water arrangement and install a hygrometer on the inside wall of the dragon tank.

    Also consider the environment of the dragon. Newspapers, sand, bark, coconut husks and other materials are alternatives. On the other hand, dust and fine particles on the substrate can cause shocks, infections and other health problems. Dragons that regularly suffer from health problems may have a shorter lifespan.

    3. Illness

    Monitoring a Bearded Dragon's health is one of the most effective strategies to prolong its lifespan. It is important to prevent disease and recognize early warning signs. Bearded dragons should see a veterinarian at least once a year.

    One of the most prevalent diseases in this species is metabolic bone disease. It is a non-infectious disease that affects bone function. As the disease progresses, deformities of the mouth, spine, and forelimbs occur. It is possible that the forelimbs are spread horizontally.

    Lack of UVB radiation and calcium supplementation are two common defects in pets that contribute to this condition.

    4. Humidity and temperature conditions

    To prolong the life of the Beardie, the cage must be kept at an appropriate temperature. In their tank, Beardie needs both a basking area and a cooling area. Depending on age and time of day, bearded dragons require varying temperatures.

    Warm areas should be between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit for newborns and 96 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit for adolescents and adults. Beardie's tanks should be kept cold to around 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit for newborns and 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit for adolescents and adults. At night, Beardie's tank temperature should be between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, regardless of age.

    In addition to the basking light, the beardie's tank must contain a UVA/UVB light source. Your beardie needs light to digest food, and if you don't provide it they will not be healthy.

    It is recommended to keep the humidity in the bearded dragon's habitat below 40%. A hygrometer can be used to check the humidity level in the beard tank. Otherwise, respiratory infections (which can shorten lifespan) can occur.

    5. Reproduction

    If you want her to live as long as possible, consider not mating her with females.

    Reproduction shortens the lifespan of the female. It causes an increase in abdominal fat and a decrease in the mass of the pelvis and extremities. These variables negatively affect her health and shorten her life expectancy.

    The amount of energy expended during reproduction and egg laying has a significant impact.

    Females can lay many eggs, containing 15 to 25 eggs each. The higher the burden she puts on her body, the more eggs she lays.

    If you decide to breed your bearded dragon, help her recover. After laying the eggs, they are fed by hand for several days.

    6. Genes

    Regardless of species, genes are important. To play basketball in the NBA, you need genetics to be able to stand more than six feet. Otherwise, there is no chance. However, a dragon's lifespan is influenced by heredity. Long-lived dragons have healthy and durable genes.

    Buying from a reputable breeder can ensure that your dragon's genes are healthy and strong. Bearded dragons are sold at large pet stores, but there is no warranty and we don't know where they came from. These dragons are often produced and maintained on low-quality farms that prioritize profits over healthy individuals.

    But the breeder's reputation is at risk. In addition, they typically operate on a small scale, putting a lot of effort into genetic enrichment through selective breeding. Breeders want to create high-quality, healthy dragons, so they put a lot of effort into improving the dragon's gene pool. If you buy a dragon from one of these breeders, you can get that bonus.

    7. Dimensions

    Bearded dragons live longer with larger dragons than smaller ones. Large lizards appear to be more robust than small lizards (comparing the lifespan of a bearded dragon to a Rankine dragon, for example).

    The best way to get your bearded dragon to grow as large as possible is to feed it a well-balanced, healthy diet and give it plenty of space. If the bearded dragon's habitat is too small, make sure there is enough room for the lizard to grow.

    Suppressing them makes them uncomfortable and increases stress levels over time. This can also have a detrimental effect on their life expectancy.

    Where can I find bearded dragons in the wild?

    The rough, dry deserts of the Australian outback are home to wild central bearded dragons.

    Due to their docile nature, small stature, and relatively low level of care, they were sent to many countries such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s to be kept as pets.

    They are now kept as pets worldwide and are carefully bred to produce different colors and patterns of scales, just as dog and cat breeds have been altered by selective breeding.

    Is it expensive to raise a bearded dragon?

    In general, caring for all reptiles can be expensive, at least initially.

    The initial cost of a pet bearded dragon ranges from $300 to $1,000 or more, depending on the size and structure of the cage, the type or shape of the bearded dragon obtained, and the breeder from which the reptile was obtained.

    However, in addition to the initial expenses, there are many additional costs associated with raising a bearded dragon over time.

    You should take your pet to the veterinarian for a checkup at least once a year. Tests can cost hundreds of dollars (or more if they have a health problem).

    Bear in mind that bearded dragons can live up to 15 years, and in exceptional circumstances they can live even longer.

    They consume many foods that can become costly over time, including fresh vegetables, fruits, and live prey insects.


    Bearded dragons have a rather long lifespan and can be affected by a number of factors. This will allow you to spend more time with your wonderful pets!

    For example: The bearded dragon Sebastian is the world's longest-living dragon, living 18 years and 237 days. If it doesn't give you hope, nothing can give you hope that your dragon will live a long and happy life!

    Bearded dragons live as pets for 8 to 12 years. Conditions such as predation, food shortages and drought shorten the lifespan of wild animals from five to eight years. In general, the older a beardie is, the longer they live.

    Dragons who have survived more than 12 years are considered an exception. Diet, enclosure, sex, genetics, size, species and breed all affect a bearded dragon's lifespan.

    We hope this guide has provided you with some valuable information to help you take good care of your beardie. They deserve it.

    The general idea is that, except for unexpected bad events, your dragon will live as long as you take care of it as long as you allow it. A well cared dragon can enjoy a long and productive life.

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    About the author

    I am Paige and I love pets. I have a bearded dragon and a husky. My bearded dragon's name is Bart and he is a lot of fun. He likes to eat crickets and play in his cage. My husky's name is Sandy and she is a lot of fun, too. She likes to run and play in the park. I love taking them for walks and playing with them. They are both a big part of my family.
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