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How do Bearded Dragons see?

How do Bearded Dragons see?

Pets are great friends to humans. However, there is still a lot of questions in what they are, what they consume, and how they see it. You can believe that you know your pet well but sometimes, questions about their nature will come to your mind.

    One of the many doubts that bearded dragon owners and lovers have is whether these dragons can recognize colors.

    Beardie dragons, like other pets, rely on their sight to understand what's going on around them. They have clear eyesight, can see in color, and have eyes on either side of their head, which allows them to see more than humans.

    Bearded dragons see primarily through their eyes on the side of their head. They have a wider field of view than humans because of their location. Bearded dragons have a third eye on the top of their head that looks like a gray patch that only detects changes in light, such as shadows.

    On the other hand, their perception of depth is not very good. As a result, the Bearded Dragon will time the jump but collide with an object. Before understanding why bearded dragons perceive color, it is important to understand how they perceive color.

    What kind of eyesight does a bearded dragon have?

    Bearded dragons have two eyes on either side of their head. The eyes of a bearded dragon are arranged to have a wider field of view than humans.

    When the eyes are positioned in front of the skull, like humans, the field of view is focused forward, and they have a peripheral field of view, at most up to roughly the shoulder area, before they have to move their neck or torso to shift their vision.

    Because the bearded dragon's eyes are on the side of the head, it can see both forward and over the shoulder at the same time.

    Bearded dragons also have a third eye that appears as a gray patch on top of their head and is almost invisible (between the eyes).

    Many owners do not know that bearded dragons have a third eye or how important it is to a dragon's life.

    Can a Bearded Dragon see color?

    Beardie dragons can actually perceive more colors than humans. Tetrachromatic refers to the fact that the Bearded Dragon has four color sensors. There are only three color receptors in humans. They have the ability to see higher wavelengths, but humans do not. UV waves are visible to them.

    Knowing this is very important as it shows that you need to use the proper UV light for your Bearded Dragon. If you're not sure if you have the right UV lamp, read my post on Beardie Lighting. show you what you need to know.

    Is it true that Bearded Dragons are colorblind?

    Many people refer to bearded dragons as color blind. Contrary to popular belief, bearded dragons are not color blind. These animals have excellent vision in both eyes and can see a wider range of colors than humans.

    Bearded dragons have 4 color receptors compared to 3 (tetrachromatic) in humans. Dragons can detect ultraviolet light thanks to a fourth cone/receptor.

    They prefer lighter colors to heavier, darker shades in most situations. If you pay attention, you'll find that they're drawn to lighter colored items.

    The only time a bearded dragon cannot perceive color is when it is completely dark. A Bearded Dragon's eyesight is impaired in the dark.

    In the dark, unlike cats, the pupils are inactive. These dragons are primarily active during the day and sleep at night, so no night vision goggles are required.

    Can a Bearded Dragon see in the dark?

    It would be fantastic if Bearded Dragons could see in the dark, but they can't. They don't have cat-like eyes that adapt properly in the dark, so they can see everything clearly in the dark.

    In fact, the bearded dragon's pupils are a bit slow, but I'll explain that in more detail later.

    Another important thing to remember is that bearded dragons have poor night vision. Every Bearded Dragon has a place they can call home. Simply use the time switch to adjust the lights and turn them off at the same time each day, and most bearded dragons will know when to go to bed.

    Turning lights on and off manually without using a timer can be annoying for Bearded Dragons. It annoys your biological clock and, as a result, often doesn't get you to sleep before the lights go out.

    As a result, Bearded Dragons can wander in the dark with nowhere to rest. This isn't the end of the world, but it can be painful because bearded dragons don't feel safe resting in an unsafe location.

    To make it easier for a bearded dragon to know when to sleep, many use a number of time switches that turn off one light in turn.

    The third eye is the psychic ability to see.

    The third eye is known as the 'parietal eye', and is so well hidden that few are aware of its existence.

    This eye has a lens and a retina, but no iris, and is covered with a thin, transparent layer of skin. This eye does not perceive colors and pictures like the other two eyes, but it is still very useful.

    The third eye, or parietal eye, only sees changes in shadows and light coming from above. This provides important information about changes in the environment.

    Even with your eyes closed, if you close your eyes and gently raise your palms over your eyes, you will notice that everything darkens. This is basically what the Bearded Dragon's Third Eye achieves, but it's much more efficient.

    You should always be careful and cautious when handling a Bearded Dragon, but stroking the top of its head is fine as the third eye is adequately protected by the skin/scaly layer we discussed.

    How many eyes does a beardie dragon have?

    Bearded dragons have three eyes. In addition to having two eyes on either side of the skull, they have a third eye called the 'parietal eye'. These eyes are located on top of the skull and look like gray patches covered with a thin layer of skin.

    Do other animals have a third eye?

    This third eye is also found in a variety of other reptiles and lizards. The third eye is found in certain iguanas, skinks, and monitor lizards. It is primarily used to identify seasonal changes outdoors.

    Does it matter that a bearded dragon can see?

    The sight of bearded dragons is very important to them, and it is difficult to survive in the wild without excellent vision in all three eyes.

    1) Keeps away from predators

    Bearded dragons use their wide field of vision to closely observe what lies ahead and behind them without moving their necks.

    Without the proper equipment to fight predators, they will struggle to survive for long periods of time.

    The ability to effectively evade predators is still an important talent in captivity, although not as important in the wild.

    A dragon's hidden weapon, the Parietal Eye, is very useful for dodging predators. By catching up to slight changes in light, these eyes can detect predators approaching or passing by.

    This is especially convenient when they are basking in the sun and the bird of prey is flying up. The dragon's third sight can quickly detect anything above them, giving them ample time to take any necessary action.

    2) Prey capture

    Wild bearded dragons need both strong eyesight and wide vision to spot insects in motion. Their eyes are positioned to observe possible prey from various angles without looking back.

    This is useful even in captivity. Placing a live feeder in your dragon's tank makes catching insects with a wide field of view much easier, as most insects will try to hide under rocks, plants, and even substrates.

    3) Determine the time of day

    The time of day can also be determined through the parietal eye. This is especially important as the evening progresses.

    Bearded dragons are not nocturnal, so their eyes will notice changes in brightness as the sun begins to set. This is very important for recognizing day and night cycles.

    If a dragon is confined, it is also important to have a consistent nighttime ritual of extinguishing the lights at the same time each night.

    That's why I don't recommend leaving the Bearded Dragon's tank lit at night. When their third eye notices the light, this will trick your dragon into believing it's midday.

    4) Helps with Directions

    Lizards are usually territorial. They inhabit a specific location and always find their way back when they leave their territory.

    Bearded dragons and other lizards with parietal eyes use it to navigate. When you get lost, you can quickly find your way home with a third eye.

    What is a Bearded Dragon's field of vision?

    There is no simple solution to this. Expect to see as far as they can see. Bearded dragons watch all day long, and, as I said before, they can see everything in the reptile room if they can see directly.

    You can test this by placing the bearded dragon on one side of the room and showing the superworm on the other. It'll be noticed by your beardie (and probably go crazy like everything else, lol).

    A bearded dragon's laid-back eyes are always fixed somewhere in the distance. Placing a bug or green in front of the Bearded Dragon's eyes now dilates its pupils so it can see "prey" clearly.

    Bearded dragons can bend their necks at this moment to make it easier to focus on what's in front of them. Birds exhibit similar behavior.

    What can be done to help the Bearded Dragon's eyesight?

    Given the importance of a dragon's eyesight, you need to make sure your dragon's eyes are working properly. In the section below, we've outlined everything you can do to keep your dragon healthy.

    Dietary balance

    A Bearded Dragon's body, especially its eyes, needs a balanced diet of protein from insects and vitamins from plants to stay healthy.

    Depending on the age of the dragon, the amount of insects and leaves it needs to feed will vary.

    In addition to greenery and insects, you should also provide adequate calcium, vitamin D3, and vitamin supplements.

    Bearded dragons need a lot of light.

    Without the right warming temperature, food cannot be digested and nutrients from food or supplements cannot be utilized.

    UVB lighting is also necessary because it is needed for a variety of reasons, including absorption of vitamin D3.

    If you don't eat a balanced diet and don't use high-quality lighting, you'll have to fight your health and your eyesight.

    If you're not sure how to set up lights on your Bearded Dragons tank, take a look at our full lighting instructions.

    How to take care of Beardie's third eye?

    Bearded dragons have a third eye, so it's important to understand how to properly construct a dragon's cage. 

    Here are a few things to keep in mind when caring for a Bearded Dragon's third eye:

    1. Turn off the lights at night.

    Wild bearded dragons are controlled by the natural cycle of day and night. It is important to turn off the lights at night so that the Bearded Dragon can release the hormones it needs at the right moment. Otherwise, the Bearded Dragon's third eye will destroy the pineal hormone system.

    For best results, mimic the day and night cycle in a bearded dragon's enclosure. Make sure you have plenty of bright lights throughout the day. But when it gets dark, turn off all lights.

    2. Utilize automatic lighting

    It is recommended to use automatic lighting at night so that you do not forget to turn it off. Auto-lighting is a bit pricey initially, but it's worth it because you don't have to fiddle with the Bearded Dragon's cage every night.

    3. Do not switch between natural and artificial light sources.

    To provide fresh air to their bearded dragons, many new bearded dragon owners alternate between artificial and natural light. This is a fantastic idea in principle, but it doesn't always work in reality. Some bearded dragons react poorly when switching between natural and artificial light.

    It is unknown why certain bearded dragons react this way, but it may have to do with how they respond to their third eye and especially natural sunlight. To keep your Bearded Dragon happy and healthy, keep it in natural or artificial light. Don't switch back and forth between the two.

    4. Never approach your Bearded Dragon from above.

    One of the most important lessons to learn from this post is not to approach the bearded dragon from above. Approaching the Bearded Dragon in this way creates a shadow on the third eye. As a result, the bearded dragon will be terrified because it identifies the shadow with the predator.

    Rather, approach your bearded dragon from the front where they can see you. If the beardie dragon is approached this way, it will perceive it as a 'possible predator' rather than a 'potential predator.'


    The eyesight of bearded dragons is generally excellent. They are good at spotting objects from a distance. So if you drop a feeder across the room, it can come sprinting for food. They can also see a wider range of colors than humans. People have only three cones to perceive color, but they have four, so they can perceive a wider range of shades.

    A dragon's third eye (the parietal eye) can only detect changes in shadows and light, but is essential for identifying predators and telling the dragon time.

    Dragons, on the other hand, lack night vision. They cannot see well in the dark. Because their eyes are on the opposite side of their head, they have poor depth perception, sometimes bumping into objects or jumping from nowhere.

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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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