Today, we shall be looking at the bearded dragon bath behavior. As we all know, hygiene is essential. It is not only important to human beings but pets as well. Letting the bearded dragons soak in water once or twice in a while has many advantages which we will look at below. Although bathing them is crucial, some of them will not enjoy soaking in water. This is different for every bearded dragon, and this is the reason we will learn the normal bearded dragon bath behavior.
So, what is the bearded dragon bath behavior?
Well, every bearded dragon is different. Some will enjoy a nice warm bath while some will not. It is due to this reason that you should pay much attention when you place him in water. If you find him acting weirdly when you place him in water, the water might be irritating him, which is not a good thing. I will explain what to do during such cases.
You should understand your bearded dragon and know what he appreciates. It is easier with baby turtles as you can gradually teach them to love showers. As for older bearded dragons, you will have to be careful with what you decide to do.
Do Bearded Dragons Like To Be In Water?
Some animals do have a phobia of water. They hate being in the water, and some bearded dragons do have this phobia. You should be keen when you place them in water. If you notice that he freaks out, it is probably wise to quit bathing them. It is not worth stressing out your pet for a bath. Baths help them to hydrate and if you feel that they are dehydrated, use an alternative method to hydrate them such as misting them several times in a day or drop some water on them.
If he just gets a little annoyed, he can adapt and get used to it. If this is the case, you should reduce the number of baths to about once a week. As for those that enjoy baths, you can clean them each day. Just ensure that you keep an eye when bathing him. It is necessary to clean them some times to get rid of dirt and to help in shedding. To aid with the cleaning, you can use soap to get rid of dirt quickly. This is not recommended unless your bearded dragon is excessively dirty. These soaps may contain chemicals that are toxic to the bearded dragon, and their skin will surely absorb the chemicals. When getting a cleanser, use the ones with very few ingredients.
How Do You Dry A Bearded Dragon After Bath?
Drying your bearded dragon is essential. This is because bearded dragons are cold-blooded animals. This means that they rely on the environment for their warmth. They cannot generate heat on their own. For this reason, if you left them wet, they would get cold, and this is harmful to their health. Even after drying them, it is recommended that you place them inside their container with the heat lamps on to dry completely and absorb some heat. When using a towel to dry your bearded dragon, you must be very gentle, especially if he is a baby. Their legs are very fragile, and failure to great caution may lead to injuries. You should wrap them with the towel and press gently to absorb the moisture. However, I would not recommend rubbing. Some bearded dragons do not appreciate rubbing. If yours does not mind, do it in the direction of their scales. Be very gentle with this process, and once the excess water is dried, place him in his vivarium for complete drying.
Why Do Bearded Dragons Hate Bath?
Different reasons may make bearded dragons hate baths. These reasons include, their bath water may not be at their liking. Their water should be warm at about 85 and 92 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the ideal temperature that keeps the beardy warm while bathing and is not too hot. You should also ensure that the water is below his neck to avoid drowning.
Another thing is that the bearded dragon does not shower regularly. It is wise to make him used to baths when he is small as when he is fully grown, and it is difficult to train him. The water may also be irritating. Ensure that you clean their bath place, and the water is pure and fresh. These are the simple things that may make your beardie hate bathing. If your bearded dragon hates bathing, try misting when you feel he is dehydrated. You know you bearded dragon best, and the best thing to do is to use your instincts.
How Often Should I Bathe My Baby Bearded Dragon?
It is recommended that you frequently bath your bearded dragon. It helps to keep them clean and be healthy. It helps to hydrate them, and it makes shedding easy. Moreover, it helps in cleaning an open wound for treatment. The number of times that you should clean your bearded dragon is relative to the pet and the owner. Some owners will prefer a once a week bath, others will choose three times a week while others will go with baths every day. I would not recommend bathing them every day not unless your bearded dragon is trained to release himself during baths. If this is the case, then frequent baths are recommended. You should not bath your bearded dragons during their first month after birth. They are too small for baths. After a few months, you can now start to give him some baths. By then, they will be big enough. Train him to enjoy showers when he is small to avoid stress when he is fully grown.
How Can I Tell If My Bearded Dragon Is Dehydrated?
There are some few signs you may notice when your bearded dragon is dehydrated. They include having wrinkled skin; they may have sunken eyes and decreased skin elasticity. This can be seen when you gently pinch the skin. You may also notice saliva tackiness. If you notice these signs, your bearded dragon is probably dehydrated, and you need to act on that.
Bearded Dragon Tail Up In Bath
This is the situation when your bearded dragon raises his tail. It happens mostly during baths and what this means is that they don’t want their tails to get wet. You should pay attention to such reactions as they mean a lot. Some people say that they are being alerted like when they are hunting. Some will do this when they are breeding.
To conclude this, for hygiene purposes and hydration, you should ensure that your bearded dragon takes a bath once in a while. If they hate bathing mist them for hydrations. The key thing is to pay attention to them as they soak in water. Another thing to keep in mind is to ensure that the temperature of their water is warm and to their liking. After baths, dry them gently and place them inside their vivarium for heat absorption. All the bearded dragons have different characters and it is up to you to do what they appreciate. Just use your instincts.
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