Do Bearded Dragons Need Heat At Night?

In this article, I will delve into the essential aspects of nighttime heating for Bearded Dragons. From understanding their unique thermoregulation needs to ensuring optimal conditions for their well-being.

I’ll explore the why, how, and what of providing the right nighttime temperatures for these exotic reptiles.

Do Bearded Dragons Need Heat At Night?

The short answer is yes. Bearded Dragons are ectothermic and require external heat sources to thermoregulate their temperature.

We provide them with temperature gradients utilizing heat lamps and UVB bulbs in their enclosure to best replicate their natural habitat.

Fun Fact: Bearded Dragons use their third eye to locate the sun, shaded spots, and, even predators.

Optimal Nighttime Temperatures For Bearded Dragons

For nighttime temperatures, you’ll need your ambient temperature to be between 70°F – 75°F (21-24°C). 

Don’t let the enclosure drop below 65°F. Your Bearded Dragon can tolerate it for a short period of time, but it is detrimental to their health. Always stick to the lowest temperature of 70°F.

Although in the wild, temperatures do drop below 65°F, this is typically during the winter months when they’ll go into brumation naturally.

How To Heat Bearded Dragon Enclosures At Night?

There are a few things to consider when it comes to heating your Bearded Dragons enclosure at night. For example, it depends on the climate you live in, the material, and the size of the tank they’re kept in. 

As I’ve said, we want to achieve temperatures of 70°F – 75°F, but how do we achieve this?

If you live in a warmer climate, where the temperatures don’t drop below 70°F then you don’t need to do anything except turn the lights off. The warmth that has built up throughout the day will slowly decrease when you turn the lights and heat lamps off.

If you live in a colder climate, and your Bearded Dragons enclosure doesn’t retain heat well, you’ll need to provide external heat sources. You’ll want heat sources that won’t emit any form of visible light, as this will interrupt your beloved pet’s circadian rhythm by keeping them awake.

You can monitor your Bearded Dragons enclosure with Digital Humidity and Digital Temperature Gauges.

Options For Nighttime Heating

I recommend these two heating products because they emit no light source. Bearded Dragons need complete darkness when trying to sleep. 

Why Do Bearded Dragons Need Heat At Night?

Bearded Dragons need heat for their overall health and wellbeing. Having their temperature drop too low can lead to health concerns like respiratory infections, impaction, and, metabolic bone disease. 

Without heat, Bearded Dragons are unable to function properly. They may go into involuntary brumation if prolonged cooler temperatures are maintained.


In conclusion, ensuring the right nighttime temperatures for your Bearded Dragon is not just a matter of comfort but a crucial element of their overall health and well-being. 

As ectothermic animals, they rely on external heat sources to regulate their body temperature, and maintaining levels of 70°F – 75°F is our responsibility as their owners.