How Can I Tell If My Bearded Dragon Is Healthy? 5 Signs

In this post, I will give you guys five signs to look for to see if your bearded dragon is healthy. If you recently got a bearded dragon or are planning to get one, you definitely want to read this post. If you already have one, this is just a reminder or refresher to see if your beardie is healthy.

Signs of a Healthy Bearded Dragon

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1. Weight

A healthy bearded dragon would have a healthy weight. The recommended weight for a bearded dragon is  380 to 510 grams depending on how big your bearded dragon is.

Bearded dragons tend to be from head to tail about a foot long. But some dragons are a lot smaller and weigh a lot less, so I would go based on how your bearded dragon looks.

If your bearded dragon looks a little bit malnourished, and the fat pads on its head are sunken in, and the tail is sunken in, then that is not a very good sign. Your beardie might not be getting enough nutritious food or have a disease like parasites.

If your bearded dragon is nice and plump, that’s probably a good sign.

If your bearded dragon is overweight, you might want to cut back on the protein intake and give it more veggies; that way, your dragon has a long healthy life.

2. Eyes

Your bearded dragon is healthy if it has clear eyes. Now, this might be a no-brainer. Many of you may have bearded dragons that already have clear eyes, but trust me, there are bearded dragons out there; unfortunately, people do put them up for sale in pet shops and other places and don’t have clear eyes.

Sometimes a bearded dragon’s eyes have some mucus on them or have very droopy eyes that could be linked to dehydration.

Your bearded dragon should have clear eyes that way; you know that your bearded dragon is healthy.

3. Movements

Your bearded dragon is healthy if it’s moving with no issues. A healthy bearded dragon should be able to just chill on your shoulder and hold its body weight or move around without any issues.

If you start noticing some tumbling or your bearded dragon not even moving, then something bad is going on.

Your beardie might have an issue with its bones, or it’s just not nourished right.

If you have a bearded dragon that doesn’t move much, you definitely want to get him checked by a vet to rule out any health issues.

A healthy bearded dragon is always moving. It’s always alert, always trying to like do things, head bobbing, chasing after things, and just eating, chilling, and relaxing.

4. Bowel Movements

A healthy bearded dragon would have a healthy bowel movement. If your beardies have discolored or runny stool, chances are that it has some sort of internal parasite, and you need to go to the vet to get it checked out immediately. The vet will rule out any health issues, and you will be able to give your beardie the right care.

5. Veggies

Your bearded dragon is healthy if it eats all of its veggies. Bearded dragons need a well-balanced diet of insects and veggies to live a healthy life.

If your beardie is not eating enough veggies, this doesn’t necessarily mean your dragon is sick. It might be fine for years. But later down the road, if your bearded dragon only eats crickets and super worms and you are not able to make it eat veggies, then chances are your bearded dragon might start developing some problems as it gets older.

You might not see any problems in five years, but once it gets older, you’ll start seeing some complications with bone structure and movement.

Conclusion

A healthy Bearded Dragon will appear attentive, move around, eat, and excrete normally, and appear interested in its environment. A healthy beardie will also have curious and clear eyes, whereas a sick one would be listless and lethargic.

I am the editor-in-chief at MyPetReptiles.com, a site that is devoted to reptiles and the people who love them. I have been keeping and breeding many pet reptiles such as bearded dragons, geckos, chameleons, etc. for over 10 years now.

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