If you’re thinking about adopting a bearded dragon, it’s important to understand their natural behavior. Aggressive bearded dragons are not necessarily a sign of illness. If the aggression is caused by an environment that may not be healthy for them, you should avoid handling them.
Avoidant behavior for aggressive bearded dragons
Although bearded dragons are generally known to be friendly and affectionate, there are times when they will exhibit aggressive behavior. These behaviors can be caused by several environmental stressors, including improper handling, prior abuse, and untreated illness. Bearded dragons should always be handled gently to reduce the stressors and increase their safety.
Avoid handling your bearded dragon if you notice any signs of aggression. It may bite you and draw blood. If this happens, be sure to have a first aid kit nearby. Apply Betadine to the bite area using a cotton swab. Make sure to apply it to the entire area of the bite, as it may transfer from one animal to another.
When a beardie is aggressive, it will likely flare out its beard in an attempt to escape the threat. A lack of food or an unsatisfactory environment can also cause aggression. While it may seem like a definite warning, bearded dragons rarely display aggression without prompting. You should also keep in mind that beardies can be friendly and docile.
Beardie owners should seek advice from a veterinarian if they suspect their beardie is suffering from any health issues. A vet can rule out any underlying problems and put your mind at ease. A beardie owner should always ensure that the animal is bought from a reputable breeder. This way, they can verify where the animal was raised and be sure that it is in an environment that is safe and healthy for it.
Glass-surfing may be a sign of extreme anxiety or stress. This behaviour is caused by a lack of enclosure, but it may also be due to another animal in the room that threatens the beardie. If a beardie tries to glass surf, it could hurt itself by chafing itself. It may also twitch its tail, which can be a sign of irritation.
Although bearded dragons are normally friendly and gentle, they may become aggressive during breeding season. Males may attack each other or run around the vivarium aggressively. This means that you should handle them gently and carefully. Make sure you wear gloves whenever you handle them during the breeding season.
Reasons for aggressive behaviour by a bearded dragon
A bearded dragon may become aggressive when it feels threatened or stressed. This behaviour can range from minor nips to full-blown bites and can result in severe injury. It may be triggered by a recent change in its environment, wrong husbandry, or improper tank setup. To avoid this behavior, avoid handling your beardie and monitor your tank setup closely.
Bearded dragons also use head-bobbing to signal dominance and submittance. They raise and lower their heads, and the faster the beardie bobs, the more threatening it is. Slow bobs, however, indicate submission. This behaviour is common between male beardies during breeding season, and between males during territorial displays. While this behaviour is a less aggressive form of aggression, it is nonetheless important to consult with your vet if you notice that your beardie is becoming aggressive.
Another reason a beardie may become aggressive is because it is hungry. It may be mistaken for food and be overly excited. Soft bites by a beardie should not cause any lasting damage, but over-excited nipping can cause serious damage. To prevent this behaviour, make sure you’re not putting your beardie on the hunt.
Bearded dragons are loners, and they like to be the center of attention. You may also notice aggression if it is sharing its basking area or is in heat. If the beardie is experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to avoid handling it and try to figure out what might be causing it. If you aren’t sure, consult a reptile vet to help you determine the exact cause of the behavior.
In the wild, male bearded dragons display aggressive behaviour more often than females. They will compete for a female and try to dominate her. They respond to both smell and sight, so they may be displaying aggressive behaviours when they are around other bearded dragons. You may also want to monitor egg-laying behaviour in female bearded dragons.
Another reason a beardie dragon may become aggressive is when they feel threatened. This aggression will often be displayed in the form of head bobbing. Head bobbing is an aggressive display of dominance and submission. When a beardie dragon feels threatened, it will also puff out its throat and head in an upward and downward motion.
Signs of illness in a bearded dragon
There are a number of warning signs that your aggressive beardie may be ill. First of all, it may be unable to take in food, pant a lot, or act tired. Additionally, it could be leaking fluid from its eyes or nose. Regardless of its symptom pattern, it’s important to seek veterinary advice. Some of these illnesses can be fatal if left untreated.
Changes in the skin are also a warning sign. Any open wounds, lesions, or bumps will be easily visible. Other red flags are discoloration, a loss of color in the beard, or abnormal patterns on the skin. Beardie dragons often blacken their beards when they’re stressed. You can also check for patches of black on its body.
Another sign of illness is fecal discharge. Your beardie may have a fecal mass that is oblong to round in shape. This can be palpated by using a lubricated catheter or ball-tipped feeding needle. A sample of the fecal content should be obtained as soon as possible.
Another sign of illness is diarrhea in your beardie. This is a sign of a number of different ailments, but it is a warning sign to seek veterinary attention. Your beardie may also have a mucus discharge from its vent, which should be removed immediately. Additionally, your beardie may be drooling or have a loss of appetite. It may also be frightened by loud noises, sudden movements, or other external factors that can trigger aggression.
Bearded dragons aren’t the most athletic creatures, but their laziness and lack of appetite are signs of a problem. If your beardie seems to be lazing around in his tank, he may be dehydrated and suffering from an infection. You should visit a vet if your beardie suddenly becomes lethargic or loses interest in handling.
Aggressive beardie dragons may have a variety of illnesses. If your beardie has an increased tendency to bite, it may be suffering from some form of illness. During this time, it’s also vital to avoid handling. A beardie that is pregnant may be showing symptoms of malnutrition or dehydration.
Avoiding handling an aggressive bearded dragon
When a bearded dragon becomes aggressive, it can be very dangerous to handle. It may attempt to bite or lunge at you. First, identify the trigger. If the bearded dragon is reacting to a specific situation or light, it may be feeling stressed. Once you eliminate the trigger, the aggressive behavior will subside.
The RSPCA recommends that you handle your bearded dragon in short bursts. The reason behind this advice is to reduce the stress and anxiety caused by handling. However, the longer the duration of handling, the higher the stress. The RSPCA recommends that you never handle a bearded dragon for longer than fifteen minutes at a time.
Another factor to consider when handling a bearded dragon is its reproductive cycle. Some beardie species can lay up to 20 eggs at a time. You should avoid handling a beardie that is gestating as it is likely to be stressed. During this time, you should provide appropriate substrate and provide adequate water. Also, keep an eye out for signs of egg-boundness or severe malnutrition.
The best way to bond with a beardie is to gently pet its beard with gentle strokes. Remember to never put your hands in its mouth, and wash your hands after handling. Always be sure to check the beardie’s body language to make sure they don’t feel threatened. And remember that you should never hold a beardie by its legs or tail.
Bearded dragons also display specific behaviors when they are confronted with another beardie, a larger animal, or an unknown situation. If you’re unfamiliar with these behaviors, it’s important to be aware of their meanings. These behaviors aren’t merely imitations, but rather are their natural reactions to stimuli.
Avoiding handling an aggressive beardie dragon is not difficult once you understand what makes them act this way. While you may think that a dragon is being protective of your hand, it may actually see you as a threat. For this reason, it’s important to use thick gloves when handling the dragon and avoid letting it touch its face. Eventually, this aggression will stop.