If you own more than one bearded dragon, or you’re thinking of getting another one, housing them in the same vivarium can seem like a good, practical decision.
But this isn’t always the right thing to do.
Bearded dragons are solitary creatures in the wild and depending on the sex of your bearded dragons, housing them in the same tank can lead to trouble.
Read on to find out when it’s okay for bearded dragons to live together and when they should be housed separately.
Living alone is preferable
Wherever possible, it’s preferable to only have one bearded dragon per tank. Bearded dragons live a solitary life in the wild, and their health and happiness doesn’t rely on interactions with others (i.e. it won’t get lonely if it doesn’t have a friend).
So if you’ve got more than one, the ideal solution is to house them a vivarium stack.
Vivarium stacks can usually house 3-4 reptiles in vivariums stacked on top of each other and they provide each bearded dragon with its own living space. They’re also a good space-saving solution if you have more than one bearded dragon.
We’d recommend these popular vivarium stacks from Vivexotic:
Even though it’s better to house your bearded dragons in separate vivariums, it is sometimes okay to keep more than one in the same tank.
Just beware of the following situations:
Keeping male and female bearded dragons together
Male and female bearded dragons can be kept together as long as there is only one male in the tank (to avoid the territorial battles mentioned above).
However, a female bearded dragon should not be housed with a male bearded dragon until she is at least two years old.
Just remember that if you don’t want your bearded dragons to reproduce, don’t keep males and females in the same vivarium.
Never keep two male bearded dragons together
Keeping female bearded dragons in the same tank is fine, but it’s not a good idea to keep two male bearded dragons in the same tank.
The males have very intense territorial streaks, which can lead to aggressive behaviour and physical harm. Always avoid housing male bearded dragons together.
Keeping adult and baby bearded dragons together
Keeping adult and baby bearded dragons together can also be problematic – and potentially very harmful for the younger reptile.
It’s very likely that the adult bearded dragon would snatch up all the food leaving none for the other and resulting in starvation.
If you do decide to let them live together, keep a close eye on the situation and separate them as soon as any fierce behaviour or biting occurs.
It goes without saying that you’ll need a large vivarium if you’re planning on letting two bearded dragons live together. We’d recommend at least a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft vivarium but the larger, the better. These popular Vivexotic vivariums would be perfect:
Now you know whether more than one bearded dragon can live together, stay on Vivarium World for even more bearded dragon care advice:
- Bearded Dragon Setup Guide
- Why You Shouldn’t Use Heat Mats for Bearded Dragons
- What is the Right Size for a Bearded Dragon Vivarium?
- 5 Reasons Bearded Dragons Make Great Pets