When a bearded dragon's beard turns to a darker shade or black, it is typically as a sign of aggression. It is likely to be accompanied by a fluffing out of the beard in order to appear larger and more menacing.Know More
Aggressive behaviors like this are not common among bearded dragons, but may be a warning of attack.
Other signs of aggression include hissing, biting and head bobbing. That said, head bobbing is also used as a means of communication between bearded dragons.
Handling a bearded dragon during times of aggression, ideally while wearing protective gloves, may help to strengthen a bond with it. In any case, not doing so is unlikely to lower its aggression.Learn more about Lizards
The best substrates for bearded dragons are newspapers, paper towels, ceramic tiles, or indoor/outdoor carpeting or special reptile carpeting. Because of the risk of ingestion, loose substrate such as sand should never be used for juvenile lizards. For adults, disinfected large-grain play sand can be used, although it is not necessary. Substrates such as nut shells, corn cob and wood shavings are all dangerous.Full Answer >
While it can be difficult to differentiate between male and female bearded dragons as hatchlings, adult males have a series of visible holes on the underside of their back legs and bulges around the anus. Care must be taken when raising the tail to check for bulges, since raising it too far risks breaking the animal's spine. Male bearded dragons also tend to be bigger than females, with significantly larger heads and beards.Full Answer >
To care for a bearded dragon, house the lizard in a tank of 40 gallons or more, and maintain a basking temperature between 100 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit and an ambient temperature between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Feed your pet a balanced omnivorous diet that is sufficient in calcium.Full Answer >
Bearded dragons show sickness through deformities, stunted growth, seizures, loss of coloration, paralysis, labored breathing, mucus discharge, diarrhea, lack of appetite and weight loss. Some of these symptoms indicate genetic deficiencies that cannot be helped, but other conditions can be amended by making adjustments to the bearded dragon's environment or diet.Full Answer >