How to Calm a Stressed Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons can experience stress and anxiety due to various factors. Stress can affect their health, behavior, and mood, so it is important to know how to calm them down and make them feel comfortable.

In this post, we will discuss some of the common signs of stress in bearded dragons, the possible causes of stress, and some effective ways to calm them down. We will also provide some links to scholarly research articles that support our arguments.

Signs of Stress in Bearded Dragons


Some common signs of stress in bearded dragons are:

  • Darkening of skin or beard (also known as stress marks)
  • Hiding or trying to escape
  • Not basking
  • Flattening of body or puffing up of beard
  • Head bobbing or arm waving
  • Loss of appetite or weight
  • Aggression or biting
  • Glass surfing (scratching at the glass walls of the enclosure)

If you notice any of these signs in your bearded dragon, you should try to identify and eliminate the source of stress as soon as possible.

How to Calm a Stressed Bearded Dragon

There are many ways to calm a stressed bearded dragon. Here are some tips that may help:

1. Reduce Handling

If you see any signs of stress in your bearded dragon, it is better to leave him alone for some time.

Handling can be stressful for some bearded dragons, especially if they are not used to it or if they are sick or injured. Only handle your bearded dragon when necessary and do it gently and calmly.

When handling your beardie, instead of forcefully restraining it when he resists your handling, wh