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How Often Should I Handle My Bearded Dragon?

How Often Should I Handle My Bearded Dragon?

Bearded dragons usually tolerate handling better than other lizards.  Regular handling helps bearded dragons get used to people, so you should handle your beardie daily. Doing so also minimizes stress during regular care, such as bathing or tank cleaning. They are generally gentle and easy to hold. Whenever you take your dragon out, always remember that it needs at least an hour to warm up before eating and three hours after eating to digest under its heat and its UVB. Other than that, you can take them out for as long as you want.

However, to make sure both you and your bearded dragon are safe, practice how to properly handle your pet. When picking a beardie up, try to avoid any sudden movements, so it doesn't feel threatened. Approach the animal slowly and carefully, gently sliding your hand under the bearded dragon’s belly. Once you lift it, your bearded dragon may try to escape. Don’t squeeze it, though, but let it run if it wants to. Try again when you think that your pet may be ready to be held. 

Start small. Try holding your reptile 15 minutes a day. As it gets used to being handled, you can extend these periods for as long as your pet looks comfortable. Some dragons don’t enjoy being held for a long time while others love it and will allow you to hold them several times a day. When your dragon is out, try not to let them get too cold.

Make sure not to grab your lizard by the tail, or the limbs or to grab it suddenly. Also, never squeeze your beardie, and don’t leave them in places where they may jump from and seriously injure themselves or get lost under something

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