Whenever you see your bearded dragon digging, it can be a great warning sign. They are digging to find the perfect spot to lay their eggs. They also dig to regulate their body temperature. If you have toys for your bearded dragon, it can make them look like they are digging to attack or hide.
Females dig to find the perfect spot to lay their eggs
Generally speaking, female bearded dragons lay up to four clutches of eggs during a breeding season. These clutches can vary in size, but the average size is roughly 15″ x 15″. If your beardie is on the cusp of laying eggs, it might be time to upgrade her enclosure to include a dig box.
A dig box is a container, usually plastic, filled with damp potting soil or play sand. This box is intended to mimic the natural digging environment of a beardie. It should be about 4 inches deep. You may need to make a few adjustments to get the right temperature and humidity. You should also provide a calcium supplement and some protein-rich foods for your beardie.
The biggest caveat to owning a dig box is that it must be the right size. You don’t want to overwhelm your beardie with too much room, and you don’t want to stifle her digging behavior. Depending on your bearded dragon’s size, you should also make a few adjustments to the tank. A thermometer/hygrometer combo can be placed in the hot spot, but you should also make sure it’s nearby the cooler spot.
Depending on your beardie’s size, a dig box should be at least 4″ deep. Many owners use a litter box as a dig box. However, the sand in a litter box can be unhealthy for a young beardie. You should also use the right substrate, such as white sand or walnut shells.
There are many reasons your bearded dragon might be digging. They may be bored, or they may be searching for food. They may also be looking for a safe spot to lay their eggs. This is because bearded dragons are diggers at heart. In addition, they may be scratching to keep warm. It may be an indication of a health problem, so don’t be afraid to check with your vet.
The best way to handle a bearded dragon’s digging habit is to provide a dig box. There are many ways to do this. Some owners will use plastic containers, such as a plastic trash can. Alternatively, you may opt to purchase a Cavern Kit, which can create a cave for your beardie. You can also provide a substrate that is the right size and shape, such as reptile carpet. You may also want to provide a soft blanket to prevent scratching.
Providing the right substrate for your beardie isn’t as simple as it seems. A flat substrate is not optimal for gravid females, and you’ll want to provide a damp, warm surface. The right substrate will also provide a healthy environment for your beardie’s eggs.
The correct size dig box can be as simple as a small plastic storage box filled with damp potting soil or play muck. Having a dig box on hand is important, especially if you plan to move your beardie to a new home.
Toys can make your bearded dragon look to attack or hideaway by digging
Providing your bearded dragon with toys can provide mental and physical stimulation, which is essential to their overall well-being. If you fail to provide your dragon with any type of activity, they will get bored and you may even have to deal with some aggression. This aggression is not only physical, but it can cause psychological stress for you as well. This is why it is important to give your bearded dragon some type of activity every day.
The best toys to provide your bearded dragon are ones that are both inexpensive and simple. They are also the type of toys that will keep your bearded dragon busy for hours. These include balls, toys, and games. These items are also great for bonding.
For example, a good quality ball will provide some fun exercise for your bearded dragon. You can either give them a ball to push around, or you can have them chase after a ball rolling around on the floor. If your bearded dragon is not used to a ball, they may attack it. This is the one of the many ways to keep your bearded dragon happy.
Another good toy to consider is a mirror. A mirror will not only get your bearded dragon’s attention, but it will also show them that there are other things to do in their tank. It is also a great way to entertain your bearded dragon while you watch TV.
Another toy that your bearded dragon will love is a wiffle ball. These balls are very easy to find and can provide hours of fun. They are also great for bonding with your bearded dragon.
If your bearded dragon is in brumation, you may have noticed that he or she will occasionally stand up and wave. This behavior is similar to a dog panting. It’s a sign that they are waking up. You may also notice your bearded dragon moving around the tank or displaying some slow head bobbing.
If you have a large tank, you can also consider a hammock. This will help your bearded dragon feel more comfortable and allow him or her to get from side to side. Hammocks are also great for preventing boredom. They can be found for a reasonable price and are easy to install.
A small ball filled with live insects is a good way to entertain your bearded dragon. Some bearded dragons will attack small balls, but you should be careful about this. If you have a slack jawed bearded dragon, feeding him soft foods may help.
You should also consider providing your bearded dragon with some type of activity, even if it is a simple game of fetch. The bearded dragon in the wild would hunt for food every day, so you should keep this in mind as you try to keep your pet happy.
To regulate their body temperature
During a bearded dragon’s lifetime, it will undergo a series of colour changes to regulate its body temperature. The lizard will go through a process known as brumation. It’s a process that slows down the digestive system of the animal to conserve energy. This process can be dangerous to the animal and can cause dehydration.
When the body temperature is too high, the lizard will change to a darker colour. This allows more sunlight to reach the body. The light reflected from the lizard will be in energy-rich wavelengths of 700-2600nm. The skin of a bearded dragon will reflect 8% of light, but in cooler temperatures it will reflect less. This means that the beardie will be darker than normal and its skin will appear black.
When a bearded dragon is hungry, it will do aggressive behaviors. Generally, these behaviors are caused by hunger, but they can also be caused by a lack of food or a poor diet. They may also exhibit these behaviors when they are ill. Some illnesses can cause these behaviors, such as dehydration. These diseases are often accompanied by panting and lethargy. When these behaviors are caused by sickness, it’s best to get the dragon checked out by a veterinarian.
In a wild setting, a bearded dragon’s body temperature will be closely correlated with its basking surface. When a beardie is hot, the body will turn black, but when the temperature is cool, the body will change to a light yellow. The skin of the bearded dragon will also change colour, as the lizard sheds its skin. This change is used for camouflage, as well as for temperature regulation. When a beardie is stressed, its body will change colour, as well.
Bearded dragons dig for a number of reasons. They may dig for a place to brumate, or they may dig to create a cool, shady spot. They may also dig to make a hole for their eggs. This behavior is especially common during breeding season. If a beardie is not ready to brumate, it may display lethargy or panting.
In addition to brumation, bearded dragons may display other behavioral changes. They may eat less frequently, or they may be less interested in eating. They may have bulges in their abdomen. These symptoms can be a sign of a health issue, such as metabolic bone disease. They may also exhibit aggressive behavior, such as hissing.
If a bearded dragon displays aggressive behavior, it may be a sign that the beardie is sick. Some health issues may be associated with the lizard’s digestive system, such as coccidiosis. If a beardie is ill, its body may also be affected by respiratory disease. In addition, it may leak fluid from its nose. The eyes may also be affected.
FAQ about why is my bearded dragon digging
What does it mean when a bearded dragon tries to burrow?
Digging is part of a bearded dragon’s natural behavior.
If your pet is hiding under things in the tank or trying to burrow, your dragon is probably doing it for the following reasons:
– Getting ready to brumation.
– A bearded pet with a small tank doesn’t have enough room.
– Your dragon may be looking for food if it is hungry.
– If your bearded dragon is a female (over 12 months old), she may be preparing to lay eggs.
– It’s too hot in the tank.