Bearded Dragon Care Sheet: A Complete Guide for Beginners (2023)

He’s smart. He’s also fun. And curious.
He likes to hang out with people – he often waves at them and nods his head.
He is quick and agile. And he has a beard.

It might surprise you that I’m not portraying a charming human being.

I am describing one particular lizard.

Bearded dragons are one of the most popular pet lizards in the world. The famous beardie has transformed the perception of reptile ownership, changing it from something highly specialized to something as common as keeping a hamster.

Bearded dragons owe their popularity to the following facts: they are fun to watch, a breeze to handle and quite easy to maintain.

However, they do have some specific requirements. Did you know that:

  • You need to balance your beardie’s diet to include both plants and vegetables – but you can’t feed them just anything;
  • Beardies have special requirements regarding temperature, humidity, and lighting;
  • Although beardies are easy going and docile, there are certain techniques on how to handle them and tame them.

With this series of bearded dragon articles, I hope to provide you with quality information and tried-and-tested advice to help your beardie thrive.

If you are eager to learn more about the fabulous beardie’s origins, habits, needs, and health, please read on.

Let’s dive together into the fast, temperamental, cuddly, appetite-rich and all-in-all adorable world of bearded dragons!

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Bearded Dragon Facts

Bearded Dragon Anatomy

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Bearded Dragon Lifespan

Bearded Dragon Diet

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Bearded Dragon Habitat

Baby Bearded Dragon Care

Bearded Dragon Price


Bearded Dragon Facts

  1. Bearded dragons originate from dry bushland and desert regions of Australia.
  2. Their scientific name is Pogona vitticeps, and they belong to the family of Agamidae – along with thorny devils, water dragons, and other cool frog-headed lizards.
  3. They get their common name from the spiky growths under their necks, which will puff up and turn black when the lizard is excited, resembling a human beard
  4. Bearded dragons are omnivorous – meaning they eat both plant and animal matter.
  5. Theycommunicate via body language such as head bobbing, arm waving, or changing color.
  6. Bearded dragons are so sweet that enthusiasts call them ‘beardies’. I do too!
  7. All bearded dragons on the international market are captive bred.
  8. A lifespan of a captive beardie is around 10 years.
  9. The bearded dragon is one of the most docile pet lizards. Which, of course, doesn’t mean they can’t get upset sometimes.

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Bearded Dragon Anatomy

Bearded dragons have an anatomy typical for a medium-sized, diurnal, ground-dwelling lizard predator. They have a rounded body which can also slightly flattened and covered with spines of different sizes. Additionally, the skin can change color – when their body turns black, it allows them to soak in more heat from the sunlight.

Legs are strong and stubby, covered with dense and rough spines, and with five clawed toes on each foot.

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The tail is of moderate size; it is thick at the base and then narrows down towards the tip. A plump tail is a sign of good general condition, as the lizard will store fat reserves within the thicker region of his tail. Beardies do not have the ability to shed their tails.

Bearded Dragon’s Head Anatomy

Beardie’s head is triangular with a short snout, making it look a bit frog-like. They have a set of eyes which are quite mobile. On the top of their heads, bearded dragons have a parietal eye – colloquially known as the “third eye”. Despite its names, it is not a real eye, but a photosensory organ equipped with basic lens and retina which can detect changes in light.

Beardies have a wide mouth, edged with teeth that are weakly attached to the surface of their jawbones. That allows them to lose teeth without suffering an injury. The oral cavity is normally yellow. The tongue is somewhat long and can be propelled outwards to catch prey.

Beardies also have a pair of nostrils and a pair of ears behind their eyes, featuring visible eardrums. Although they lack outer ear structure, beardies have a middle ear and an inner ear, just like mammals do.

Bearded Dragon’s Stomach and Digestion

Bearded dragons actually chew their food to make it easier to digest. Digestion continues in the stomach and intestines with the aid of gut bacteria. Digested remains exit through the cloacal opening at the base of the tail. Bearded dragons poop a lot, so that is a consideration when thinking about how much time you have available for cleaning their tank.

It is vital not to give your beardie food that is larger than the space between their eyes. Because of their relatively flat bodies, big food items in the stomach can press on the spine, causing permanent damage and paralysis.

Bearded Dragon Heart and Circulation

Bearded dragons have hearts with three chambers, which allows them to change blood flow patterns, leading to an efficient body temperature control.

How to sex a bearded dragon?

Sexual differences in male and female beardies are not dramatic, but still, they are easy enough to spot if you know what you are looking for.

Beardies can’t be sexed until they are 8-12 months old.

The first place to look is the ventral side of the base of their tails.

Males have two elongated bulges along their tales and a dip between them. Also, they have more prominent femoral pores through which they secrete a waxy, pheromone-rich substance.

Females have only one bulge just above the cloaca, which smaller and of more rounded shape and smaller pores.

Also, males tend to grow bigger, with larger heads, though this becomes more obvious only when comparing a male and a female.

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Size & Weight: How Big Does a Bearded Dragon Get?

Bearded dragons are medium-sized lizards. The maximum size is around 24 inches (~ 60cm), with males being slightly larger than females. However, not many beardies will actually reach the species’ maximum.

How much your beardie will grow also depends on his enclosure. If you put a young dragon in a tank that is too small – he will grow (or not grow) according to the available space, and not his genetic predispositions.

Bearded Dragon Growth Rate

Most of your beardie’s growth will occur in the first year of his life, which means he will grow rapidly during this time.

Here is a bearded dragon average growth in the first year based on the data from growth charts of over 50 bearded dragons. The measurements were taken from the tips of their noses to the tips of their tails.

  • 0-1 month: 3 in (7.6 cm) to 4 in (10 cm)
  • 2 months: 5 in (13 cm) to 9 in (23 cm)
  • 3 months: 8 in (20 cm) to 11 in (28 cm)
  • 4 months: 9 in (23 cm) to 12 in (30 cm)
  • 5-6 months: 11 in (28 cm) to 16 in (41 cm)
  • 7-8 months: 13 in (33 cm) to 20 in (51 cm)
  • 9-12 months: 16 in (41 cm) to 22 in (56 cm)

Bearded Dragon Weight

Besides length, measuring beardie’s weight regularly is important for monitoring his progress.

However, know that the rate of beardie’s growth is highly individual, and while comparing the growth with available growth charts is a standard method for assessing beardie’s growth, don’t get obsessed with it. If you see that your beardie is making steady progress in his own growth charts, it doesn’t matter if he is a bit early or late to reach certain milestones.

As with many captive animals, obesity can be an issue with beardies too, so there is another reason for keeping track of your beardie’s weight.

Lifespan: How Long Do Bearded Dragon Live?

  • With proper care, bearded dragons usually live from 8 to 10 years, some even longer.
  • Bearded dragons that have not been well-cared for usually live 5 to 8 years.
  • Females tend to live shorter than males, especially if they have been used for breeding.
  • The oldest beardie on the record was a male named Sebastian (1997-2016) from Middlesex, UK, who lived to be almost 19 years old.

How Old Is My Bearded Dragon?

The best way to know your beardie’s age is to get precise information from the breeder. All serious breeders keep track of their beardie litters and write down exact dates of hatching.

If the information is missing for any reason, you will have to make a rough assessment based on your beardie’s physical features.

For beardies that are under a year old, you can use the growth chart above to make an approximation. However, if you got a beardie that has previously been neglected, know that he might be older than he looks.

Also, beardie’s sexual characteristics will start to show when he or she is around 12 months old. When you spot that these features (bulges above the cloacal opening or femoral pores) – have appeared you will know that your beardie is now within 8-12 months of age.

For beardies that have already reached their adult size, there is no sure way to tell their age without additional information.

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Bearded Dragon Health & Behavior

Bearded dragon’s behavior and communication are really interesting to observe. These behaviors are not random – they all have their meanings. With a bit of attention and some good literature, you will quickly master the hidden meanings behind their funny arm waving, head bobbing, and other beardie displays.

However, it’s not all just fun and games. Following on your beardie’s behavior is the main way of assessing if he is feeling well or ill. There are certain behavioral patterns that can signal that something is wrong with your beardie’s environment or his health.

Here is a short list of common bearded dragon behaviors:

  • Dominance/submission signaling: Arm waving, head bobbing,
  • Aggression/fear: hissing, beard puffing up and darkening, biting,
  • Reactions to temperature: black body color and flattening, tail pointing upwards
  • Other common behaviors: yawning.
  • Sings of Illness: sluggishness, closed eyes, hind leg paralysis, prolonged mouth gaping, black beard with no outer trigger, prolonged black color when resting, stargazing (looking upwards for no reason), twitching, seizures.

Sometimes, brumation signs can be mistaken for an illness. If your otherwise healthy, at least a year old beardie is looking sleepy, refuses to eat and hides frequently in late autumn or winter, it may be time for his winter nap.

Brumation is not something that should take you by surprise, but something you should prepare for by fattening up your beardie prior to late autumn and taking him to a vet for a parasite test.

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Bearded Dragon Diet

As with any other pet, a balanced diet is a key to keeping your beardie happy and healthy for a long time.

Bearded dragons are omnivores, which needs that they need to eat both plant and animal matter. While there are different opinions about percentages of animal vs. plant foods in the bearded dragon’s diet, one pattern is consistent: juvenile beardies should primarily eat insects. As they get older, they will need less animal protein and more plant matter.

Animal foods that you can feed to your beardie are crickets, grasshoppers, superworms, exotic roaches such as dubia roaches, hornworms, and silkworms. Mealworms can be given if they have freshly molted (they will be white after molting) since their shells are hard to digest for beardies.

Plant foods that you should give to your beardie are leafy greens such as dandelion greens, basil, bok choy; vegetables such as carrot; and fruit such as apples, strawberries, and blueberries. Greens should always make the biggest percentage of plant foods, followed by vegetables, and the sugar-rich fruit should be given in the smallest quantities.

Foods that you should never give your dragon are fireflies (toxic), insects with a hard cuticle (outer shell), avocado (toxic), rhubarb (toxic), green lettuce, meat, bread or any other processed human food. You can check out the entire list of allowed and not allowed foods in our Bearded Dragon Nutrition FAQs.

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Coating food with vitamin and mineral supplements at regular intervals is also essential for proper metabolism.

Food items should never be larger than the space between your beardie’s eyes. Food chunks that are too large can press on the spinal cord of your dragon from the inside, causing paralysis or intestinal impaction, both critical health conditions which demand urgent vet care.

If you believe that your beardie has eaten something too large for his size, you need to allow their stomach to hang freely to keep pressure off their spinal cord. You can do this by making a hammock out of a small rag or a towel with a hole in the middle, so the stomach hangs freely through the hole. Owners will cut a hole in a small towel and will put their beardie on top of the towel in a position so their stomach hangs freely through the hole.

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Bearded Dragon Habitat

Bearded dragon tanks can be made of various materials – glass, wood or plastic. However, there are several rules every beardie enclosure needs to follow:

  • The entire enclosure should be properly lit, with both ultraviolet (UVB) and regular light.
  • The temperature needs to be, 110°F (43°C) at warmest and 70°F (20°C) at lowest.
  • Humidity should be kept below 60% at all times.
  • Beardies should have a place to hide, and a place to climb and bask.
  • Loose substrates such as sand and crushed walnut can cause impaction and other health issues; keeping beardies on paper towels, reptile carpets, ceramic tiles or rock slates is much, much safer. If you would still like a more natural substrate, the bioactive substrates are less risky and offer other benefits as well.

When it comes to beardies themselves, here is some additional advice on housing them:

  • You should never house two males together.
  • You should never house an adult and a juvenile together.
  • Two females can tolerate each other in most cases, however, you need to watch their interaction carefully and have a spare tank in the case something goes wrong. The same goes for male-female couples.

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Baby Bearded Dragon Care

Care for baby dragons differs from that you would provide for adult beardies.

You will need to ensure that your baby beardie:

  • Gets around 70% of his nutrition from insect foods, but not from mealworms, superworms or waxworms, at least until he reaches juvenile age.
  • Eats his veggies even if he is not really crazy about them.
  • Stays hydrated by misting him regularly.
  • Gets the best UVB lighting – the safest way to check if radiation levels are adequate is to control your bulb with a UV meter.

You also need to make sure that:

  • That you record his weight and length periodically; the best way to do it is by filling out growth charts.
  • That there are no feeder insects left in the terrarium after feeding since crickets can hurt and even kill baby dragons!
  • That you never keep your baby beardie on a loose substrate such as sand, even if you plan to keep an adult that way.

There are also differences in housing babies and adult bearded dragons – you can learn about them in our habitat article.

Price: How Much Does a Bearded Dragon Cost?

Usually, a classic baby or a young juvenile bearded dragon will cost between $30 and $60. Adults usually cost around 100$.

Nowadays, there is a decent number of different bearded dragon morphs. Prices may vary depending on the beardie’s looks and genetics. The rarer the morph is and the more saturated the colors are – the price for the specimen is higher. Adults of some rare morphs can cost more than $1000.

Where to Buy a Bearded Dragon

I always prefer to buy any reptile directly from the breeder. Surely, it is easy to just go in and buy an animal in the pet store. However, although all stores are different, on average – the conditions for animals in the shops are not ideal. That increases your chance of ending up with a beardie who is malnourished or sick.

Finding a right bearded dragon breeder will demand some extra effort and research. Don’t rely on their web presence only. Ask around for a breeders’ reputation, email your questions or ask for a phone call and try to make an assessment based on that.

It is preferable to find a breeder in your area so you can visit his facility – besides seeing how animals are kept, it is much safer to pick up your beardie personally than to have him mailed to you. It is also highly likely you will get better information and advice from a caring breeder than from a local pet store, and you will have someone to turn to in case you run into any issues.

Besides buying, there is always an option of adopting an abandoned bearded dragon from animal shelters or reptile rescue centers.

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How to Pick a Bearded Dragon

When picking a bearded dragon, always go for individuals that are lively, large, bright-eyed and plump with thick tails.

Some people tend to pick smaller, skinny beardie babies out of compassion. While this type of “rescue” is a noble thing to do, it is not a good option for a first-time owner. A complicated health issue behind the baby dragon’s bad condition may be frustrating and costly to resolve. Also, if you have other beardies at home, you can put them at risk of catching parasites or atadenovirusfrom their unfortunate new roommate.

Bringing a friend along or asking a reliable breeder for help can be a good option since two pairs of eyes are better at noticing potential issues than just one.

Also, know that there are pet shops that sell too young baby beardies. Always look to buy a bearded dragon that is at least 3 months old, and that has been raised professionally up until that point.

Bearded Dragon FAQ

How to tame a bearded dragon?

How tame your bearded dragon will be will depend on his age and/or his previous experiences.

Baby beardies are quite skittish and fearful; they do not enjoy being handled too much, and especially not within a closed hand.

The first thing to do while the baby is still small and delicate is to get him (or her) used to your presence. Sit where he can see you, read a book, or talk to him. In combination with providing food, he will soon learn that you are a friend.

After a couple of days of doing this, you can gently handle the baby dragon without taking him out of the tank. With time, he will start to enjoy the warmth and the gentle touch of your hands.

It is up to you to decide when you will start taking your baby beardie out of his tank. Generally, when he reaches 6 months / 11 inches, it will be safe to take him out and get him completely used to be handled and walking around safe spaces.

How to handle a bearded dragon?

When you want to handle your bearded dragon, it is very important that you do it right:

  • Wash your hands, both before and after
  • Approach slowly and calmly, and watch out for any signs of aggression. If you spot them, it is best to leave your beardie alone until he is ready to be handled again.
  • Stroke him gently on the head and the back of the neck until you feel he is relaxed.
  • Place one hand underneath the lizard’s body, and the other around his shoulders/armpits.
  • It is important to remember that your dragon always needs to feel supported from beneath, whether he is resting on your palm or on your chest. Never leave him hanging in the air by putting only one hand around him and picking him up.

Also, you have to make sure you stay above a soft and safe surface, such as a bed or a sofa, while you handle your pet. If your beardie falls on the ground, it could cause spinal injury and even death.

For advice on how to handle an aggressive bearded dragon, see our .

How to play with a bearded dragon?

Bearded dragon doesn’t need to play like a dog or a cat would. However, to stay healthy, a beardie needs to be physically and mentally active – something that is hard to achieve in his tank only. That is why you can organize special activities that will both keep him active and help you bond.

  • We will enjoy just hanging out and enjoying your warmth, so you can easily make a beardie a reading buddy.
  • A walk around a grassy area that is safe, toxic plant-free, pesticide-free, and predator-free is the best option for your beardie. It is best to have him on a cozy reptile harness so you can prevent escaping or hiding in hard-to-reach places.
  • A swim in the pleasantly warm water is always fun for a bearded dragon, plus it helps him digest his food and stay hydrated.
  • Some beardies enjoy exploring brightly colored objects such as balls. You can offer your beardie a ball that is not to small for him to swallow, but not big either so he can roll it around with his nose.

Although you will run into many recommendations and videos telling you that beardies are “enjoy” car rides and “changes of scenery”, I advise against this practice, at least for most beardies.

Like all lizards, bearded dragons are territorial, which means they get tense and frustrated when they end up in an unfamiliar place. When you take your beardie out into a completely unknown territory, you will notice that he will get easily agitated or frightened by even the smallest signs of danger. That is why I would avoid taking him to different places all the time.

Taking a beardie for a ride is probably more fun for the beardie’s human than for the lizard himself. Sometimes there is a thin line between keeping your pet active and stressing him out.

Walking around an area that he is already familiar with – such as a backyard – is the option I prefer.

Remember not to hassle your beardie with too much handling and play until he is about 6 months old. Until that age, keep the interaction brief and undemanding.

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So, Do Bearded Dragons Make Good Pets?

By following a handful of simple rules for keeping beardies, you will ensure your pet will stay happy and healthy for a long time. It will also help you foster a great relationship with him. With beardies, nothing is really difficult, but many moments are greatly rewarding.

Remember to explore other beardie articles on the website to get a complete picture of the proper beardie care.

Have you found our look at beardies useful? Are you a proud beardie owner already, or you are just planning to get one? Are there more questions you would like to see answered? Please don’t be shy – write everything down in the comments!


Bearded Dragon Care Sheet: A Complete Guide for Beginners? ›

The entire enclosure should be properly lit, with both ultraviolet (UVB) and regular light. The temperature needs to be, 110°F (43°C) at warmest and 70°F (20°C) at lowest. Humidity should be kept below 60% at all times. Beardies should have a place to hide, and a place to climb and bask.

How easy are bearded dragons to take care of? ›

Bearded dragons can make excellent, entertaining, easy-to-care for pets if given appropriate care and veterinary treatment. The average bearded dragon's lifespan is 8–10 years, but the oldest ever recorded was 18 years old. They are typically easy to handle, docile, and rarely bite.

Are bearded dragons good for beginners? ›

Bearded dragons are very good beginner pets, but that means they're extremely popular and common among reptile owners. For me, part of the appeal of raising a pet reptile is how unique they are, and this sentiment is shared among many herp breeders and traders who like to hunt down rare morphs.

What are the 5 needs for a bearded dragon? ›

These include: the need for a suitable environment; a healthy diet; to be housed with or apart from others; to allow normal behaviour and to be protected from harm. This is a basic guide, so also do your own research before getting a bearded dragon.

What do bearded dragons need at night? ›

The best nighttime heat source for a Bearded dragon is a ceramic heat emitter, as this emits no light and can be thermostatically controlled to maintain a set temperature that should still be lower than during the day.

What do bearded dragons like to have in their tank? ›

Adults require a 20-50 gallon long glass aquarium tank. Because beardies love to climb, provide vertical space with lots of branches. The safest and easiest substrates to use are paper, newspaper, paper towel, or slate. If you prefer a more naturalistic look, go with slate.

Does bearded dragons like to be held? ›

Yes! While not effusive and certainly not as emotional as dogs, cats, and other mammals, bearded dragons are known to show signs of affection to their owners. For example, they will remain calm when handled or sit still on their owner's lap. Bearded dragons are not social creatures by nature.

How often should I hold my bearded dragon? ›

You can hold a bearded dragon for as long as it will tolerate being held. Start with 15 minutes once a day and as it gets used to being handled, you can hold it longer. Some dragons enjoy being held several times a day for several hours. When the beardie becomes restless, it is time to put him back.

Are bearded dragons happier alone? ›

Do bearded dragons prefer to be alone? Bearded dragons are territorial creatures, so prefer to be kept on their own in their enclosure. They enjoy having the warmth of their light and the whole food bowl to themselves. Essentially, they like not having to compete for resources.

Can you hold a bearded dragon everyday? ›

Bearded dragons usually tolerate handling better than other lizards. Regular handling helps bearded dragons get used to people, so you should handle your beardie daily. Doing so also minimizes stress during regular care, such as bathing or tank cleaning. They are generally gentle and easy to hold.

Will bearded dragons cuddle with you? ›

Also known as “Beardies” they are not particularly lazy pets. It's just that they are known to enjoy cuddling up with their owners while they watch TV. Yes, they're cuddly! Another reason that bearded dragons are an increasingly popular pet is because of the common (mis)conception that they are easy to take care of.

What do bearded dragons do all day? ›

Bearded dragons, or “beardies,” are diurnal, which means that, like most of us, they are up during the day and asleep at night. They tend to be very docile and easy to handle, which makes them fun and personable pets. They are active, inquisitive and hardy and enjoy lounging with and/or on their people.

How long does it take for a bearded dragon to like you? ›

Many new owner reports suggest it takes up to three or four months for the bearded dragon to get comfortable. With time, the beardie will trust you and look forward to your petting. They can go for several days or even weeks alone. We recommend paying close attention every day.

Do bearded dragon bites hurt? ›

Bearded Dragon Bites

Dragons rarely bite. When they do, it's rarely serious. A dragon bite may be painful because their teeth are sharp. If you are bitten, the site may swell and bleed.

Should I hold my bearded dragon right away? ›

Hold Bearded Dragons Until They're at least 6-inches Long

As a rule of thumb, you'll want to avoid any unnecessary handling until your bearded dragon is about 6 inches long or so. By this time, they're usually sturdier and less likely to become injured during handling sessions.

How not to handle a bearded dragon? ›

Go slowly. Particularly if you have a baby Bearded dragon, you should avoid making sudden movements or loud noises when you are going to handle them, as this can make them feel threatened if it isn't something they are used to.

What is the best setup for a bearded dragon? ›

Bearded dragons love to bask, as almost all diurnal lizards do. Provide them with a basking area – such as a flat rock setup, or a log right under the spotlight. However, be very careful that the basking spot doesn't overheat, especially if it's a stone surface that can store a lot of heat.

Do bearded dragons like to sleep? ›

Bearded dragons are fascinating little reptiles that make good pets. They love basking in the sun and are active after sleeping eight to 12 hours daily. In the colder months, bearded dragons sleep up to 14 hours and may enter a state of brumation.

What not to put in a bearded dragon tank? ›

Make sure you don't use vinyl or linoleum, which are too slippery for your bearded dragon's claws to gain any traction. The other issue with those materials is they retain a lot of heat and there is nowhere for it to escape in your dragon's tank, so it can burn your dragon.

Where do you put a bearded dragon when cleaning the cage? ›

Your dragon shouldn't be too close by while you're cleaning. Place your dragon in a spare tank or bin, or have someone give them a bath. In fact, it's always a good idea to give your dragon a bath before putting them back in the clean tank to help prevent cross contamination.

Do bearded dragons like water baths? ›

Many beardies don't like drinking from bowls, but will happily slurp up their bathwater. Baths are of course also important for hygiene. Plus, they help with shedding and constipation. Last but not least, many lizards simply enjoy a good soak!

Where should you not touch a bearded dragon? ›

Baby beardies are more skittish and can panic when they are picked up. Try to keep the baby calm and keep one finger under its chin while holding it. Never grab or hold a bearded dragon by its legs or tail.

What does it mean when your bearded dragon licks you? ›

It's A Sign Of Affection Or Comfort

It does seem to be true that a bearded dragon is more likely to lick you if it trusts you and feels comfortable with you. However, this licking is not necessarily a sign of affection. It could be that it likes the way you smell or feels a sense of safety to have you around.

Do you have to feed a bearded dragon every day? ›

How often should I feed my bearded dragon? Most young bearded dragons should eat once or twice daily, while older lizards may only eat every 24-72 hours, depending upon each pet's individual appetite.

Do you need to wash your hands after holding a bearded dragon? ›

You can get sick from touching your bearded dragon or anything in its environment, and then touching your mouth or food and swallowing Salmonella germs. Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching or feeding your bearded dragon and after touching or cleaning the area where it lives and roams.

Do bearded dragons get calmer with age? ›

All of them are generally inquisitive and usually get calmer as they grow older but it's still refreshing to see each bearded dragon has it's own personality.

What is the lifespan of a bearded dragon? ›

Bearded dragons, or 'beardies', are one of the most popular lizards in captivity in the UK. Their lifespan is usually 10 to 15 years or more, so they're quite a commitment.

Can bearded dragons live with other animals? ›

Certain lizards (bearded dragons, anoles, geckos) and chelonians (turtles and tortoises) can live successfully together when set up properly in same-species tanks. Snakes, however, are best housed singly and generally should not be combined in one tank, even if they are of the same species.

What kind of music do bearded dragons like? ›

Music – Classical Many reptile species, including bearded dragons, enjoy classical music without words. This could be due to the fact that most songs have an instrumental sound that appears to calm the reptile's nerves and relax its muscles.

Is it okay to walk your bearded dragon? ›

There are some safety concerns to keep in mind. Try to avoid areas where you may run into dogs or even stray cats. Your beardie may prefer a quiet, sunny area, or even just a stroll in your backyard. Watch the ground, and steer away from potential hazards, such as broken glass.

How many crickets should a bearded dragon eat? ›

What is this? Bearded dragon owners should offer full-grown adult bearded dragons roughly 10 crickets per day, or 20 crickets every other day. The crickets should be offered in one feeding session per day that lasts between 10 and 15 minutes.

Do Beardies like kisses? ›

Play safely: Don't kiss or snuggle your bearded dragon, and don't eat or drink around it. This can spread salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick.

Do bearded dragons need their nails cut? ›

Keeping your beardie's nails trimmed neatly or clipped is very important for comfortable and safe handling. Their nails grow fast, so regular clipping (once a month) is necessary to prevent scratching or them getting their nails caught on something and damaged.

Are bearded dragons smart? ›

Anyone who owns a bearded dragon knows that they are fairly smart reptiles. But did you know that they are smarter than you may have previously thought?

Should I bath my bearded dragon every day? ›

As a general rule, bath time three times a week should be sufficient to keep your dragon clean and hydrated. If your dragon absolutely hates baths, then once a week may be a reasonable goal. If your dragon can't get enough bath time, you may want to do it more frequently, maybe even once a day.

Why does my bearded dragon open his mouth when I try to pick him up? ›

It's A Sign of Aggression. Bearded dragons are generally calm and docile lizards. However, if they feel threatened, angry, or afraid, they may open their mouths as part of an aggressive stance. When an animal feels threatened or afraid, it will go into a fight or flight response.

How many times a week do bearded dragons poop? ›

For young bearded dragons from age 4 to 18 months, expect them to poop at least every other day. As they age towards 18 months, they often decrease their poop schedules to just 2 to 3 times a week. What is this? Adult bearded dragons will poop anywhere from 1 to 7 times each week.

Do bearded dragons like to be held? ›

Yes! While not effusive and certainly not as emotional as dogs, cats, and other mammals, bearded dragons are known to show signs of affection to their owners. For example, they will remain calm when handled or sit still on their owner's lap. Bearded dragons are not social creatures by nature.

What does a bearded dragon need in its tank? ›

Adults require a 20-50 gallon long glass aquarium tank. Because beardies love to climb, provide vertical space with lots of branches. The safest and easiest substrates to use are paper, newspaper, paper towel, or slate. If you prefer a more naturalistic look, go with slate.

What keeps a bearded dragon happy? ›

Reptiles are well-suited for basking in the sun, which provides them with warmth and UV light. Make sure that your bearded dragon's home has a heat bulb that gets warmer than 95 degrees Fahrenheit (and a nearby rock to lounge on). A heat bulb will keep your bearded dragon warm, but it won't supply much-needed UV light.

Where should bearded dragons sleep at night? ›

Bearded dragons sleep on their stomachs or in various weird positions at night. Wild bearded dragons nap in trees and often sleep vertically. They prefer to sleep in trees, which are usually out of reach of predators like snakes. In captivity, these reptiles doze almost anywhere.

Do bearded dragons get attached to humans? ›

Bearded dragons are the only known reptile to show affection for their human companions, which is why they make great exotic pets if a reptile is the kind of animal you are looking for.

Do bearded dragons need water baths? ›

Hydration is one of the biggest ones. Many beardies don't like drinking from bowls, but will happily slurp up their bathwater. Baths are of course also important for hygiene. Plus, they help with shedding and constipation.

Should bearded dragons always have water? ›

They need water to stay healthy and happy. In fact, dehydration can cause (or be a sign of) some major health concerns, so it's important to know what to look out for and how to protect your bearded dragon from getting dehydrated in the first place.

What calms bearded dragons? ›

Give your dragon a nice warm bath, followed by cuddles in a soft towel. Simply pause as much noise as possible to give your dragon some quiet time. Try turning off the lights until your dragon is more calm (of course you wouldn't want to leave the tank like this for too long so your dragon doesn't get too cold).

What is a bearded dragons favorite thing? ›

Many bearded dragons are especially drawn to slotted balls like hamster balls or cat toys. Never let them play with marbles, small rubber balls, or anything else they could choke on. Mirrors. Some bearded dragons really enjoy mirrors, but others get stressed at the sight of their reflection.


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