The lighting system we will install provides the UVB or ultraviolet radiation for the reptile while the heating system will provide a constant temperature in the habitat.
If you can give your Bearded Dragon a consistent dose of vitamin D in his daily meals you won’t need a UVB light. If you can’t, the UVB lighting will have to be installed.
The UVB lighting alone will not produce enough heat to the entire habitat. You will have to install a ceramic heating element to ensure the whole habitat is heated and not just the basking spot.
Another concern for the new reptile keeper is food.
Bearded Dragons are omnivores; they require nutrients from both plant and animal sources. They like to eat vegetables, fruits, worms, crickets, and locusts. You should feed your Bearded Dragon a variety of foods at each meal. This sounds like a tall order, but in the wild these little creatures forage for hours to collect edible plant and animal matter from dozens of species.
In order to have a long and healthy life in captivity your Bearded Dragon will need to have a balanced diet and you will also have to give them supplements to avoid common ailments that manifest in the Bearded Dragon in captivity.
For example: Did you know that if a Bearded Dragon doesn’t get enough time outside that they are at a higher risk of Metabolic Bone Disease? To reduce this risk vitamin D supplements are given to them to ensure that they will not have a calcium deficiency, and run the risk of its bones being cannibalized by their own bodies.