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Bearded Dragon Shedding (Complete Guide)

Bearded Dragon Shedding (Complete Guide)

Bearded dragons do not have a regular molting schedule, but young bearded dragons shed more often than adults due to their rapid growth. Expect a growing bearded dragon to shed every few weeks until fully grown, and once every few months after fully grown.

    Reptiles become much more pronounced when they lose their external scales. This process is technically known as molting and is often referred to as shedding. Reptiles molt throughout their lives, and breaded dragons are no exception, molting due to growth or damaged skin.

    What causes bearded dragons skin to fall out?

    Ecdysis is the scientific term for shedding.

    A bearded dragon's skin is rough and composed mostly of keratinized scales. Because this keratin protein is not elastic, the bearded dragon's skin does not swell as it matures.

    This means that as the dragon grows in size, the skin stays the same size. You have to shed it to keep growing. As humans, we shed cells regularly. In reptiles, the entire process occurs simultaneously.

    Losing outer layer is common. This marks the inner layers of already mature and glossy skin. When bearded dragons molt, they don't molt all at once (like snakes do) and usually do it bit by bit.

    The skin will usually fall in huge lumps, and the beardie will shred it with its chin. Feeding on skin is natural and a distinctive feature of this species.

    Multiple huge lumps of skin at this stage are not unusual in their surroundings. This is a painless procedure for your dragon and he will complete everything on his own.

    I don't know when my bearded dragon will shed.

    Your Bearded Dragon may lose its appetite before entering the shedding process. This can also occur throughout the molting process, so it may indicate that molting is about to begin while feeding continues. Chances are they'll become concealed with dull color or pale/white tint. It is important to inspect your pet. If they have these symptoms but don't bleed, you should take them to the hospital. If your bearded dragon is molting, it can be agitated during this period, so it is best to leave it as it is told.

    How often do beardies bleed through their skin?

    The frequency with which bearded dragons molt depends entirely on their age. Bearded dragons shed regularly as babies, but become less frequent as they age.

    Here's how often infants, juveniles, and adult bearded dragons lose skin:

    Bearded Dragons in Infancy (0-6 months)

    Baby bearded dragons grow rapidly during the first six months of life, so they need to peel frequently to keep up with their high growth rates.

    During the first six months of life, a baby's skin is peeled off approximately once a week, usually completely from head to tail.

    Bearded Dragonling (6-12 months)

    When a bearded dragon reaches a young age of about six months, development begins to slow significantly compared to the first six months.

    Young dragons shed about twice a month between the ages of 6 and 12. 

    Adult Bearded Dragons (12-18 months)

    At this point, most growth should be complete, and Bearded Dragons only need to molt at most 4 times a year. This is likely not going to be a complete shedding at once, so expect to shed various parts over time.

    Adult Bearded Dragons (18 months and older)

    When a bearded dragon is fully mature and all development is complete, it only sheds when skin is damaged or too old to protect the dragon.

    They shed about twice a year, and the molting process is sometimes uneven, with head and body molting every few weeks.

    What should I do when my Bearded Dragon has shed?

    Do not pull the pieces. Below the hard skin, you will find delicate skin that can be uncomfortable and dangerous for bearded dragons.

    The shed can be imbedded and pose a threat to bearded dragons. Sometimes it can limit blood flow and cause mild infections that can lead to bigger problems, and in serious situations, death if left untreated.

    Spray your bearded dragon frequently or soak it in a warm bath to aid in the moulting process. After the skin is relaxed, gently massage the affected area, being careful not to push or pull.

    Use proper placement to help eliminate or loosen spillage. Branches, logs, slates and rocks can all be useful in this area. Make sure the UVB, heat and light gradients are all set up and working properly.

    How long does it take for a Bearded Dragon to molt?

    The rule of thumb is that the older a bearded dragon gets, the longer it takes to molt.
    • Baby dragons only molt once a week.
    • As dragons reach old age, it can take up to three weeks to molt.
    • The baby's shedding process lasts about 1-3 days.
    • It can take up to three weeks for an adult to molt.
    • Juvenile shedding process can last up to two weeks.
    • After 3 weeks, adults should finish molting.

    How can you help them during the molting process?

    In most cases, the molting of bearded dragons is taken care of by itself. It's not that you can walk them through every step.

    However, in some cases, there is a chance that you will help with the process. It's your duty as an owner to make them more comfortable or shed a little easier when they need you.

    Some of the best techniques to help bearded dragon barns are:

    Best tank configuration

    Having the proper tank arrangement to support your bearded dragon shedding skin is one of the best things you can do to help it shed skin.

    Like many other reptiles, bearded dragons have evolved to shed their skin very well, given the right settings. If your tank is well laid out, you don't need to get involved at all.

    So, how do you supply your dragon with a proper shedding tank setup? A tank can provide a natural surface for the bearded dragon to rub against during the day. This will make it easier for them to shed normally.

    Peeling is not a good idea.

    It's important to address this issue before moving on to more aggressive methods to help bearded dragons molt.

    Do not peel under any circumstances!

    It looks like it's ready to fall, but if it is stuck, curb the urge to peel it off. It peels off when the time is right.

    Many novice owners make this mistake when their bearded dragons start molting. They do it with their best intentions, but they only make matters worse.

    If you try to remove the skin yourself, you risk injuring the beardie and causing cuts or infections. It will also be very painful for your lizard!

    Good quality UVB lights

    Good quality UVB lighting assists the Bearded Dragon in the molting process. UVB light is essential for dragons in any case and should always be set appropriately. (Learn how to set up your lights correctly here.)

    Or if you want to know what lighting equipment I really suggest, go to my page where I discuss the best lights, thermostats, thermometers and more.

    With proper lighting settings, shedding is much simpler and smoother.

    Bathe them

    Think of this as a more aggressive kind of aid than mist. If other treatments don't work and you have skin that really needs to be peeled off (as you get better at measuring it over time), this is usually your best bet.

    Make sure the water is warm but not too hot. Do not touch your beardie too much during this time. Instead, let it enjoy the water.

    Water relaxes the skin over time, making it easier to remove. Bathing times should be kept to a maximum of 30 minutes.

    Quality food

    Providing your dragons with high-quality food will not only help them grow healthier overall, but will also help maintain healthy skin.

    Bearded dragons with poor diet and hydration can have a hard time shedding their skin when compared to dragons with proper diet and hydration.

    Always keep your tank well-watered, and feed them vegetables regularly to keep their skin healthy.

    Fog and environment

    This may seem paradoxical at first. On the other hand, sprinkling your beardie a little more than usual can actually help them shed their skin.

    Dry skin may appear to peel off more easily, but the increased moisture helps to remove the skin. It helps the dragon to feel comfortable and hydrated throughout the process.

    Don't be crazy about this. However, it is best to do a short spray 2-4 times a day, depending on the course of shedding. Anything more will almost certainly cause the enclosure humidity to rise faster than desired.

    Bath lamp

    The value of basking light for the health of dragon skin is often underestimated.

    Sunbathing under a glowing light for your dragon to help digest food, and if you don't have access to a lamp after a meal, it won't be able to metabolize the nutrients it just ingested.

    Because basking light is so important for digestion and skin health, it is important to keep the tank at an ideal temperature so that your dragon can digest food simply and without difficulty.

    As a bearded dragon owner, here's everything you need to know about how to take care of your bearded dragon.

    Use shedding supplement

    If you find that mist and wash isn't enough to get rid of hard skin, a shedding supplement might be a good choice.

    These are generally very nice and safe, but I only use them if my Bearded Dragon is having issues with shedding. Because otherwise it is simply an unnecessary expense.

    Shedding aids are often in the form of a spray that is applied to the dragon in the same way that it is watered.

    You can also buy spillage supplements to use in their bath water. Soaking the dragon for 20-30 minutes will help loosen the skin and water, making the dragon much more likely to shed by exfoliating the skin.

    My bearded dragon is not molting well.

    The main problems with shedding are clogged or sustained shedding and lack of essential nutrition.

    Of course, when it comes to shedding, problems can arise. However, if you supply everything shown above (different surfaces, lighting, moisture, food, etc) you should be fine.

    They have done it independently in the wild for millions of years without problems.

    I have witnessed a few things over the years of maintenance. To be honest, these concerns only occurred with the beardie that came to me as a result of the rescue. or disease, etc. So, once again, the care issue is closely related.

    However, the biggest concerns about molting are trapped or held barns and lack of essential nutrients.

    What should I do if the bearded dragon's tail doesn't fall off?

    Just because your bearded dragon's tail doesn't fall out as quickly as the rest of her body isn't necessarily cause for concern.

    The molting process can take a long time, and certain parts of the body, such as the tail, may molt more slowly than the rest of the body.

    With that said, you'll want to keep an eye on a few warning indicators to indicate that you may need to intervene.

    The tail seems to be shrinking or poor circulation.

    If you detect that the dragon's tail appears to be shrinking or has a ring around it, it is most likely due to insufficient blood circulation.

    Your best hope for preserving the tail is to apply aloe vera. Some owners have used 100% natural cocoa butter with amazing results.

    Apply to the dragon's tail at least once a day for several days and keep it away from heat lamps while the solution is in place to avoid burns.

    What's the deal with my bearded dragon's laziness?

    When molting, it is common for bearded dragons to appear sleepy.

    This is because shedding requires a lot of energy. They have to brush different surfaces to get rid of the old skin.

    For a few days before and after his shedding process, he will be less active in the cage.

    Why is my Bearded Dragon drooling and sleeping?

    It is quite unusual to sleep for a significant amount of time throughout the day when molting.

    Simply put, the process of shedding is unpleasant for them. As a result, sleep reduces movement. This indicates less unpleasantness.

    However, since they are less mobile, the shedding process takes longer.

    A healthy bearded dragon rubs its head, lower abdomen and other body parts in the tank walls to loosen the skin.

    They may sleep longer in the morning or sleep early at night, but it doesn't make much of a difference.

    If they are extremely drowsy, hyper-sleepy and behave strangely, I would visit an exotic pet's vet. There might be another underlying concern here.

    Why do bearded dragons get so annoyed when they molt?

    For bearded dragons, hair loss is no fun. As a result, it can be itchy and irritated. A lot of energy is lost due to shedding, which can be unpleasant. It is recommended to avoid handling them too much during this period.


    It's your responsibility to figure out why your bearded dragon is losing skin and what to do about it (even if the answer is usually nothing).

    Being a good owner involves knowing how often they molt, what their behavior will be, and how you can help them. And let's face it. It's all part of the fun!

    Helping these lizards adapt to cage life is so much fun. Shedding is just a by-product of the process.

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    About the author

    I am Paige and I love pets. I have a bearded dragon and a husky. My bearded dragon's name is Bart and he is a lot of fun. He likes to eat crickets and play in his cage. My husky's name is Sandy and she is a lot of fun, too. She likes to run and play in the park. I love taking them for walks and playing with them. They are both a big part of my family.
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