Bearded Dragon Turning White: Reasons and How to Care

Bearded dragons communicate how they feel through a variety of behaviors. The two most common ways they express their emotions are through body language and color changes.

For example, bearded dragons darken their bodies to absorb more heat and tell you they are cold.

So what does a bearded dragon try to tell you when it turns white?

Bearded dragons turning white is generally not alarming. They do it for several reasons, such as shedding, sleeping, and being too hot. But it is also possible that a bearded dragon turning white may be dying.

When a bearded dragon is dying, it will not only turn white, but it will also stop moving around and lose its appetite.

Let’s discuss all this in detail below.

Reasons for Why Bearded Dragon Turn White?


You need to be able to tell the difference between normal behavior and signs that your dragon is sick so you know what to do in each situation.

Keeping an eye on your bearded dragon’s behavior and appearance regularly will help you figure out what is normal for your pet and what is a cause for concern.

1. Shedding

Shedding is the most common cause of a bearded dragon turning white, and it is an entirely natural process.

If your bearded dragon starts developing white patches on its body, it’s not a symptom of malformation or skin disease. These white patches generally appear on the head, limbs, or tail but can also cover the back, neck, and belly.

When the white patches appear and your dragon continues to eat normally with no changes in behavior, it is most likely about to shed. As shedding is a natural process that all reptiles undergo, simply observe your pet and continue to care for it as usual.

Bearded dragons whiten their skin two to three weeks before shedding.

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