It is important to provide your bearded dragon with a hide box when kept in captivity. In the wild, bearded dragons do not have the ability to fight off predators, so it must find a suitable place to hide.
This instinct still carries over in captivity, so you should provide the right hide box for a bearded dragon. A proper hide box is very important for baby and adolescent bearded dragons, but is also needed for adults.
Sometimes they just like to get away a bit and have somewhere to relax.
Here are some things you should keep in mind for selecting a proper hide box for a bearded dragon.
Selecting the Right Hide Box
A hide box can be made from just about anything that provides a secluded area for your bearded dragon and is safe to its health.
You can use clay pot, wooden planks, or even a suitable plastic bowl with a hole cut out as a doorway. You could even create your own fancy hide box.
The most important thing to remember is to make sure the hide box is large enough for your entire beardie to be able to get in.
A hide box will not be adequate if the lizard cannot fit into it. The bearded dragon wants to feel safe and sometimes completely secluded. The right hide box will help to accomplish this.
There are also many different types of hide boxes available at pet stores that work really well by providing a good hide-away from your bearded dragon will adding a nice visual element to the habitat.
The Exo Terra Reptile Cave is a very good option. It gives the bearded dragon a good hiding place while also giving a nice look to the terrarium.
The Reptile Cave comes in a variety of different sizes, but choosing the largest size hide box in the beginning is best. This way you do not need to continually buy a new hide box as your bearded dragon grows.
Selecting the Right Location for a Hide Box
It is a good idea to have one hide box with a heat pad below it for warmth, and one hide box in a cooler region. Since bearded dragons thermoregulate their temperatures they can go cool out in the cooler hide box if they begin to get too hot.
Place the doorway of the hide box away from the front of the terrarium to minimize any commotion, such as you walking by. This will keep the bearded dragon from getting too stressed and help it to relax.
Imagine if you were trying to relax and people were walking by you all the time. Remember, your bearded dragon is trying to feel secluded and safe. It will not feel that way unless the hide box is positioned in such a way as to give it that seclusion.
Selecting a proper hide box for a bearded dragon can go a long way towards making it feel safe and more at home.