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Bearded Dragon Behaviour


Bearded dragons are one of my favorite pets in the world. They're funky lovable creatures to say the least. On top of that, their changing colors and the majestic designs of their skins really make them some of the cutest pets ever.

We all know that they can spread their beards and these beards change colors as well. That's where their name comes from - that color-changing beard. They're pretty easy to take care of and require very little maintenance.

We have included in this hub the different bearded dragon behaviors. Knowing what each of them means will be a big help. Their actions are their means of communicating with other dragons and with you too. Knowing what each action means will help you better take care of these pets.

It is my hope that the information gathered here in this hub will help you raise your dragons well.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy it!

Table of Contents

Bearded Dragon Behaviour


Chapter 1: Common Bearded Dragon Behaviours

Chapter 2: How To Tell If Your Beardie is Angry

Chapter 3: Bearded Dragon Mating Rituals

Chapter 4: How Your Beardie Behaves When It Is Sick

Chapter 5: How Do Bearded Dragons Bask

Chapter 6: Brumation Behaviour

Chapter 7: Bearded Dragon Burrowing Behaviour


Common Bearded Dragon Antics and Behaviours

Common Bearded Dragon Antics and Behaviours

Chapter 1: Common Bearded Dragon Behaviors

Bearded dragons are some of the most beloved pets out there. They're easy to take care of and are friendly. Another reason why we all love them is because of the antics they pull. Yep, they do all sorts of crazy actions.

You can bet that each movement or behavior they make means something. These guys don’t talk much so you can easily guess that they communicate with one another via their actions.

Some of these behaviours are clues as to their current conditions. The following are some of the most common behaviours you will see your pet bearded dragon will make and what they mean.

Common Bearded Dragon Antics and Behaviours

DiggingTail TwitchingHissing



Color changes

Head bobbing


Glass surfing



Mouth Gaping/Yawning



Arm waving


Eye bulging


Arm Waving

This movement is either called arm waving or arm circling. A bearded dragon doing an arm waving move will stand high and on only three of its legs (usually on both hind legs and on one front leg).

Your dragon will then raise that one leg it is not standing on and rotate it in a circular motion. It will wave that front leg sometimes slowly and sometimes it will wave a little bit faster than usual.

Notice that it will wave one front leg at time, the left leg first then the right or vice versa. Some people compare this arm waving motion to a freestyle stroke. Well, it will indeed look like your beardie is doing a swimming stroke as it does these arm waves.

So, why do bearded dragons do the arm wave? As usual, every movement that your beloved dragon does has a few possible meanings. When a bearded dragon waves its arm, it could mean that it is telling another bearded dragon that it recognizes the other party.

This movement actually connotes more of submission and not aggression. When a bearded dragon does this when another one is spotted, it can mean that it acknowledges the other dragon's presence. Remember that these guys know how to respect each other's territory or living space. Simply put, it's telling the other bearded dragon that it acknowledges the other reptile's presence and it doesn't want any trouble.

Now, another meaning that we can deduce from this arm waving movement is that of submission. Other than just acknowledging the other dragon's presence, it is submitting or surrendering. You will usually see the smaller or younger bearded dragons do these arm waves when a bigger and older bearded dragon comes by.

It's like they're telling the bigger lizard that “Hey there, you're the boss! Please don't hurt me.” The smaller bearded dragons will also tend to do this movement whenever they come across another bearded dragon that is already bobbing its head up and down (see description of that movement below).

Now, beardies don't only do this arm waving movement when other bearded dragons are around. They will also do this whenever you or some other human being is around. It can mean that they feel threatened by your presence or by the presence of another bigger animal (like maybe your dog perhaps).

Head Bobbing

You can say that this dragon behaviour is the opposite of arm waving. As you might recall, arm waving amongst bearded dragons simply means a sign of submission – "I don't want any trouble buddy" or "I come in peace" sort of thing.

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Well, head bobbing amongst bearded dragons simply means he's asserting himself or herself. As stated earlier, these creatures are territorial and they will protect their turf. If they live amongst a group then you should expect them to form some sort of pecking order.

However, do take note that this head bobbing movement is more common among males. It would seem that the guys are more aggressive than the girls. But the female bearded dragons will do it sometimes. These gals aren't wimps and they will fight to protect their territory if needed.

The head bobbing motion is pretty simple. Whenever another bearded dragon is spotted or comes too close for comfort a bearded dragon will raise and lower its head repeatedly. If the other bearded dragon that sees the head bobbing motions is not aggressive then it will do several arm waves. If not, then expect a fight (in which case, it's your queue that you should find a different terrarium to house the other beardie).


Will bearded dragons bite? Yes they will. These reptiles will bite for a couple of reasons. The first one is when they're mad and angry at another animal. They know how to fight and they will bite and attack if they have to.

Now, that doesn't mean they will bite another animal (sometimes they bite you on rare occasions) for any other reason. Usually they bite and attack to protect their territory. If you see two dragons fighting, then maybe it's time to move the other dragon to a new home – the tank next door perhaps?

Now, there is a second reason why bearded dragons will bite – it's a mating ritual. When two dragons (one male and the other female) are biting one another, it can be a sign that they are about to mate.

So, here's a simple rule. Bites fired – check the sexes and age. If it's two guys or two girls then it's a fight; break it up. If it's a guy and a girl dragon and they're old enough to mate then continue to observe – maybe they're mating. If the biting continues without any mating going on, then break it up. If the behaviour proceeds into a mating ritual (more of that later) then give the pair some privacy.

Fluffing or Bearding

As you might already know, both male and female dragons have beards (pun intended). You may have seen your bearded dragon fluff or expand their beards. Note that this is a defensive reaction. They will make their beards puff so as to look bigger.

It's like they're saying "you better stop there; I'm not the kind of guy you would like to mess with." That being said, it is a sign that they feel like they are being provoked or maybe threatened. You need to figure out which reaction it really is.

Remember that different actions and movements from these beardies can mean several different things. It's all in the context of the situation. If you walk in and find your cat or another bearded dragon near your beardie and find it has "bearded" then it's already giving a warning.

You need to move the cat away or take the other beardie to a different aquarium. Sometimes bearded dragons just stretch their beards for no particular reason. In that case they will usually just "beard" it off for a few seconds and go about their business (beards back to its original size).


Bearded dragons can dig and out in the wild they dig in the dirt pretty well. Since they now live in your tank, you will notice that they will also do some digging action. Because of this behaviour, some dragon owners incorporate some dirt or sand in their tanks. Others just include a towel – at least your beardies have something to dig into.

They dig around for several different reasons. It will also depend on how old your beardies are or if they are male or female.

Now if your beardie is a young guy or gal – that means no mating yet – and they seem to be digging or just moving stuff around in the tank, and if they're positioning stuff and stopping under the light then they're digging just to make a more comfortable basking area (these guys love to rearrange the furniture too you know, so to speak).

Now, if you suspect your female dragon to be pregnant and it starts to dig around that means it might be getting ready to lay its eggs. That means you have to prepare for it too.

Now if you're dealing with a mature male or a mature female beardie (that is not pregnant) then the digging could be a sign that they are going into a state of semi-hibernation called brumination.

When they are bruminating they tend to control their body temperatures a lot better when they sleep. If that is the case then you should make sleeping arrangements a bit more comfy. Some bearded dragon owners suggest that you add a small towel. Notice that your beardie will dig and rearrange the towel to make the sleeping surface warmer.


Stacking is when one bearded dragon lies on top of another. This is also another pretty common behaviour especially when several dragons share the same tank. It looks pretty much like your reptilian pets are having a dandy time and some fun too but it can be a really hazardous behaviour for the beardie at the bottom.

You remember the pecking order we talked about earlier? Yes, the leader will of course dictate the course of things inside the cage or tank (whatever your setup is like). That means he (yes, it's usually a he) gets dibs on the best basking spot, sleeping spot, and helpings on the food that is served.

When they stack, the leader (usually the toughest, roughest, and biggest) bearded dragon is on top. The bottom guy is the last one in the hierarchy – now imagine all of that weight stacked up on him. Sometimes it gets so hard to breathe that the beardie at the bottom dies.

If you see a bunch of them stacking it's a good sign that you break the gang apart and let some of the beardies live on their own turf. It's better for them all anyway.

Mouth Gaping

There's no other way to describe this behaviour than just that your beardie will keep its mouth open for some reason. Notice that there will be times when your reptilian friend will be sitting still and it will just keep its mouth open for some reason.

It doesn't mean that it has a broken jaw or something. It doesn't mean that it is sick or maybe it is asking for food – well, that's not how they show you they're hungry by the way.

So, why is your bearded dragon's mouth open? One of the most common reasons your beardie might be doing this is because it is trying to regulate its body temperature. Remember, reptiles don't sweat. They don't have sweat glands like mammals do.

So, they open their mouths and try to adjust their body temperature by letting air in and out. Usually they will keep their mouth open whenever they have reached the ideal body temperature and it's still pretty hot in the tank (or if the day is just way too hot – make sure to regulate the temperature during summer).

Now, sometimes the heat isn't really due to the day's weather. You will see your bearded dragons leave their mouths open when they bask under the tank's heat lamp. Well, they love the warmth but of course they don't want to get too hot.

Now, there is only one instance of mouth gaping you should watch out for. Sometimes your bearded dragon will keep its mouth open when it has a respiratory disease. You have to be able to tell which is which. If it is doing that persistently even if it isn't basking under the heat lamp then you may have a sick beardie in your hands.

However, don't panic. Remember that keeping their mouths gaping is a pretty common behaviour. If they do that from time to time then it's okay. But if your little reptilian pet does it too long and too often and accompanied by other symptoms (like glass surfing or if it is mostly lethargic) then you can bring your dragon in for a checkup.

Twitching Tails

We know cats twitch their tails for different reasons – mostly when they see something quite interesting. As it turns out, bearded dragons twitch their tails too. Well, their tail twitches don't look exactly like a cat's twitch but you get the picture, right?

Just like a cat, a bearded dragon will also twitch its tail when it sees something interesting – and its primary interest (as you might have guessed) is food. Well, they won't twitch their tail (or more like wag it around) like a dog when you're holding out some piece of food in your hand. But they will twitch their tails when they're hunting and they've spotted their next meal.

Now, note that not every bearded dragon on the planet will twitch its tail. Some will twitch their tails (especially when they're on the prowl) but there are those who will keep their tails to themselves. If your dragon does this then you have an added indicator of your pet's mood. Consider it as an extra way for them to communicate with you.

Other than the fact that it is about to pounce on its prey (like a cricket passing by) tail twitching can also mean other things. For instance, if your bearded dragon starts to twitch its tail when you're petting it then it is a sure sign that your dragon is getting irritated by what you are doing – ergo, tail twitching is a bit of an aggressive behaviour.

So, don't equate this behaviour with that of a cat's tail twitches. Cats twitch their tails at you because they want to get your attention. When a bearded dragon does this when you stroke him, touch, or may be pet him then it's a sign that your pet reptile is aggravated and/or irritated. That means you should stop whatever it is you're doing.

Now, sometimes when two bearded dragons meet, you will see one or both of them twitch their tails. Why? Check which one is a female and which one is the male. Most of the time, they will tail twitch when they're mating or courting. At least now you know one sign if one of your beardies is ready to mate and when you should start counting until you see the eggs soon.

Dragons Hissing

We all know that bearded dragons don't make a lot of sounds – well, that's pretty much the same case for any reptile. However, just like the other animals in the same family, these dragons will hiss.

When a dragon hisses at you, you know it's pretty much pissed. Think of a snake poised and on the attack. That's how angry it is when it does that. You ought to know that all bearded dragons are not really aggressive creatures.

They're pretty gentle. However, there are really rare occasions when they get so irritated that they start to display aggressive behaviour – and this is one of them. So, when you see (well and hear as well) your beardie his (maybe at you or at something else) then keep your guard up.

Now, hissing is more of a defensive action – that means they hiss to warn a potential threat. If they feel threatened by your presence they will hiss at you. If they see another bearded dragon walk into their living space a little too close for comfort then they will hiss at it as well.

How To Tell If Your Beardie is Angry

How To Tell If Your Beardie is Angry

Chapter 2: How To Tell If Your Beardie is Angry

Remember that bearded dragons aren't really aggressive creatures. They can even get along pretty well with other bearded dragons that live with them in their tank. Bearded dragons are so congenial that they can get along pretty well with the other pets in the house – though sometimes you will need to work on that a little bit too.

This rather friendly nature is one of the reasons why bearded dragons make such great pets. Nevertheless even the most mild mannered superhero can show aggressive moves from time to time (remember Clark Kent?). The same is true of your beardies. They are typically good natured, but if you get on their nerves, they can pull a few moves that can be a bit intimidating from time to time.

Here are some of the behaviours or signs that beardie is angry. Take note of these aggressive behaviours; that way you'll know if you have pushed your timid little reptile friend a little too much.

Hey You! You're In My Turf!
As stated earlier, bearded dragons will be territorial just like other animals. It is a common nature that is shared by pretty much all creatures – remember that human beings can be pretty territorial as well too.

So, how does a bearded dragon tell the other animals around it that they want to keep a certain area to themselves as their very own private space? They bob their heads.

As explained earlier, head bobbing is an aggressive behaviour. It is also an indication that your bearded dragon is a bit agitated and if you push it a little too much it can be made furious – angry enough to attack.

A bearded dragon, as stated earlier will usually protect its territory from other bearded dragons. Sometimes it does that when another beardie approaches (usually some other dragon he's not pals with). But don't be surprised to see a beardie bob its head at you – well, it's a rare that he or she will do that but it may do it; at least you know what it means.

This is Why They Call Me Beardie
Bearded dragons will fluff their beards as a sign of aggression. This is the reason why they're called "bearded." They will "spread" their beards at the sign of a challenge. Some call this behaviour as fluffing.

When a dragon does this, it is actually giving the other guy a threat. So, what's the point of all of this? A bearded dragon will fluff or spread their beards wide to make itself look bigger – and more threatening. This is usually done to keep other animals – well mostly other bearded dragons away.

Now, you will also notice that some beards of these reptiles will turn darker in colour. In the case of dragons that are brighter in colour, you will see the beards actually go black. When you see the beards go black, then expect to see a fight.

Stay Away
As stated earlier, a bearded dragon will hiss – something like what a snake will do. This is a rather rare behaviour so when you see this happening, you should watch out. Your beardie is ready to attack.

Their teeth is there or a reason. Obviously, biting another animal (and in some cases a human being) is a really aggressive behaviour. You can easily confirm that your bearded dragon is really pissed off if it bites another dragon.

Mild mannered creatures or not bearded dragons know how to fight. Mother Nature has given them the tools for it and they will use them when necessary. If the cause of the aggressive behaviour is another dragon in the tank then maybe you need to get another tank.

If living space is an issue among people, you can bet your bearded dragons will also have trouble with their tank mates. Expect a hierarchy formed when these guys gang up and there should only be one ring leader for each tank. Oh, and be careful if you need to break up a fight, but that that won't happen a lot.

Bearded Dragon Mating Rituals

Bearded Dragon Mating Rituals

Chapter 3: Bearded Dragon Mating Rituals

It should be no secret that bearded dragons are usually docile. They usually get along well other dragons and with other animals with minimum incidents. These creatures aren't even aggressive to begin with.

However, things change when the mating season kicks in a few noticeable changes will happen – you'll notice this since your boys will start behaving rather differently. What once was your friendly neighbourhood bearded dragon will turn into a beast.

Well, not a real "beast" per se – but do expect the males to hiss at you when you least expect it. You may even see more occasions of what appears like in-fighting (mostly among the males). At times the guys will vent their aggression on you – yes you!

That is done in the name of love as it seems since the mating season doesn't come every day. When love is in the air, you will see your bearded dragons pair up. Note that the behaviour you will see will seem aggressive, but if you look closely it may not – especially when you have a male and female bearded dragon pair is involved.

What Behaviours Will I See?

When the mating season comes, you will notice that a pair of bearded dragons will show more interest in each other. A male will usually prefer the company of a female and fight off or scare away the other male beardies.

That also means you will see more males doing head bobs more frequently. The ones at the lower end of the ranks will be doing arm waving more frequently just to show the bigger and tougher dragons that they're not looking for trouble.

The pair of dragons that will be breeding will usually stay close to one another – it's like they're dating. You will also find the males on top of the females on more than one occasion.

During copulation, the male will bite the female at the neck. That's a move they do to keep the female in place. The tails of the pair will also be lifted and at times intertwined, which gives room for both of their reproductive organs to get better contact.

Let the Courtship Begin
Mating season could be the only time of the year you will see any hostile or aggressive behaviour from bearded dragons. This is also a good time to observe how dark their beards can get. Males will also try to make themselves look bigger.

The head bobbing movement will also mean a display of dominance. It also makes them look good in front of the ladies. You will also find more female beardies with some wounds and bite marks on their necks and lips. Beardies can be fierce lovers, you know.

You will also spot a few wounds on the legs, the beard, and the dorsal head of females. When the act is done, the female will signal the male that it's over. She will usually raise her head almost completely vertical.

How Your Beardie Behaves When It Is Sick

How Your Beardie Behaves When It Is Sick

Chapter 4: How Your Beardie Behaves When It Is Sick

We know that bearded dragons aren't as active as cats or dogs but they also tend to move around. On top of that they are also sociable creatures. They're also pretty bright and colourful, which is why a lot of people keep them as pets.

Here are the following hallmarks of an unhealthy bearded dragon:

  1. Sunken eyes (could be a sign of infection)
  2. Snout is damaged or even bloodied (must be caused by a fight or is caused by snout rubbing - you need to find a bigger enclosure)
  3. Jerky behaviour - your beardie is kind of shaky when he or she moves around. This is caused by vitamin D3 and calcium deficiency. Replace your UV bulb with a better one - your beardie is not getting enough UV light.
  4. Obesity - yes, your bearded dragon can also get too fat. Consider adding leafy greens to its diet and move them to a larger enclosure so they can get more exercise.
  5. Disfigured limbs or tail - impact injury. This means a bone or two is broken. It can also be a sign of metabolic bone disease. Bring your beardie to the vet.
  6. Skinny, bony, or malnourished - this is usually due to the fact that your bearded dragon refuses to eat. Your pet will refuse to eat if it is under a lot of stress. Stressors include: change of habitat, feeder insects inside the enclosure, incorrect temperature, and poor diet.
  7. Discoloration of the stomach: this is also due to stress
  8. Discoloured or black coloured mouth: could be a sign of mouth rot. This could be caused by a bacterial infection, unsanitary conditions, and poor temperature. Bring your beardie to the vet immediately.
  9. Mouth hanging open: indication of poor temperature.
  10. Appetite loss: could be caused by stress or stress.
  11. Glass surfing: beardie stands upright on two hind legs and rubs underside against enclosure wall. This is due to stress.
  12. Swollen tail or limbs - tail or limb could be broken. It may be caused by a bad fall or metabolic bone disease. It can also be due to bacterial infection. Bring your pet to the vet ASAP.
  13. Foul smelling stool - it can be a sign of internal parasites or poor diet. Bring your beardie to the vet.
  14. Lethargic - a bearded dragon that rarely moves may be sick or is living in an enclosure with poor temperature.
  15. Eyes aren't clear and bright - notice that your bearded dragon will not move as alert at is usually does. Its eyes could be shedding or it may be infected. Bring him or her to the vet to be sure.
How Do Bearded Dragons Bask

How Do Bearded Dragons Bask

Chapter 5: How Do Bearded Dragons Bask

Just like all the other reptiles on this planet, bearded dragons are also exothermic. Simply put, they rely on external sources of heat to help them regulate their body's temperature. Out in the wild, they rely on the heat of the sun to get warmer.

So, it wouldn't be uncommon to find them basking under the sun as if they were sun bathing. They often seek higher areas or elevations and bask in the sunlight. They prefer tree trunks and warm rocks, since these are usually get pretty hot. You may even find them on fence poles if you're lucky.

So, Why Do They Spread Themselves Out in the Heat?

Other than regulating their body's temperature, bearded dragons bask under any heat source for a number of reasons. Note: you should set up the tanks for your bearded dragons with lamp or other light source.

Inside an enclosure (i.e. their tank) you will notice them looking for the hottest spot. If they live with other beardies in there, you will also notice them competing for that spot. If you have a group of them in one tank then the ring leader will be on top of the other guys when they stack up one on top of the other.

Effects of Basking
Basking has a few benefits for bearded dragons. We have already mentioned that basking is their way of regulating body temperature. On top of that, absorbing heat also helps them in the proper digestion of food. Ultraviolet light also gets absorbed through the skin of bearded dragons which also aids in their body's absorption of calcium.

You will notice that bearded dragons will usually bask for long periods of time under the heat lamp after having a meal. Well, sometimes they just bask anyway - it's a favorite thing of theirs.

Lighting Conditions
When it is sunny outside then you might want to let your beardie out and let him enjoy the sunlight. Spending some time in the sun will be a healthy habit for your pet reptile. Spending some time outside the tank or enclosure will also help relieve the stress it might feel.

However, your pet dragon will need to bask every day and there will be days where the sun won't be out. During such cloudy days or rainy weather, you should make sure that your beardies are getting the optimal basking conditions.

You should set up a basking area or install a basking rock in their enclosures. A spot lamp should be shining directly on the rock. A 60 watt spotlight should do the trick nicely. You should position this lamp about 8 inches or about 20 cm above the basking rock (basking area). The temperature on the rock's surface should be around 93 ºF.

And since your bearded dragons will need the full light spectrum, then you should also install a UV lamp right next to the spot lamp. It should be installed at a distance of 12 inches from the basking rock/basking area.

Chapter 6: Brumation Behaviour

Almost every animal on the planet will go into hibernation when winter comes. Well, we know that some animals migrate to warmer parts of the globe even before the cold snowy months arrive but there are those who stay behind and sleep through winter.

Bearded dragons, like other reptiles, also go into a state which resembles hibernation. This state is called brumation. Now, brumation is a bit different from hibernation. Both brumation and hibernation are forms of dormancy in animals. Both are also triggered by the changes in temperature.

But the idea is pretty much the same. The animal slows down to conserve energy. The behaviour of reptiles during the brumation period is actually pretty much different compared to that of mammals.

When mammals go into hibernation, they bulk up, as it were, and then they go to state similar to a very long sleep. Their bodies shut down to help them last longer all through the winter months. It is obvious that there isn't a lot of food available during winter so the body compensates.

Now, your bearded dragons will go through brumation and it will sometimes seem like your pets are sick but they're not. Let's go over their behaviour when they are in this state.

Brumation Behaviours in Bearded Dragons
When it is time for bearded dragons to start with the brumation cycle they will begin to bulk up. That means they will eat more food. But they usually begin feasting on the stuff you give them to eat usually at the last few weeks of autumn.

You will be happy giving him or her more food since it is definitely asking for more. This means you should consider the time of the year before you make any judgment calls about your bearded dragons. If they ask for more food at this time then give them more to eat.

After the slight feeding frenzy you will notice that as the temperature goes colder (entering the winter months) that your beardies will begin to lose appetite. Some will exhibit a digging behaviour - even the males will begin to dig. Some bearded dragons will also try to hide.

Remember that brumation is not exactly hibernation where the animal will go into a complete sleep. Your bearded dragon will be mostly asleep but they will wake up from time to time. This is one of the differences between the two states.

A bearded dragon will also experience a certain amount of weight loss when they undergo the brumation state. Some will even lose a lot of weight, which will scare some owners since their pets will refuse to eat and would seem depressed. Some bearded dragons may even experience a form of anorexia.

You will notice that they will begin to sleep more and eat less beginning in the cold nights of the winter months. Remember that brumation can last for months. They will continue in this state even if it is sunny and warm in the morning - if the temperature drops (usually at night during the early weeks of winter) they will undergo brumation.

People sometimes call this state as the cold-slumber. Now, remember that the younger bearded dragons may not undergo this state. Well, they're just new and their metabolisms are still developing.

Nevertheless, the lighting and heating conditions in the tank should never change whether your beardies go through brumation or not. Whenever your pet dragon wakes up you should still offer him or her some food even though all they will mostly want is water. You never know when they will go back to their normal body states, which means you will have to reintroduce food to them again.

Chapter 7: Bearded Dragon Burrowing Behaviour

As explained earlier, mostly female bearded dragons will burrow themselves in the sand. This is usually a very normal behaviour especially if you are dealing with a pregnant female. Note that there are normal burrowing behaviours and there are non-normal burrowing behaviours.

That is why it is important to know the conditions that may have occurred that led to this behaviour. Some of these conditions may include the following:

  1. Following the usual mating season a female bearded dragon begins to dig burrows. That means it is time for her to lay her eggs.
  2. Check the time of the year; if it's the later weeks of the autumn season, expect your beardies to dig their own burrows. They're actually just trying to keep warm.
  3. Check the behaviour of other beardies in the tank ¬¬¬- how many fights have occurred recently? You may need to move this beardie to his own tank/enclosure.
  4. Do your bearded dragons have enough time outside the tank?
  5. Other possible stressors or causes of disease

What is Normal Burrowing?
It is recommended to add some substrate in the living space of bearded dragons. This will help them get a feel of the natural world or environment they lived in the wild. A healthy looking beardie that burrows itself to go to sleep is normal. It helps them feel comfy, helps them sleep, and it also calms them since burrowing is a behaviour they usually do to protect themselves from possible predators.

Any burrowing done in the early evening or even in the afternoon is absolutely normal. This kind of behaviour is also normal during the colder days - remember that brumation is triggered by the outside temperature. When coupled by lower activity levels, then you know your beardie is undergoing brumation.

Next, how can you tell if a female beardie is pregnant? It will have larger abdomens, which will be full of eggs. You can tell which are the females that are sexually active (you should note which ones are). A female dragon that is pregnant and is ready to lay her eggs will usually be burrowing for several days without fail.

What Does Abnormal Burrowing Look Like?
A bearded dragon that has refused to eat, and is lethargic, won't socialize with other dragons, or shows other forms of disease and then begins to burrow is not normal. If you notice that it pukes out food or maybe it is glass surfing, then you know that there is something wrong and that its burrowing behaviour is not normal.

Take the puke, some stool samples, and your beardie to your vet. You need a careful diagnosis when this happens.

Thank you for reading this hub. It is my hope that the information here was able to help you understand how your bearded dragon behaves and what their actions mean. Understanding what your little beardies mean will be a big help when it comes to taking good care of your beloved pets.


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