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Will My Bearded Dragon's Tail Grow Back?

Will My Bearded Dragon's Tail Grow Back?

The short answer is "no".

It is a common misconception that beardies are able to drop their tail and regrow it. Your bearded dragon cannot drop their tails at will as a defense mechanism nor will their tails regrow even if they lose them through other means such as injury or an accident. Unlike some other species of reptile such as leopard geckos who have the ability to drop their tail as a defense mechanism so they can escape a predator and then regrow their tail, bearded dragons lack the ability to do so and instead have other ways of defending themselves like black bearding, biting, tail whipping and puffing themselves up to make themselves look bigger.

They can lose their tail whether it be through injury or through other means but their tails will simply heal up on the end where the loss has occurred and stay that way. If your dragon suffers an injury to its tail it is important that you treat the injury as you would any other, by keeping it clean and pursuing veterinary attention if the injury is serious enough to warrant it.

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Comments

Nick - September 9, 2021

I find that this isn’t fully true. I have 2 bearded dragons and one got its tail bitten off about a inch starting from the tip. Now this tail originally was a nub but has since come to a point which i was shockd to see. I’ve measured it now that it has been 8 years and it is actually longer than when i initially got him. Yes, they don’t grow it back like geckos but they do still grow throughout their lives in size which can contribute to tail growth.

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