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Is My Bearded Dragon In Pain?

Is My Bearded Dragon In Pain?

Your pet dragon is very good at hiding when it’s hurt; this is an instinct left over from being in the wild when being hurt was seen to make it weak and a target for predators. If your dragon is showing signs of being in pain, then you need to address this as soon as possible, as it means your dragon is no longer able to hide the fact it’s hurting.

Your dragon does have a few ways to let you know that it’s in pain. One of the primary ways to tell is from its beard: as with when it’s angry, your dragon can also blacken its beard when it’s hurt. The way to tell the difference between when your pet is upset/angry/excited, and when it’s in pain is mainly the length of time it maintains the dark color of its beard. If it seems to have a constant dark beard but isn’t displaying other behaviors such as head bobbing or flaring up, it’s probably hurt.

Another way to tell is how it moves and how its body looks. If it seems to be favoring a particular limb by not using it, or by limping or making jerky unsteady movements, or you notice any unusual swelling, then that limb or another part of its body may be hurt. Also, your pet may act differently: if you see abnormal amounts of lethargy, aggressiveness, or a decrease or absence of appetite, then it may be suffering.

Some or all of these symptoms can indicate that something may be seriously wrong and could have been for some time. It is essential that you not attempt to address these yourself at home but seek the help of a licensed reptile veterinarian to identify and treat the source of discomfort to your beardie.


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Reptile Supply - January 19, 2022

Hi Renee — Brumation is a possible cause at this time of year. Alternatively, you may be offering too much food for your dragon’s stage of life — please take a few minutes to double-check your feeding schedule with our bearded dragon care sheet. But if that doesn’t seem to be the case and the symptoms continue, schedule an appointment for your beardie with an experienced reptile veterinarian. Loss of appetite is a common early symptom of illness.

Renee - January 19, 2022

My dragon loves greens and will eat them but for the past couple days she has not been eating them at all she will eat about 2 crickets but that’s all I can’t get her to eat anymore.

Reptile Supply - January 5, 2022

Hi Martina — If you are worried about your bearded dragon’s health, make an appointment with an experienced reptile veterinarian. Find one near you here: https://reptifiles.com/reptile-vet-directory

Martina - January 5, 2022

My breared dragon seems like he’s stomach is bothering him and it’s worrying me

Reptile Supply - December 18, 2020

Hi Alison, if your bearded dragon is limping them it’s quite possible that they’ve broken a bone or otherwise injured that leg. Unless you’re watching your bearded dragon 24/7, it’s impossible to know for sure what may have caused the injury if you didn’t actually watch it happen. Please make an appointment with an experienced reptile veterinarian as soon as possible to get that addressed.

Alison - December 18, 2020

Hi my beardie has suddenly started to limp with his front right leg. I’ve not noticed him fall off anything

Reptile Supply - November 23, 2020

Hi Anonymous, it definitely sounds like there’s something to be worried about with your beardie. It could be respiratory infection, or it could be something else. The only way to know for sure is to see an experienced reptile veterinarian for a professional examination and diagnosis. Please use the ARAV Find a Vet tool (https://arav.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=3661) to find a qualified veterinarian near you.

Anonymous - November 23, 2020

I’m not sure what’s going on with her. She’s skittish, she almost always has labored breathing, she’s eating, but she’s not. Her beard is kind of always inflated, there’s also a lump in it. I need some advice

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