Bearded Dragons Are Better At Climbing Than You Think

Can Bearded Dragons Climb?Many reptiles like and actually need to climb. Chameleons, for example, live mostly in trees. What about bearded dragons? Do bearded dragons like to climb?

In the wild, bearded dragons often climb on trees or other high places to have a good view. This helps them to see predators or other bearded dragons earlier. So while bearded dragons in captivity are mostly kept in long, but not tall terrariums, they are actually very good climbers and like to climb.

However, does that mean that you have to get a new terrarium now? And what should you get for your bearded dragon to climb on? Logs? Branches or stones? Continue to read to learn more.

Do Bearded Dragons Like To Climb?

There are bearded dragons that are not as active as others, but all bearded dragons have an urge for movement and they also have an urge for climbing. In fact, in the wild of Australia, you can see a lot of bearded dragons lying on trees, high rocks or even fences.

Actually, in the wild, bearded dragons that want to flee from a threat often times run to trees in order to hide. They run to a tree, climb on it and rely on their body color, their natural camouflage. It almost looks like bearded dragons melt with trees, because their camouflage works so good with them.

Their claws are perfectly shaped for climbing trees and other rough surfaces and they can climb very quickly. If they see a possible threat, they simply jump down the tree and run to a safer place or they fight off the threat.

Besides that, if bearded dragons are kept in a group, you can see the alpha male always lying on the highest place possible. Yes, even though bearded dragons should not be kept in groups, they also have alpha males and the fact that they always choose the highest place as best place says a lot.

If you want to know why bearded dragon should not be kept together, read this.

So as you see, bearded dragons like to climb and they have no problems to climb quickly to the top of whatever they climb and come down even quicker.

Why Are They Kept In Long Tanks Then?

Most people simply do not know that bearded dragons climb a lot. It is not known why only long terrariums have established for bearded dragons instead of long and tall terrariums.

However, even though bearded dragons can climb pretty high, it doesn´t mean that bearded dragons need to do that. It is also okay if you just give your bearded dragon the opportunity to climb, if it can´t climb highly it´s not a problem. At least it can climb.

So if you have a tank that is only long, but not very high, that is totally fine. However, if you want to get a new tank in the future, think about getting a tank that is long and tall.

What Should You Get For Climbing?

It is best to get some branches and position them horizontally, but also vertically, to give your bearded dragon a very natural climbing experience.

Logs and branches made of cork are great for bearded dragons to climb on as they have a very rough surface which is optimal for a bearded dragon´s claws. However, that doesn´t mean that only cork is great for bearded dragons.

You can take any branches you want as long as they have a rough surface and your bearded dragon can´t get hurt climbing on them. So for example, bamboo should not be put into a bearded dragon tank as bearded dragon´s can´t climb on it.

You can even bring branches from outside and put them into the tank as long as they do not contain any pestizides. This way you can create a very natural habitat for your bearded dragon without spending a lot of money.

Still, if you want to buy some pieces of cork for your bearded dragon, I recommend to get this cork bark. It is not only great for climbing, it is also great for hiding. Combine this cork round with a couple of other branches and your bearded dragon can climb all day.

You should still leave some space for your bearded dragon to walk normally though.

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Further, you should make sure that your bearded dragon can´t get too close to the heat bulb while climbing.

Creating a basking spot is okay, but if your bearded dragon can get too close to the heat bulb your beardie could be burned easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a couple of further common questions on bearded dragons and climbing that I´d like to answer in the following section.

Do Bearded Dragons Like To Climb High?

Yes, bearded dragons like to climb very high. The higher they climb the better their view and that is what bearded dragons want. In the wild, people found bearded dragons in trees at a height of 2 meters and higher.

Do Bearded Dragons Climb Trees?

As I said, bearded dragons love to climb trees and trees are excellent as bearded dragons are perfectly camouflaged on them. However, bearded dragons can´t climb on all trees. They prefer trees with a lot of branches and with a rough surface that makes climbing easier for them.

Can Bearded Dragons Climb Walls?

Bearded dragons can climb some walls, but it always depends on the surface. If the wall has a very rough surface, a bearded dragon will be able to climb it. However, they do not climb walls as easily as most geckos do.

Can Bearded Dragons Climb Glass?

Bearded dragons can´t climb glass as they only use their claws to climb. A gecko´s skin is made for climbing any surface and they don´t need their claws for that, but bearded dragons do not have such a skin. (Not all geckos have such a skin)

So if your bearded dragon tries to climb the glass of its tank, it is probably doing something that is called glass-surfing. This can have several reasons, from seeing food on the other side of the room to wanting to get out of the tank.

Can Bearded Dragons Climb Stairs?

Yes, bearded dragon can climb carpeted stairs or other stairs with rough surfaces. Some bearded dragons can even climb stairs with slippery surfaces as they can jump pretty well, too.

Conclusion

Bearded dragons do not only like to climb, they are actually made for climbing and do so in the wild every day.

However, you don´t have to get a new tank now, it is enough to put some branches and logs into the bearded dragon tank so that your bearded dragon can at least climb a little bit.

Any questions?

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You Can Feed Your Bearded Dragon Mice If This Happens

Can Bearded Dragons Eat MiceIf you own a bearded dragon, you probably already have noticed that bearded dragons eat almost everything unhesitatingly that´s alive. However, what about mice? Can bearded dragons eat mice?

Bearded dragons should eat mice very rarely. For example, they can eat mice after very bad diseases or during pregnancy as they need a lot of nutrients during this time. Feeding mice too often can lead to diseases like fatty liver disease.

So that was the answer in short, but there are a couple of questions you should still have. For example, how to feed mice? Dead? Frozen? Further you should know which mice are the best for bearded dragons. Continue to read to learn more.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mice?

As you just have learned, there are only two good reasons to feed your bearded dragons mice, otherwise your bearded dragon might get sick.

During Pregnancy

Pregnant bearded dragons need a lot of energy and a lot of nutrients. It does not matter if your bearded dragons lays fertilized eggs or unfertilized eggs, the production of eggs requires a lot of energy.

It is not only that your bearded dragon has to produce the eggs inside its womb. It´s also that your bearded dragon will look for good places to lay the eggs. During that time, you will see your bearded dragon digging , since bearded dragon normally lay eggs in caves they dug themselves.

Digging and laying the eggs require a lot of energy.

Further your bearded dragon needs a lot of calcium during this phase as they need it for themselves and for producing the eggs (a big part of the egg is made of calcium). That´s why you only should feed mice with a certain age, but I will explain how to feed mice and which mice to feed later in this article.

After A Bad Disease Or Similar

Most Bearded dragons that suffered from a bad disease or from parasites are very weak. To help your bearded dragon to get strong and healthy quickly, you can feed mice.

Mice are high in fat and high in protein. Protein and fat are energy and this is exactly what your bearded dragon needs after a bad disease or after suffering from parasites. Especially parasites are known for draining a bearded dragon´s energy.

Beardies that suffer from parasites are most of the times very inactive and lethargic.Should Bearded Dragons Eat Mice

What Happens If You Feed Mice Too Often?

As I just said, mice are very high in protein and high in fat and normally, bearded dragons should not eat mice. It is just too much for them and bearded dragons that live in a tank do not really have use for that energy.

However, feeding mice too often can also lead to diseases. It can lead to renal gout, because mice contain so much protein. Further it can lead to fatty liver disease, because mice contain so much fat.

Especially fatty liver disease gets more and more common in bearded dragons. That is because a lot of bearded dragon owners just feed too much food that is high in fat. Most bearded dragons in captivity are simply overfed.

Not only mice are high in fat, mealworms, for example, are also very high in fat and should not be fed too often.

In fact, I do not feed any mealworms at all. You can read here why I do not feed mealworms.

How To Feed A Bearded Dragon Mice

You just have learned when to feed a bearded dragon mice. Here is how to feed them and which mice you should feed bearded dragons.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mice Pinkies?

Bearded dragons can eat mice pinkies. In fact, it is recommended to feed mice pinkies instead of mice that are a week old, for example. Mice pinkies are lower in fat and they have a better calcium:phosphor ratio than mice that are a week old.

Mice pinkies that are 1 to 2 days old have a calcium:phosphor ratio of 1,7:1,0. Mice that are 7 to 8 days old, which are also referred to as fuzzy mice, have a calcium:phosphor ratio of 1,0:1,3.

So as you see, mice that are around 7 days old are higher in phosphor than in calcium. However, bearded dragons need a lot of calcium and it is always recommended to feed food that is higher in calcium than it is in phosphor.

That´s why feeding mice pinkies is ideal.

Here are the most important nutrients in mice pinkies and in mice that are 7 days old:

Mice Pinkies per 100g

  • Protein: 64g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Carbohydrates: 1,7g
  • Calcium: 160g
  • Phosphor: 90g

Mice That Are 7 Days Old (Fuzzy Mice) per 100g

  • Protein: 44g
  • Fat: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Calcium: 140g
  • Phosphor: 180g

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Frozen Mice?

Yes, bearded dragons can eat frozen mice. However, before you feed the mice you have to unfreeze them and the mice should have a temperature of 86 °F (30 °C) to 95 °F (35 °C). Food that is too cold or too warm can irritate a bearded dragons digestive system.

Do Bearded Dragons Eat Mice In The Wild?

Bearded dragons are omnivores, which means that they can and do eat everything. In the woodlands of Australia, there is a huge variety of food and bearded dragons can also find mice there. If a bearded dragon is able to catch a mouse, it will eat it. However, an adult bearded dragon´s meal plan consists of around 80% greens and only 20% is live food.

So they do not eat mice often in the wild and even if they would do that, in the wild, bearded dragons get way more exercise than they get in captivity. They simply can burn the fat, the calories and the protein quicker in the wild.

The video below shows a captive bearded dragon that is allowed to go outside. It actually caught a mouse while being outside.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Fuzzy Mice?

Fuzzy mice are mice that are around 5 to 9 days old. Bearded dragons should only eat pinkies as they are smaller, lower in fat and they have a better calcium:phosphor ratio than fuzzy mice.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Hopper Mice?

Bearded dragons should not eat hopper mice. Hopper mice are too big for bearded dragons and a bearded dragon could even die from trying to swallow the mouse. Further, alive hopper mice can even be dangerous to bearded dragon as they tend to bite. Only feed your bearded dragon mice pinkies if you have to.

Conclusion

There are not a lot of situations that allow you to feed your bearded dragon mice. Honestly, I do not do this at all, but if your bearded dragon is pregnant or suffered from a bad disease, it is your choice.

So, can bearded dragons eat mice? They can, but usually, they shouldn´t.

Any questions? Leave a message in the comment section below.

7 Reasons Your Bearded Dragon Is So Small

Why is my bearded dragon so smallAs you probably know, bearded dragons can get pretty huge. They do not get as big as iguanas, but they definitely can become big boys or girls. If your bearded dragon is not growing, something has to be wrong. So if you ask yourself: Why is my bearded dragon so small? – Here is your answer!

Often times, small bearded dragons that do not grow properly are malnourished or live in a tank with an insufficient lighting setup. Further, not all types of bearded dragons become big. The pygmy bearded dragon (Pogona Henrylawsoni) only gets around 12 inches (30cm) in size.

However, the are are even more reasons that could lead to slower growth or no growth at all in bearded dragons. Below I show you, what those other reasons are and what you can do about it. Further, at the end of this article I show you an easy way to tell if your bearded dragon is growing properly or not.

Why Is My Bearded Dragon So Small?

As you just have learned, there are several things that could cause your bearded dragon to stay small. Fortunately, most of the reasons are easily explained and also easily fixed. So if your bearded dragon is smaller than it should be, in most cases that can be changed quickly.

However, that does not mean that you should take this lightly. Actually a couple of reasons require immediate action. So here are all reasons for lack of growth.

1. Is Your Bearded Dragon Suffering From Parasites?

A lot of bearded dragons in captivity suffer from parasites at least once in their lifetime. While parasites can occur if you do not clean the tank properly, your bearded dragon could also get infected with parasites by only eating its food.

Sometimes, the box of crickets that we get from pet stores or online can be infested with parasites. So even if you do everything right, this can happen.

Parasites are known for draining a lot of your bearded dragon´s energy. If your bearded dragon is still young, it can happen that those parasites drain so much energy that they reduce your bearded dragon´s growth and the beardie stays small.

Needless to say that you should take your bearded dragon to a reptile vet immediately. If you can´t take your bearded dragon to a vet right now, but you suspect that your bearded dragon is suffering from parasites, send a stool sample of your bearded dragon to the reptile vet.

This way they can check your bearded dragon on parasites quickly even if you can´t drive to the vet.

Some parasites do not only slow down growth. They can also kill your bearded dragon slowly or quickly, so it is very important to check your bearded dragon on parasites at least once a year or as soon as your bearded dragon acts weird.

2. Do You Keep Multiple Bearded Dragons In One Tank?

Even though a lot of pet shops sell bearded dragons in groups, you should not keep multiple bearded dragons in one tank.

Bearded dragons are solitary animals or in other words, they are loners. Most of the times, keeping multiple bearded dragons in one tank just doesn´t work. Male bearded dragons are very territorial.

If you keep two male in one tank, one of those males will get oppressed and even attacked. Even if you keep one male and one female or two females in one tank, things like that can happen.

Male bearded dragons can even suppress their gender in order to appear like a female. This way, they can survive living with another, stronger male bearded dragon in one tank.

People that keep more than one bearded dragon in one tank often say that one of their bearded dragon is substantially smaller than the other bearded dragon. This happens mostly because the smaller bearded dragon gets oppressed.

So if you have a very small bearded dragon, you should separate the two immediately before worse things can happen.Small Bearded Dragon

3. Not Enough Calcium?

Bearded dragons need calcium to grow properly. Calcium is very important for healthy bones and if a bearded dragon does not get enough calcium, it won´t grow and it bones will get soft over time.

A bearded dragon that suffers from soft bones over a long period of time, will become deformed and it won´t be able to hunt nor to even stand still as it´s limbs are so weak that a stable position will be impossible. Eventually your bearded dragon will die from that if left untreated. This disease is called metabolic bone disease.

While most people already dust the feeder insects with a calcium supplement, that might not be enough. It is very important that you offer calcium at all times. If you do not do that yet or if your bearded dragon isn´t growing properly, I highly recommend to read my article on beardie diet tips. Click here to read it.

4. Wrong Temperature?

Bearded dragons come from the wild of Australia. As you can imagine, it is pretty hot there and that´s why you have to get heat bulbs that can get really hot. The temperature under the basking spot should be around 110 °F.

However, not only the temperature under the basking spot is important. The temperature in the whole tank is important. If the temperature in your tank is too low, your bearded dragon might not be very active, because it can´t get it´s body on temperature.

As you probably know, bearded dragons are cold-blooded, which means that they do not have a stable body temperature and need an external heat source to control their body temperature.

If they are not able to heat up properly, a bearded dragon´s body won´t function properly. It can´t move as fast as it normally could, it will be pretty lazy or even lethargic and young bearded dragons won´t grow properly.

As you see, the temperature in your tank is highly important. If you need to know what temperatures your beardie tank needs and what heat lamps you should get, click here to read my article on that.

5. Wrong UVB Lights?

Having no UVB lamps or insufficient UVB lamps and not offering enough calcium have the same results. Your bearded dragon´s bones will become soft, it won´t grow and it will become deformed and eventually it will die.

That is because, bearded dragons need to produce vitamin D to be able to process calcium. Bearded dragons can only produce vitamin D if they get enough UVB rays from a UVB lamp.

Unfortunately, not all UVB bulbs are good. In fact, most of them have an insufficient UVB output. Further, it is highly important to change the UVB bulb every 6 to 8 months as the UVB output of those bulbs reduces over time.

If you need to know what the best UVB bulb is, read my bearded dragon lighting guide. Click here to read it.

6. What Type Of Bearded Dragon Do You Have?

Actually, not all bearded dragons do get really big. While there are bearded dragons that simply do not get as big as other bearded dragons, there are also different types of bearded dragons.

For example, most bearded dragons in captivation are Pogona Vitticeps and can become 20 to 22 inches in length. Pogona barbata, or the eastern bearded dragon, can get even 24 inches in length in captivation.

The pygmy bearded dragon, Pogona henrylawsoni, only gets 12 inches in length.

If your bearded dragon is pretty small, it might be that you have a pygmy bearded dragon and not a standard bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps).

Pygmy bearded dragons do not have spikes as normal bearded dragons have. That´s how you can identify them.

7. Is Your Bearded Dragon Malnourished?

Juvenile bearded dragons should be fed live food each and every day, even multiple times a day. The protein they get from live food is very important for proper growth. Juvenile bearded dragons that are not fed properly won´t grow as quickly bearded dragons that get enough protein.

Baby bearded dragons can eat a full box of micro-crickets or small crickets per day. Some can even eat more. Just look at the baby beardie in the video below!

How To Tell If Your Bearded Dragon Is Growing Properly

Many people are worried that their baby bearded dragon, or young bearded dragon is not growing properly. That´s why a lot of bearded dragon owners weigh their bearded dragon every week or every month to ensure that their bearded dragon is growing as it should.

However, there is another way to tell if your bearded dragon is healthy and growing properly – regular shedding.

If you have a young bearded dragon it will shed every 4 weeks or even more often. The older they get the longer they need to shed. So if your young bearded dragon shedding at least once a month without any problems, your bearded dragon is growing properly.

Reptiles grow their whole life. However, young reptiles grow faster than older reptiles and that´s why they shed more often. If your bearded dragon is not shedding, it is not growing. More on shedding here.

Do Bearded Dragons Grow To The Size Of Their Cage?

That is a myth. Bearded dragons do not grow to the size of their cage. Lack of growth in bearded dragon is a result of insufficient lighting, bad feeding, diseases or parasites. Bearded dragons can get around 24 inches in length and they do not stay small just because they live in a small tank. Bearded dragons that are kept in a too small tank for too long will die eventually.

Conclusion

As you see, if you have a small bearded dragon, there are several things you might have to change quickly.

However, you should always keep in mind that some bearded dragons simply do not get as big as other bearded dragons. That´s just normal and if your bearded dragon is active, attentive and shedding properly, you don´t have to worry about it.

Why is my bearded dragon so small? – this article should have answered all the questions you had.

Still, if you have further questions, leave a message in the comment section.

Source: https://en.wikivet.net/Lizard_Metabolic_Bone_Disease

How To Feed A Bearded Dragon While On Vacation

How To Feed A Bearded Dragon While On VacationGoing on a vacation should be fun and you shouldn´t have to worry about anything that is going on at home. Easier said than done if you keep bearded dragons. What should you do with them while you are on vacation? How to feed a bearded dragon while on vacation? The answers might suprise you.

A healthy bearded dragon can go without food for 2 weeks and more. Put some eatable plants like bolivian jew and edible wild herbs like cress, savory and rosemary in the terrarium before you leave. Those plants and herbs won´t get moldy and your bearded dragon will have food for several days.

You see that it is easier than you thought, but there might be a couple of questions you still have about this topic. For example, what should you do if your bearded dragon refuses to eat greens? How long can you go on vacation? Should you turn the lights off? Continue to read to learn more.

How To Feed A Bearded Dragon While On Vacation?

Most people that go on vacation worry about their bearded dragon. They do not know how long their bearded dragon can go without food and water and most of the times there are no people who would be willing to drive to your house each and every day to check on your bearded dragon.

Moving the entire tank to a friend or a family member isn´t an option either.

The good news is that bearded dragons are very hardy. Probably way more hardy than you think and they can be alone and without food for weeks without any problems.

I still recommend to ask someone to check on your bearded dragon once a week. I mean, we are not only talking about your bearded dragon. If the lights are switched on and off with a time switch each and every day without anyone in the house, I would be worried about my house, too.

So finding someone who would be willing to do that once a week should be way easier then finding someone who would be willing to do that every day.

If you are on vacation for only a couple of days, there is no need to ask someone to check on your bearded dragon and feed it.

Feed Some Wild Herbs!

Most bearded dragons in captivity are overfed and too fat. That is because the majority of bearded dragon owners think that it would be cruel to not feed a bearded dragon live food every day. However, adult bearded dragons should not get food every day and they should eat more greens than live food.

So putting some wild herbs in the terrarium before you leave is not cruel at all. In fact, this is a very natural thing for bearded dragons. They are used to not finding food in the wild each and every day and herbs are part of their natural diet plan.

The good thing about herbs is that they don´t get moldy. Herbs only dry out, so there is no danger for your bearded dragon. Most bearded dragons even love to eat dry herbs, so even if the herbs get dry, your bearded dragon will still have food.

In the beginning of this article I recommended herbs like savory, rosemary and cress, but there are so many herbs that you can feed your bearded dragon unhesitatingly. If you need to know which herbs you can feed your bearded dragon, simply click here for my bearded dragon food list.

Get Some Bolivian Jew!

Bolivian jew (Callisia Repens) is one of my favorite plants for a bearded dragon tank. It has a nice color and it can survive in a bearded dragon tank for a very long time.

What is also great about bolivian jew is that bearded dragons can eat it and they actually love to eat it. I mean, okay after your bearded dragon took a big bite it doesn´t look that beautiful anymore, but who cares? Your bearded dragon is happy.

So if you go on vacation for two weeks, simply buy two bolivian jew plants and put them into the terrarium before you leave. Your bearded dragon will have enough food for days. You can get bolivian jew here!

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And if you want to know what other plants you can put in a bearded dragon terrarium, read my article on plants for a bearded dragon tank here!

What To Do If Your Bearded Dragon Refuses To Eat Greens?

As I said, many bearded dragons in captivity get way too much food each and every day and they also eat the wrong food.

For example, if a bearded dragon gets too much food that is high in fat, it can become addicted to it and refuse any other food than food that might be healthier. Food that is high in fat is like fast food for bearded dragons, it tastes great, it is unhealthy, but highly addictive.

Bearded dragons are omnivores, which means that they eat absolutely everything they can catch. So if your bearded dragon refuses to eat greens, you might be feeding your bearded dragon incorrectly.

Feeding only live food is not healthy and you should change that immediately.

Since I know, that many bearded dragon owners have this problem, I have written an ebook on this to help owners to get their bearded dragon to eat greens quickly. So if you want to learn how to make your bearded dragon eat greens within the next 7 days, my ebook will show you exactly how that is done. Click here to get it!

What About The Feces?

Bearded dragons defecate at least once a week, but most bearded dragons in captivity defecate every day. Bearded dragons that defecate every day get a lot of food and probably mostly live food.

A bearded dragon that eats mostly greens and only eats live food two times a week does not defecate that often. A bearded dragon that eats only greens for a couple of days probably only defecates once a week.

My grandma always said, what goes in has to come out eventually. However, if your bearded dragon doesn´t get a lot of food, there is not much that can come out of it.

Still, if you leave for more than 7 days, you should find someone who is willing to clean the tank at least once a week.

What About Water?

Bearded dragons come from the dry woodlands of Australia and it can happen that it doesn´t rain there for months. Bearded dragons are absolutely fine with that. In fact, they are used to being dehydrated. I have written an article on that, read it here.

So even though some bearded dragons like to drink a lot, they do not really need a lot of water. In fact, they mostly get the water they need from their food. So if you put some herbs and plants in the terrarium for your bearded dragon to eat, it will be fine for two weeks.

Should You Turn The Lights Off?

Lighting is a very complicated topic and some people think that they should leave the lights in the tank on 24/7. That´s not true, of course. You should definitely use a time switch to switch the lights on in the morning and off in the evening.

Some people switch the lights completely off when they go on vacation. By doing that, they force their bearded dragon to go into brumation. If you don´t know what that is, bearded dragons brumate once a year. Basically, they sleep for a very long time to rest and to survive the colder days in the wild.

In the wild of Australia they do that around October or November and most bearded dragons in captivity also brumate during that time.

So should you do that? Can you just switch the lights off and leave? Well, in the wild of Australia, bearded dragons do not only brumate in November. They actually also brumate during rainy periods. Rainy periods can lower the ambient temperature rapidly which forces bearded dragons to find a good hide and brumate until the rain has dropped and the temperature rises again.

In the wild, this doesn´t bother bearded dragons too much, so you can do that in a terrarium as well.

However, I still recommend to leave the lights on and feed herbs and plants instead. I like to let my bearded dragons decide when they want to brumate and not force them to.

If you still want to try it, I recommend to read my bearded dragon brumation guide first.

Will My Bearded Dragon Miss Me?

Bearded dragons do get used to their owners and trust them more than other humans. However, a bearded dragon will not miss you if you go on vacation.

Sorry to say that, but who knows what goes on in their heads anyways? 🙂

Conclusion

Bearded dragons can go without food for a long time and it is okay if you go on vacation and your bearded dragon doesn´t get any food for a week. They can deal with that without and problems.

They can even survive without food for two weeks, but I highly recommend to give them some herbs so that they at least have some food for the first days.

Further, you should have someone who checks on your bearded dragon once a week.

So now you know how to feed a bearded dragon while on vacation. Enjoy your vacation!

Any questions? Leave them in the comment section below!

The Real Reason Why Your Bearded Dragon Is So Lazy

Why Is My Bearded Dragon So LazyMost people think that bearded dragons are simply lazy reptiles. They think that this is normal in bearded dragons. However, is that really the truth? And if that´s not true, why is your bearded dragon so lazy? Here is the answer.

Bearded dragons normally are very active reptiles. Laziness or lethargy in bearded dragon is always a sign for sickness or faulty housing conditions. Temperatures that are too low can cause lethargy in bearded dragons while overfeeding and feeding the wrong food can cause laziness in bearded dragons.

So as you see, a bearded dragon can be lazy or it can be lethargic. However, what is the difference between the two? And how should you feed your bearded dragon so that it becomes more active again?

Why Is My Bearded Dragon So Lazy?

As you just learned, laziness and lethargy in bearded dragons is caused by faulty housing conditions, wrong feeding and it can be caused by several other reasons, which I am going to tell you later in this article.

First, you should be aware of the fact that there is a difference between lethargy and laziness. While laziness is a choice, lethargy is a lack of energy which could be caused by a medical condition or by faulty housing conditions.

So lazy bearded dragons just don´t want to move, but are still attentive. Lethargic bearded dragons are not attentive.

As you see, those are two completely different things. While a bearded dragon that is lazy, most probably is healthy, a bearded dragon that is lethargic might be sick or there might be something else wrong with it.

So when it comes to laziness in bearded dragons, there is just one single reason for this. And here it is:

Overfeeding And Feeding The Wrong Food

Laziness in bearded dragons is actually pretty common in bearded dragons in captivity. Most people think that bearded dragons should eat live food and maybe some greens and that´s it.

However, just feeding a bearded dragon this way can lead to sickness, laziness and overweight. Most pet bearded dragons are actually too fat and fat bearded dragons are more vulnerable to diseases.

In fact, more and more pet bearded dragons suffer and die from fatty liver disease.

So if your bearded dragon is lazy all the time, there is a good chance that you are overfeeding and feeding the wrong food. Let´s talk about what you can do about that.

Bearded Dragons Are Hardy

First, you should be aware of the fact that bearded dragons are pretty hardy. Healthy, adult bearded dragons can go without food for 1 or 2 weeks without any problems. They are used to being not able to catch or to find food in the wild of Australia.

So in order to not overfeed your bearded dragon, you should at least have one day per week when you feed your bearded dragon nothing at all.

Greens Over Live Food

Second, adult bearded dragons should always eat more greens than life food. Don´t get me wrong, they should get some protein from insects, but feeding your bearded dragon live food each and every day will make it fat and sick over time.

Feeding live food three to four times a week is more than enough. A lot of people only feed live food twice per week and that is fine as well.

Baby bearded dragons on the other side, should eat more live food than greens. They need the fat and the protein for growth.why bearded dragons are lazy

Mealworms? Throw Them Away!

Third, bearded dragons need no treats. I know that you don´t mean to harm your bearded dragon by feeding treats, but it can get too much and it can make your bearded dragon fat and lazy.

Mealworms and superworms are especially bad for bearded dragons. The majority of bearded dragon owners likes to feed those worms, but they are high in fat, which is just not good for bearded dragons.

Malnourished bearded dragons or bearded dragons that were sick and need more energy can eat mealworms, but healthy bearded dragons do not need them.

They are not just bad for your bearded dragon´s health, they are also addictive. Yes, your bearded dragon can get addicted to mealworms and refuses to eat other food.

Want to learn more about the effects mealworms can have on bearded dragons? Click here to read my article on that.

Your Bearded Dragon Is Refusing To Eat Greens? No Problem!

I know that a lot of bearded dragons in captivity are refusing to eat greens. However, this is not normal as bearded dragons are omnivores and it shows that your bearded dragon was fed incorrectly for quite a long period of time.

Luckily you can do something about that, even though it requires a little bit of work. I have written an ebook on that.

My ebook shows you how you can get your bearded dragon to eat greens within the next 7 days! Get it here!

A List Of Greens And Vegetables

Bearded dragons can actually eat a lot of different greens and vegetables. I have created a list with over 88 things your bearded dragon is allowed to eat. Have a look at it here.

Reasons For Lethargy In Bearded Dragons

As I said, laziness and lethargy in bearded dragons are two different things. If your bearded dragon is lethargic, your bearded dragon might even be sick. So here are the reasons for lethargy in bearded dragons.

Insufficient Lighting

As you know, bearded dragons live in sunny Australia and it can get extremely hot there. A lot of sunlight and high temperatures are exactly what bearded dragons need, since they are cold-blooded. Cold-blooded animals need an external heat source to get their body on temperature.

If a bearded dragon is not able to bask properly, which means no light or low temperatures, it won´t be able to get its body on temperature. In that case, a bearded dragon´s body is not able to perform properly.

This can appear as laziness.

Further, bearded dragons need UVB light to survive. Through the UVB rays, their body is able to produce vitamin D, which is needed to process calcium to their bones. If you do not have a good UVB bulb, your bearded dragon will become sick.

If you are worried that your lighting might be insufficient, read my bearded dragon lighting guide.

The video below shows the perfect example of a lethargic bearded dragon. The beardie is not really attentive, closes its eyes and the lighting in that tank is incorrect.


Lethargic bearded dragons often suffer from parasites. Parasites are known for draining a bearded dragon´s energy so that a bearded dragon won´t move much anymore.

Diseases like tail rot and mouth rot, or other diseases can also be the problem. I think I don´t need to tell you that a sick bearded dragon won´t be as active as a healthy bearded dragon, so if you fear that your bearded dragon might be sick, get it to a herb vet.

If you fear that your bearded dragon might suffer from parasites, you can send a stool sample to your reptile vet.

Stress

A stressed bearded dragon might appear lethargic. Constant stress can make a bearded dragon sick and that´s why it is extremely important to give a bearded dragon the opportunity to avoid all potential sources of stress.

Actually, hides are very important for bearded dragons as they can reduce stress. If you want to learn more about that, read here why hides are so important for bearded dragons.

Other Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons are solitary animals, which means that they should not be kept in groups. Unfortunately, most pet shops sell them in groups and tell their customers that bearded dragons only do well in groups.

Male bearded dragons are very territorial and will oppress and attack other male bearded dragons until the other male leaves or dies.

Male and female or two female bearded dragons can get along with each other, but there is no guarantee for that.

So if your bearded dragon gets oppressed by another bearded dragon, it might appear lethargic. You have to separate your bearded dragons.

Conclusion

No matter if your bearded dragon is lethargic or if it is lazy, this behavior is not normal in bearded dragons and you should check your beardie diet and your housing conditions.

If that is okay, your bearded dragon might be sick and you need to take it to a vet.

So I hope that this article has answered the question: Why is my bearded dragon so lazy? Still, if you have further questions, simply leave a message in the comment section below.

Why Hides Are So Important For Bearded Dragons

Do bearded dragons need a hide?Many reptiles need hides. For example, leopard geckos should have several hides in different temperature zones in their habitat. However, do bearded dragons need a hide as well?

Bearded dragons and most other reptiles should always have a hide in their terrarium. Even though most bearded dragons are very calm, there are situations that could stress them and a hide will make them feel more safe and reduce stress. Further, a lot of bearded dragons like to use hides as sleeping place.

This was the short answer, but I know that you probably have a couple of questions on hides. Many people fear that their bearded dragon doesn´t become tame if it can hide all the time or they fear that their bearded dragon could not get enough light. Here is why you don´t have to worry.

Do Bearded Dragons Need A Hide?

Most bearded dragon tanks are poorly equipped. No real substrate, only one branch or log and a food bowl. That is not an appropriate environment for a bearded dragon.

Think about that, bearded dragons do not live in the desert, they live in the dry woodlands of Australia. In the woodlands, there are a lot of branches, fallen trees, bushes and other hides a bearded dragon loves to use.

The reality is, in the wild, bearded dragons need those hides, otherwise they would die quickly. In the wild, bearded dragons always have to watch out for birds and other predators. A fallen tree or a cleft in the rocks can be a life saver for them.

Further, female bearded dragons only lay their eggs where they feel safe to ensure that her babys survive. If they can´t find a good hide, they dig a little cave and lay their eggs in that cave.

So as you see, hides are part of a natural bearded dragon environment. What does that mean for you?

Right! Get a hide!

However, you might be wondering why bearded dragons need a hide in a tank. I mean, there are no real dangers in a tank, right? That might be right, but most bearded dragons would say that this is wrong.

Even though there are no real dangers in captivation, it doesn´t mean that your bearded dragon has no fear anymore. In captivation, other things could be seen as potential threats.

For example, a human could be dangerous to a bearded dragon. While most bearded dragons are pretty laid back and are not really afraid of their owners, other bearded dragons are stressed and need to get used to humans first.

That´s not all. If you have a cat, your bearded dragon could freak out whenever it sees your cat. Some bearded dragons are scared by TVs or weird looking lamps, or whatever they can see outside of their tank.

You have to keep in mind that bearded dragons have excellent eyes. They can see as good as humans can and they can even see birds outside of your windows.

So no matter if your bearded dragon is always relaxed or totally nervous at all times, hides are good for every bearded dragon and you should always have one, just in case your bearded dragon needs to feel safe for a while.do bearded dragons need somewhere to hide

They Like To Sleep In Hides

Most bearded dragons prefer sleeping in hides over just sleeping in the middle of the terrarium. Knowing that it is protected during its sleep will make a bearded dragon feel way more relaxed.

For that, it is recommended to place the hide in the cooler zone. To fall in a deep sleep, bearded dragons need lower temperatures (Below 68 °F or 20 °C would be best) and sleeping in a hide in the warmer zone could be counterproductive, even though the temperature drops in the whole tank during the night.

Besides that, bearded dragons should be able to brumate once a year. Most bearded dragons want to brumate around October or November. For that, bearded dragons naturally look for safe places where they can sleep for a long time without getting eaten by predators.

If you allow your bearded dragon to brumate, your bearded dragon will show you that it is time to reduce the lighting times by eating less, being inactive and staying and sleeping in the hide even during the day.

This can be quite confusing, that´s why I have written a brumation guide here – just in case you need it.

Does My Bearded Dragon Get Enough Light?

Bearded dragons know exactly what they need, so there is no need to worry about this.

A healthy bearded dragon will come out of its hide in the morning to bask to get its body on temperature, otherwise it would not be able to function properly. If your bearded dragon does not do this, there might be something wrong with your bearded dragon.

It might be sick, or it might be stressed out. If you are sure that your bearded dragon does not come out, you should bring your beardie to a vet to check if everything is okay.

If your bearded dragon is healthy, there might be something that stresses your bearded dragon. In that case, I always recommend to cover the sides and the back of the bearded dragon enclosure.

The lesser your bearded dragon is able to see outside of the cage, the less it will be stressed and eventually it will come out more.

Especially if you just bought your bearded dragon, you should give it time and leave it alone for a while.

Do Baby Bearded Dragons Need Hides?

Yes, baby bearded dragons need hides, too. I´d say especially baby bearded dragons should have hides in their terrarium. Many baby bearded dragons are a little bit skittish and nervous and hides can really help them to feel more safe and stay calm.

I know that many beardie owners fear that their baby bearded dragon doesn´t eat enough if their baby beardie can hide or if they can´t see their food.

Baby bearded dragons are not dumb, they will find their food eventually. Besides that, you can always check your baby bearded dragon´s weight from time to time to make sure that it grows as it should.

Do Bearded Dragons Need A Moist Hide?

As I said, bearded dragons come from the dry woodlands of Australia and they are not really used to a moist environment. In fact, a too high humidity can even lead to diseases in bearded dragons,. That´s why you should never put a moist hide into a bearded dragon tank.

Will My Bearded Dragon Still Become Tame?

I understand that you might fear that your bearded dragon will always stay skittish if it can always hide from you. However, a hide can actually help you here. As soon as your bearded dragon realises that it can always avoid you if it wants to, it won´t be that nervous anymore.

Some bearded dragons are just more nervous than others, but all bearded dragons can be tamed if you are willing to invest the time. If you need help with that, here is how you tame your bearded dragon in 3 simple steps.

What Are Some Good Hides For Bearded Dragons?

You know, I am a big fan of very natural bearded dragon habitats as I think that those are the best for bearded dragons. However, you don´t have to create a cave with clay or something like that.

You definitely can just buy a standard reptile hide like below. You can get those hides here.

Pangea Reptile Hide Box

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There is no problem with those hides as long as your bearded dragon fits in completely.

 

Besides that, half logs are also great hides for bearded dragons. They might be a little bit more expensive, but they look absolutely awesome and your bearded dragon can even climb on it. Get a half log here!

Zoo Med Habba Hut, Giant

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You can use plants to create hides for your bearded dragon as well.

I know that most plants do not survive very long in a bearded dragon habitat. That´s why I have written an entire article on plants in a beardie tank. You should definitely read it. Click here to learn more about beardie plants.

Conclusion

Hides can reduce stress in bearded dragons and most other reptiles. That´s why you should always put a hide in your bearded dragon tank. They are not that expensive and can transform a nervous bearded dragon into a calm bearded dragon.

So, do bearded dragons need a hide? They absolutely do!

Any questions? Leave a message in the comment section below!

Why Bearded Dragons Should Not Eat Cherries

Can Bearded Dragons Eat CherriesWe all know that cherries are absolutely delicious and they are pretty healthy, too. So can we share some cherries with our bearded dragons? Can bearded dragons eat cherries or can cherries be dangerous for them?

While bearded dragons can eat cherries once in a while, they are not healthy for them. Cherries contain, like all fruits, a lot of sugar and are very high in fruit acid, which can lead to an irritation of a bearded dragon´s digestive system.

That was the short answer. However, you might have more question about cherries. How often can you feed them to your bearded dragon? Why are they bad in detail? Which fruit would be better to feed? Continue to read to learn more!

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cherries?

You just learned that cherries can be pretty bad for a bearded dragon, but what does that mean in detail? What will happen if a bearded dragon´s digestive system is irritated? Are all fruits bad for bearded dragons?

There are a couple of fruits bearded dragons can eat pretty often, I´d say almost every day, even though I stopped feeding fruits to my bearded dragons entirely. Why did I do that?

Well, let´s take cherries as an example to explain to you why most fruits are pretty bad for your bearded dragon.

Cherries Are High In Fruit Acid And Sugar

Every person who ate a cherry at least once knows that they can be pretty sour. This shows that this fruit is very high in fruit acid. While most fruits that are sour are pretty healthy for humans, because they are very high in vitamin c, they are not that healthy for bearded dragons.

The fruit acid combined with the sugar is very bad for their digestive system. Bearded dragons can get diarrhea from eating too many cherries and from eating too much of other fruits as well.

You have to understand that cherries and most other fruits do not belong to a bearded dragon´s natural diet plan in the wild of Australia. Fruits like cherries simply do not grow in the dry woodlands where beardies live and that is why their digestive system is not made for dealing with fruits.

If a bearded dragon eats too many cherries and is suffering from diarrhea for a long period of time, it can become dehydrated.

Further, a bearded dragon that is dehydrated and suffering from diarrhea is more vulnerable to other diseases and parasites. When I was a beginner when it comes to bearded dragons, I fed my bearded dragons too many oranges.

The result was that my bearded dragon suffered from diarrhea, dehydration and it was suffering from parasites called oxyures. A relatively low number of oxyures live in every bearded dragon, that´s just normal and not dangerous at all.

However, if a bearded dragon is weakened and has diarrhea, the number of oxyures in its digestive system can rise rapidly. If you want to read the full story, I recommend that your read my article on bearded dragons and oranges. Click here to read it.can bearded dragons eat sweet cherries

The Calcium:Phosphor Ratio

While the calcium:phosphor ratio in cherries is not that bad, it still isn´t optimal for a bearded dragon, but let me explain first why this is important.

As you probably know, bearded dragons need a lot of calcium. If a bearded dragon will not get enough calcium, it will get sick, there is no way around it. Bearded dragons need calcium for healthy bones and calcium deficiency over a long period of time will lead to metabolic bone disease.

Metabolic bone disease is an absolutely terrible disease. Your bearded dragon´s bones will become soft and its body will become deformed. Eventually, your bearded dragon won´t be able to walk or hunt anymore. More on that here.

So as you see, they need a sufficient amount of calcium, but they also need phosphor, otherwise they are not able to process the calcium. However, the perfect ratio is 2:1 (calcium:phosphor) and cherries do not have that.

While you can deal with this problem by using calcium powder, it shows that cherries are not a natural thing to eat for bearded dragons. In the wild, bearded dragons do not need any calcium supplements as they get all the calcium they need from their food and by eating dirt.

We only have to supplement the feeder insects, because the mass-produced feeder insects do not contain so many vitamins and minerals as wild insects do.

Oxalic Acid

Talking about calcium, cherries also contain oxalic acid. Bearded dragons should not eat too many foods that contain oxalic acids, because those acids can bind the calcium a bearded dragon took in and make it unusable, which means that your bearded dragon will excrete the calcium with its feces, but not process it to its bones.

While cherries are very low in oxalic acid, feeding too many of them too often, can cause problems.

What Might Be A Better Fruit To Feed?

Unfortunately, there are not a lot of fruits you can feed your bearded dragons unhesitatingly. Don´t get me wrong, your bearded dragon won´t die if you give it a cherry once a month, but there are only a few fruits that can be fed on a daily base or on a weekly base.

I recommend to feed cactus pear and I am pretty sure that you have not heard that before. However, bearded dragons love cactus pear and they are actually pretty healthy for beardies.

They are low in fat and protein, so that your bearded dragon doesn´t get fat, they have the perfect calcium:phosphor ratio and are not too watery which could lead to diarrhea.

So if you want to feed your beardie fruits, cactus pea is the fruit you should get. A lot of people feed them on a daily base, but I´d recommend to test things out first. See if your bearded dragon likes it and if it might have any problems to digest these fruits first, before you feed them very often.

Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding cherries, there a couple of questions left that people ask me very often. Here are those questions and the answers to them.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Sweet Cherries?

Whether it be sweet cherries or normal cherries, bearded dragon should not eat cherries too often. Cherries are high in fruit acid which can irritate a bearded dragons digestive system and lead to diarrhea and other digestive problems.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Dried Cherries?

Bearded dragons and other reptiles should not eat any processed fruits like dried cherries for example. Processed fruits almost always contain sweeteners and other additives which can be poisonous for bearded dragons.

Conclusion

I know that you probably love to feed your bearded dragon fruits. I understand that it feels good to share some “human” foods with bearded dragons, but unfortunately bearded dragons are not made to eat most fruits.

While you can feed cherries from time to time, it just doesn´t make sense and I highly recommend to not feed them at all. Instead try to feed cactus pea to your bearded dragon and let me know if your beardie likes it by leaving a comment below this article.

So can bearded dragons eat cherries? They shouldn´t!

Any questions? Leave them in the comment section below!