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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

Why Sand Is Not Bad For Your Bearded Dragon!

Is Sand Bad For Bearded DragonsThere are so many ways to create an awesome looking bearded dragon habitat without spending a lot of money. Getting a nice looking substrate can help here. Still, most people use newspaper or reptile carpet as substrate. Why do they do that? Is sand bad for bearded dragons?

Sand is not bad for bearded dragons. Sand is way better than reptile carpet for bearded dragons as it allows digging, which is a natural behavior in bearded dragons. Many pet bearded dragon owners are worried that their bearded dragon might eat the sand and get impacted from it. However, this can be avoided by ensuring a sufficient calcium intake in the bearded dragon.

I am pretty sure that you need some further explanation and this is absolutely understandable. Further, you can´t use every sand there is for your bearded dragon tank. Continue to read to learn more.

Is Sand Bad For Bearded Dragons?

So, as I said, sand is not bad for bearded dragons, but it can be bad for your bearded dragon in some cases. Those case are easily avoidable, though.

The number one reasons why most bearded dragon owners do not use sand is that they fear that their bearded dragon could get impacted. And yes, it is true, bearded dragons can get impacted from eating too much sand, but it is important to know why beardies eat sand.

As you probably know, bearded dragons need a lot of calcium at all times. Calcium is needed for growth and to keep a bearded dragon´s bones solid and healthy. Bearded dragons need vitamin D to process that calcium. Beardies in captivation can only produce vitamin D if you have a UVB bulb with a sufficient UVB output installed.

However, you can have the best UVB lamp in the world, if your bearded dragon does not get enough calcium, it will get sick. If your bearded dragon gets enough calcium, but you have no sufficient UVB lamp, it will get sick.

In the wild, bearded dragons exactly know what they need and they know how to get what they need. The Australian sun has a sufficient UVB output, so we don´t really need to talk about that, but how do bearded dragons get their calcium in the wild?

I mean, in the wild, there is no human who dusts their food with calcium, right?

Bearded dragons get their calcium in two ways. First, the food they eat in the wild contains way more calcium than the feeder insects we feed our pet beardies. It is a fact that wild insects contain way more vitamins and minerals than the mass-produced insects we feed them.

Second, bearded dragons eat dirt to get enough calcium. And this is the root of our problem and also the solution for our problem.

Bearded dragons can feel if they need more calcium and by eating dirt, they balance their minerals.

So every bearded dragon owner who has a bearded dragon that got impacted from eating sand did not ensure that their bearded dragon got enough calcium at all times. Not the sand is the problem, wrong supplementation is the problem.Is PLay Sand Safe For Bearded Dragons

Why Wild Bearded Dragons Do Not Suffer From Impaction

You might ask yourself now, why our pet bearded dragons get impacted from eating sand, but wild bearded dragons do not get impacted by doing this.

One reason for that is that bearded dragons do not live in the desert. I know that many pet shops say that they come from the desert, because they are not properly educated on all pets they sell. Bearded dragons come from the dry woodlands of Australia there isn´t too much sand.

The dirt they eat is a mix of soil, maybe a little bit sand, maybe some leaves and so on.

The other reason for that is, that the ground in Australia actually contains the minerals a bearded dragon needs. The sand we use for our bearded dragon habitats does not contain calcium and that is why pet bearded dragons eat sand over and over again.

They feel that they need more calcium and they think that they would get it by eating more sand. That is their natural behavior, but in captivation it is a sure way to get impacted.

So What Can You Do About It?

There is an easy fix for this problem and, no, the solution is not using reptile carpet, newspaper or kitchen roll for your bearded dragon tank. I mean, do you really feel good seeing your bearded dragon living in a glass tank that has no similarity to their natural habitat at all?

Bearded dragons love to dig. Digging is a very natural behavior in them, they love to dig caves and hide in them, they like to sleep in those caves and they simply like to bury themselves in sand.

So in order to give your bearded dragon the possibility to do that, you have to make sure that you offer enough calcium at all times.

Dusting every single feeder insect with calcium is a good start, but it might not be enough and your beardie might continue to eat sand.

That´s why you have to additionally offer calcium in a food bowl at all times.

I love to use sepia for this. I simply shred the sepia so that my bearded dragon can get small pieces of it whenever it wants. I don´t recommend to use calcium powder for that as it might be too fine for your beardie to eat. Get the sepia I recommend here.

Even if you do not see your bearded dragon eat that sepia, it will do so if it feels it needs it. I know people who believed that their bearded dragon does not need it, but the day came when they saw their bearded dragon crawling straight to the calcium bowl and eat a nice piece of sepia.Exo Terra Sepia Bones for Turtles

Don´t Freak Out If Your Bearded Dragon Eats Sand

If you offer enough calcium at all times and you made sure that your bearded dragon is healthy, there is no need to freak out if you see your bearded dragon eating some sand. Bearded dragons like to lick on stuff and it is not uncommon that they also lick on sand or eat a little bit of it.

A little bit of sand from time to time will not kill your bearded dragon, so just stay relaxed.

Is Sand Bad For Juvenile Bearded Dragons?

Juvenile bearded dragons are known for having a bad aiming when it comes to eating food. Their aiming gets better when they get older. Many people are worried that their baby bearded dragon could get impacted by eating sand accidentally. That´s why most pet baby bearded dragons are kept on newspaper.

However, if your baby bearded dragon gets enough calcium at all times, you should not have any problems with keeping your baby beardie on sand.

Yes, they eat sand from time to time accidentally, but it rarely is that much that they get impacted from it. Calcium deficiency is the real problem here.

Is Calcium Sand Bad For Bearded Dragons?

Even though calcium sand is okay for bearded dragons to eat, it can still happen that your bearded dragon eats too much of it and get impacted. That is why it is recommended to not use calcium sand, but to use normal sand and offer a bowl with sepia instead which ensures a sufficient calcium intake.

Is Play Sand Safe For Bearded Dragons?

Play sand is way cheaper than buying substrate in a pet shop and it can actually be used for a bearded dragon habitat. However, it should be made sure that the play sand is free from any pesticides and the play sand should always be mixed with clay.

Using only sand as substrate over a long period of time can be bad for your bearded dragon´s joints. That´s why it is recommended to mix it with clay. A ratio of 1:5 (clay:sand) is absolutely okay here.

This way your bearded dragon is still able to digg, but the substrate is firm enough so that your bearded dragon does not sink in all the time.

Here Is The Substrate I Recommend

I love to use the Excavator Burrowing Clay from Zoomed, which you can get here. Don´t get me wrong, I do not have a contract with Zoomed, I just think that this substrate is simply awesome to create a good looking, appropriate bearded dragon habitat.

You can create hills and caves with this clay, it is easy to clean and it is very easy to mix. I have written an entire article on that clay, click here to read it.

The video below shows you how the clay looks and what you can do with it.

Conclusion

I really hope that this article encourages a lot of people to create a habitat for their bearded dragon that is more natural. I think that newspaper or reptile carpet is not a good substrate for bearded dragons even though it is cheap and easy to clean.

If this article encouraged you to use some sand, leave a comment below. If you have some questions you can leave a message as well.

So, is sand bad for bearded dragons? Absolutely not!

Why I Will Never Feed My Bearded Dragon Oranges Again!

can bearded dragons eat orangesSharing some human food with pets is something that most people simply love. There is no dog owner in the world who has not shared some food with their dog. However, sometimes doing this can even be dangerous. What about bearded dragons and oranges here? Can and should bearded dragons eat oranges?

Bearded dragons should never eat any oranges. Oranges contain too much sugar and fruit acid which can irritate a bearded dragon´s digestive system and lead to diarrhea and dehydration.

The following article will explain why oranges and even most other fruits are so dangerous for bearded dragons and I will tell you what happened to my bearded dragon when I fed him to many pieces of orange.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Oranges?

So, as I said, bearded dragons should never eat oranges. In fact, bearded dragons should not even eat most other fruits. I know that a lot of bearded dragon owners love to feed fruits to their bearded dragons, because their beardies seem to like it, but this can actually end pretty badly.

Most fruits contain a lot of water, they are high in sugar and fruit acid, but oranges contain even more fruit acid than most other fruits.

Those things combined will irritate your bearded dragons digestive system and soon your bearded dragon will have diarrhea each and every day. As you probably know, if your bearded dragon is suffering from diarrhea all the time, its digestive system is not able to absorb the nutrients of the food properly anymore.

So even if you continue to feed your bearded dragon, your bearded dragon might not get enough of the nutrients it needs so badly. For example, vitamins and calcium and phosphor.

Further, constant diarrhea can lead to dehydration in bearded dragons. Normally, bearded dragons are used to being dehydrated.

I mean, they come from the dry woodlands of Australia and usually, the water they take in with their food is absolutely enough for them. However, dehydration caused by diarrhea is something different and can lead to serious health problems.

It is not only the sugar and the fruit acid that can cause diarrhea in bearded dragons. Oranges also contain a lot of water and too much watery food can quickly lead to diarrhea in bearded dragons.

So, as you see, you definitely should not feed oranges to your bearded dragon.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mandarin Oranges Or Navel Oranges?

Mandarin oranges and navel oranges should not be fed to bearded dragons either. They might not be as high in fruit acid as normal oranges, but it is still too much for a bearded dragon´s digestive system and they can lead to diarrhea and dehydration as well.

I have noticed that a lot of people in forums say that mandarin oranges and navel oranges are okay, but actually they are the same as normal oranges. Do not feed them to your bearded dragon, there are so many other things you can feed your beardie.Should bearded dragons eat oranges?

Bearded Dragons Are Omnivores

So you might ask yourself why your bearded dragon loves eating oranges and and other fruits if they are so bad for a bearded dragon.

The majority of bearded dragon owners does not know that bearded dragons are actually omnivores. This means that they eat just about everything they are able to catch or reach.

In the wild, this is absolutely no problem. If they find a fruit, they will eat a little bit from that fruit and on the next day they need to find or hunt something different or they do not find anything at all.

So even if bearded dragons eat things they should not eat in the wild, they won´t be able to eat it every day in most cases and their digestive system can deal with that once in a while.

However, in captivation, most bearded dragons are simply overfed. They eat way more than they should eat and they eat way too much of the same things. That´s why a lot of bearded dragons refuse to eat greens.

Some bearded dragons even refuse to eat anything other than mealworms. That´s because they are overfed and ate too much of the same food for a long period of time. They can actuall get addicted to mealworms and other food that is high in fat.

I have written an entire article on bearded dragons and mealworms, if you still feed mealworms, I highly recommend to read it. Click here to read my article on beardies and mealworms.

This Happened To My Bearded Dragon When I Fed It Oranges

So let´s get to my story.

When I was a beginner when it came to bearded dragons, I also liked to feed my bearded dragons a lot of fruits. Today, I actually do not feed any fruits at all and my bearded dragons are absolutely fine.

Still, back in the day I thought it was fun to share some of my “human” food with my bearded dragon. As most bearded dragons, my beardie loved the oranges and ate a lot of it in a short period of time.

So as I told you above, fruits with lots of sugar, fruit acid and water can irritate a beardie´s digestive system and this was exactly what happened. My bearded dragon had diarrhea for several days and even though I went to my reptile vet, it did not stop.

I sent my vet a stool sample of my bearded dragon and it turned out that my bearded dragon suffered from oxyures.

Oxyures are parasites that live in a bearded dragon´s digestive system. They are normal in bearded dragons, but if a bearded dragon carries too many oxyures, it can lead to constant diarrhea and even to impaction in the end.

My vet told me that the number of oxyures in my bearded dragon was able to rise quickly, because my bearded dragon had to defecate so often since it had diarrhea.

Oxyures only need one host to develop completely, their eggs are excreted with a bearded dragon´s feces and by being near its feces or crawling through its feces, a bearded dragon can reinfect itself over and over again.

Even if you remove the feces quickly, there can still be eggs in your beardie tank.

The picture below is showing a bearded dragon´s feces infested with those parasites.

Isn´t that crazy? All this only because I fed my bearded dragon oranges. Well, that´s how I learned that I shouldn´t feed my bearded dragon fruits and that I should always have a quarantine tank.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a couple of further questions a lot of people have when it comes to this topic. Here are the most common questions.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Orange Peels?

Bearded dragons should not eat oranges nor orange peels. Most peels and fruit skins are contaminated with pesticides which can lead to serious health problems and even death in bearded dragons.

Can Bearded Dragons Drink Orange Juice?

Bearded dragons should never drink orange juice. Oranges contain way too much fruit acid and sugar. Further, bearded dragons do not need to drink much and the taste of the orange juice could lead to an excessive water intake. A high water intake can lead to diarrhea in bearded dragons.

Conclusion

While not every bearded dragon will suffer like my bearded dragon did back in the day when it ate oranges, I think I made very clear why bearded dragons should not eat oranges and most other fruits.

So can bearded dragons eat oranges? Absolutely not!

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

Do Bearded Dragons Make Noises? 5 Sounds You Might Hear

Do Bearded Dragons Make NoisesWe all know that cats, dogs and especially birds can be pretty noisy sometimes. This could not only get on your nerves, but also on your neighbor´s nerves. So what about bearded dragons? Do bearded dragons make noises?

Bearded dragons do not have vocal cords, their communication is done by body language. They can hiss if they feel threatened, but they can´t make any real sounds like a dog, for example. However, the crickets that bearded dragons eat can be pretty noisy at times.

Still, only because bearded dragons can´t make any noises, it does not mean that you won´t ever hear anything from your bearded dragon. In fact, there are a couple of noises you are going to hear from your bearded dragon and you should actually pay close attention to some of them. Continue to read to learn more.

Do Bearded Dragons Make Noises?

As I said above, bearded dragons do not make any noises. At least not like we do or other animals like dogs or cats do.

Bearded dragons and other reptiles rarely make any noises, because they communicate only by body language. In fact, bearded dragons have a very clear body language which makes it easy to understand what they want from you.

For example, bearded dragons use head bobbing to show dominance or to show that they are ready to mate. They wave with their arms to show submission. I am sure you already have seen some videos on Youtube that shows a bearded dragon waving. It looks actually pretty funny.

Their body language is perfectly suited to their lifes in the wild. Bearded dragons are territorial and have very good eyes. If they see another bearded dragon entering their territory, they can tell the intruder by showing a certain body language that it has to go or that it is allowed to stay from the distance.

The coloring in bearded dragons also plays a big role in communication. If you thought till now that only chameleons can change their color, you were wrong. While bearded dragons cannot show completely different colors, they can show brighter or darker colors.

For example, they can color their beard black to show that they feel discomfort. A black beard is also used while mating. If you want to learn more about that, read this article about bearded dragons and black beards.

So now you know why bearded dragons do not need to make any sounds. However, which sounds can you expect from your bearded dragons from time to time?

Hissing In Bearded Dragons

If bearded dragons hiss, they always combine this with a very strong body language.

Bearded dragons hiss to scare any threats aways. Some people say that this is an aggressive behavior, but I would call it a defensive behavior as bearded dragons are not known for attacking out of nowhere.

Hissing in bearded dragons is a last warning. If you ignore a bearded dragon´s hissing and touch it anyways you will get slapped by its tail or you will get bitten.

Often times, bearded dragons show a very black beard while doing that and they also puff their bodies and their beards up to seem bigger and more dangerous. Of course, bearded dragons have to open their mouths to hiss.

Before you think that bearded dragons are likely to bite, this is not the case. Actually most bearded dragon owners never hear their bearded dragons hiss, because beardies are naturally very laid back and don´t really want to attack.

That´s why a lot of bearded dragons are sold to families with kids, but also to beginners.

If you want to know exactly when and why bearded dragons hiss, read my article on that here.

Glass Surfing

Some bearded dragons scratch the glass of their tank and it seems that they want to get out. Not all bearded dragons do this and while it is not very noisy it can get on one´s nerve from time to time.

There are various reasons for glass surfing. It could be that your bearded dragon has seen a fly or a spider at the other side of the room. Remember, they have very good eyes.

However, it could also be that your bearded dragon has learned that you will let it out if it shows this behavior. Bearded dragons are actually pretty smart and experiments were made that show how smart they really are. If you want to learn more about this, click here.

They Like To Dig

Digging in bearded dragons is a natural behavior. Bearded dragons like to dig caves and they also like to bury themselves in sand.

Unfortunately, the majority of bearded dragon owners does not allow this behavior, because they use reptile carpet or newspaper as substrate.

Why are they doing this? Some bearded dragons eat substrate from time to time. If you use a sand mix as substrate, it can happen that your bearded dragon gets impacted from eating too much substrate. That´s why many people avoid any substrates that could lead to impaction.

However, the truth is that bearded dragons only eat substrate if they feel that they need to balance their minerals. Offering calcium at all times will help to avoid this behavior in bearded dragons.

Digging is not loud at all and you should encourage your bearded dragon to do this.

I recommend to get a clay mix as substrate. If you want to know which substrate I like to use, read my bearded dragon substrate guide.

Is Your Bearded Dragon Sick?

Unfortunately, bearded dragons can get sick from time to time. While most diseases can not be heard, a couple of diseases can lead to a very weak hissing in bearded dragons.

It is not really a hissing like the normal hissing, it is more like a noisy breathing combined with coughing or even choking.

If your bearded dragon shows this, there is a good chance that your bearded dragon is suffering from lung inflammation, parasites or yellow fungus disease. If you hear something like this, you have to take your bearded dragon to a vet immediately.

Their Food Can Be Pretty Noisy

If you buy a full box of crickets, you probably will hear some sounds chirps from time to time. Depending on how many crickets you have bought, you could even hear that pretty often.

If this noise could get on your nerves depends on what you like. I love those sounds actually and I know a lot of people who also love them.

Still, if you don´t want to hear those sounds, there is an easy fix. Simply buy dubia roaches instead of crickets. Dubia roaches are way healthier for your bearded dragon and they are absolutely silent.

Frequently Asked Questions

So you just have learned that bearded dragons are pretty silent creatures, but there are still a couple of questions left that a lot of people ask all the time.

Are Bearded Dragons Noisy At Night?

Bearded dragons do not have vocal cords and are not able to make any noises. Besides that, bearded dragons are diurnal, which means that they sleep during the night and are active during the day.

Do Bearded Dragons Have Vocal Cords?

Bearded dragons and other reptiles do not have vocal cords and therefore are not able to make any sounds. The only lizards that have vocal cords are geckos.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a very quiet and awesome pet, the bearded dragon is the pet you need. Always make sure that everything is okay with your bearded dragon if you hear any weird noises from it.

So, do bearded dragons make noises? Nope! They are silent 🙂

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

Source: https://www.bioexpedition.com/lizards/facts-about-lizards/