Bearded Dragon Behavior

Bearded Dragon Behavior

It’s fun to keep an eye on your bearded dragon behavior. The little fellas can be pretty enjoyable to watch; even the lazy ones have their quirks. Some behavior can be positive and some can seem like their is something not quite right, whilst others are just simply perplexing. There could be different reasons for odd behaviour; problems with setup and diet could be the root of the cause. Let’s find out more about what gives your bearded dragon its mojo.

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Usual Bearded Dragon Behavior

There are too frequent beahaviors from your bearded dragon that you should know: brumation and shedding.

  • Brumation – Brumation is kind of like what bears do in the winter. Your bearded dragon will also go into a semi-hibernation period. For how long this period may last; nobody knows. Each bearded dragon’s brumation cycle is different. Some don’t even show any signs of brumation. It is for this reason that burmation is a particularly confusing bearded dragon behavior for new owners. During brumation you’ll see your bearded dragon eat less and sleep more. They’ll be less active and you might think something is wrong when it is a perfectly normal bearded dragon behavior. One way to make sure that your bearded dragon is just chilling out during brumation is to weigh it. A bearded dragon should not lose any weight during brumation. Be sure not to disturb your bearded dragon too much during this period. Let it relax and take some time out.
  • Shedding – Shedding comes as natural to bearded dragon’s as shredding comes to Slash. Bearded dragons will shed their skin somewhere from every few months to twice a year. A baby bearded dragon will naturally shed more often as it begins to grow. This process of shedding should be moslty left to its own devices. Trying to help the process by picking at the skin can damage the new skin underneath. If you really want to help, try bathing your bearded dragon or exoliating very loose skin with a damp cloth. The signs of shedding are a discoloaration in the skin and puffiness around the eyes.
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Unusual Bearded Dragon Behavior

  • Bowel movements – A healthy bearded dragon will have healthy and regular bowel movements. You’ll know when something is up is the bowel movements are either too frequent or too infrequent either through diarrhoea or impaction.
  • Dehydration – It’s amazing that these creatures aren’t like wrinkly old dried prunes. Wait. They kind of are in many ways. Anyone who spend so much time in dry and hot environments needs water. Dehydration is a serious issue. You’ll be able to tell if a bearded dragon is dehydrated by pinching its skin ans seeing if it falls back to the starting position quickly. Good elasticity in the skin shows good hydration.  Wrinkly skin, sunken eyes and lack of activity can all be signs that your bearded dragon needs a little more water.
  • Paralysis – This could happen if your bearded dragon literally bites off more that it can chew. If you see your bearded dragon unable to move after eating something large you should contact your local vet immediately.
  • Sad eyes – Otherwise know as droopy eye. This may be a sign of kidney problems. Again, contact your local vet immediately to get things checked out by a professional.

The right care for your bearded dragon will see it behaving in usual ways. Any signs of distress in your bearded dragon that you’re unsure of should ultimately be passed on to a professional to put your mind at ease.

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