Animal Stories - Bearded Dragon

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What is a Bearded Dragon?... a medium sized pet lizard, but with a cool, spiny "beard"!
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Mell - 2012-09-03
I have a bearded dragon and his left eye is open slightly and it looks to have something brown and sort of hard up under his eye. Is there anything I can do to help him.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-04
    Let's try and find out what it is.  You can take a cotton ball and just soak in warm water and hold against his eye.  Won't hurt him but they brown whatever might just come off.  maybe a scab.  Maybe a little cyst and then a scab over it.  You can use a dipeed in the warm water to try and loosen the brown whatever also.  First find out what it is.  Maybe it you just clean it off - it will go away (I hope) if not then vet.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-04
    Did it maybe just shed?
Lori Miller - 2012-07-31
Hello, I have a Bearded Dragon that is approximately 6 months old. Both his front and hind legs seem very week and he loses his balance often. We initially had him on reptile carpet but switched to cali-sand. After noticing problems with is legs we immediately got rid of the cali-sand and put him back on the reptile carpet. He is growing regularly and has frequent bowel movements. We are feeding him crickets dusted with Calcium & Vitamin D as well as offering him veggies daily. He has full spectrum UVB lighting (we use the repti-glow 10). He is currently in a 55 gallon tank. Basking area is approximately 100 degrees F and his cool side is 80 degrees F. He no longer can climb to his basking area. He doesn't exhibit any of the other MBD symptoms other than the limitation of his leg usage. I keep reading about Partial Paralysis of hind legs. I am worried that he ingested something that may have caused this. Is this reversible? Is there anything I can do to have him gain his strength back in his legs. Any help would be appreciated.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-01
    Sounds like a vet visit would be best.  Did you check his legs and feet for visual signs of injury?
  • Matt G - 2012-08-04
    The other thing I'll say is that the cage temps are a bit high. Beardies don't do too well if their basking spot is above 93-95 degrees or so, and their cool side of the tank is generally better for them in the 70s. Is he opening his mouth a lot? I don't know if that necessarily helps you with your problem, but at the very least it might eliminate one possible cause. I agree, though, take him into the vet as soon as possible.
Christina - 2010-02-18
Ok I have 2 bearded dragons, they said they are a male and female but I want to find out myself because I have had the female for 6 years and the male I just got like 3 days ago. The one that should be the female is turning black and biting his neck and when I look at the pictures by sexing them it's like I cant tell on them. So can someone please help, I can send pictures of them.


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  • Amber - 2010-04-03
    Hi Christina. You may have their sexes mixed up, they are hard to tell the differences on bearded dragons. There are a few methods to determine the sex of your bearded dragon. The simplest method is to invade their privacy and just look. On the underside of their tail, just above the vent, there is typically either a single bulge (or none) or two separated bulges. If you see two clearly separate bulges you have a male. If you see only one, you probably have a female. There is uncertainty with a single bulge, particularly if there isn't much of one. When beardies are young, they all look like females, but develop clearer signs of gender as they get older. You should be able to tell by time they're 7-8" STL.

    The best way to hold your dragon when making this check is to place your dragon in one hand, perpendicular to your fingers, and facing away from you. Place your thumb over the back to hold them in place. With your other hand lift the tail up to approximately 90 degrees. Be gentle!!! You don't want to hurt your beardie.

    I hope this helps, if in the very least, you might want to just get them re-sexed at a vet if you can't tell from this. The only other thing I can think of is you might just have a very aggressive female!
  • morayma - 2010-04-16
    To answer your question Christina, it is actually really easy to tell if your beardie is a male or female, especially since they are mature. There are pores above the anus, and if there are a lot and it is very noticable, then you have a male. If it isn't so noticable, then it is a female. Your female is showing dominance over your male. When she is ready or willing to 'submit to the male she will wave her hand as if saying hello, but since you had her longer she is being territorial. Hoped I helped in some way.

Jahmere Nesmith - 2011-10-31
I like animals.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    Me too - I like animals better than chocolate or anything.
  • Predator x - 2012-01-02
    People do love em remember make a mix of love and feer for dangerous ones
Robert - 2012-05-29
what size tank do you need for 1?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-29
    I would get a 55 gallon so you won't have to upgrade as it grows.
Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-23
What is a better lizard to get for my 55 gallon long tank. I have come between getting a male and a female leopard gecko or just get 1 bearded dragon. Which is better care and better pet wise? please comment

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-23
    Never had a gecko but loved my bearded dragon. I swear he could make himself understand. Liked pet and attention and would just hang out with me. Love the look and I think they have a personality.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-23
    Really depends what you are looking for in a pet. Bearded dragons are usually more dog like in personality then geckos.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-23
    Yeah I also think bearded dragons are a tad bit more handable from them being bigger.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-23
    They are real easy to handle and hold. They also just can sit on your shoulder and are perfectly content to do so. Just hang out.
Banjoman - 2012-04-04
Hi All, I was given a male Dragon that has very swolen femoral glands and is not really growing. I also have three other dragons that I have had for three years and are in a 55 gallon long tank. I however am wondering if the gland issue is contagious or not as I would love to house all of them in the same tank. The three have been together since birth and never fight at all. They do stack on top of each other so again, I am wondering if this disease is a contagion or not. Please drop me a line at Thanks in advance.

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  • Meg - 2012-04-13
    I believe your bearded dragon may be having thyroid issues. The same thing can occur in humans, but as far as I know, it isnt contagious. I suggest taking your bearded dragon to a vet. (Its probably the safest course of action)
sophie - 2012-01-27
I have 2 females and one male but one of my females is been weird she keeps leaking brown watery stuff from her nose could any one tell me what it could be ! ? Thanks :)

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  • Meg - 2012-04-13
    I suggest taking your bearded dragon to the vet. The brown discharge from your bearded dragons nose could be mucus. This may not be something that will go away with time. Good luck.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-14
    How is the tank heated? Humidity at the right precentage? They can get colds.
Craig - 2010-09-15
Our Bearded Dragon is about 9 months old which is what I was told (18 inches long) we feed him about 12 meal worms and collard greens every day. Is this an approriate diet for him?

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  • Larry - 2011-03-26
    You may want more variety in his diet. Try crickets, meal worms can cause impaction from the exoskeletons. and you can feed some fruits as well. I also have found it useful to feed in a separate container than where my dragon sleeps. (Easier to clean, and keep track of the prey). Google a few websites on Beardie foods/diet, and get an idea of what is safe.
  • Holly - 2011-06-17
    Ours looove cilantro! We feed them Crickets, Superworms which are high in protien, and romaine, mustard greens, cilantro leaves, raspberries, blueberries, and carrot shavings, they love all of it! And don't forget their calcium, that is vital.
  • austin crawford - 2011-07-08
    um I have one. How do I tell it from a male or female and what kinda fruits do you feed yours?
  • kev - 2011-08-06
    The Pores on the inside of the groin are more predominant in the males, also, if you look between the legs, next to the dragons rear end, females have what appears to be a small pouch, whereas the males ave two small lumps that resemble testicles.
    For the above, it sounds like the diet needs to be more varied as stated in previous posts and you may be over feeding on insect. (dragons can become quite obese. I have a colony viv, 2 females to 1 male. they get fed 5 boxes of insect a week between the three of them. black crickets, morio worms, juvenile locust (hoppers) and adult locust. They are also fed a variety of vegetation, mine love red lettuce and rockit. Have a read up on what greens to feed them as there are some things you can't feed them ie iceberg lettuce, and tomato leaves act as a poison to them. Feed them waxworms as a treat.
    the thing is, overfeeding oninsect or prey too large can cause reptillian paralasys which can be fatal.
    hope this has been a help
  • nicole - 2012-01-06
    Seems like a little to many meal worms maybe cut down bit and add some more variety to his/her diet, look up some more foods he can eat. I recommend,it has an awesome nutrition chart.

    hope this helps =D
  • blake - 2012-01-11
    mind the mealworms, the chitin can cause impaction if your using meal worms as a stable diet. Try crickets or cockroaches.
koga j. smith - 2011-10-02
I do not have a bearded dragon yet, and the store I will buy him/her at is pratts pets. They sell both leather back beardies and standard beardies, all that regular brown. Which should I get, leather back or standard? Moneywise, I would get the standard, but I am not sure if leatherbacks are more docile or something of the sort.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-03
    I've seen them in a whole bunch of colors and as old friend raised them. The personalities were pretty much the same as far as I could figure out. I like the different colors but the personalities were the same. The more you handle it, the more he will be used to the handling and look forward to it.
  • Emily - 2011-12-17
    The only difference between leather backs and standards in the size of their scales. Leather backs have smaller scales, and are therefore smoother. Their personality isn't any different.