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Bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) inflate their bodies as a sign of aggression or when they are threatened. The inflation is caused by the expansion of the body cavity, which is filled with air. This makes the dragon appear bigger and more threatening to its opponent.

Even though both male and female bearded dragons can puff up to the opposing sex, the male is more likely to do so to attract the female and signal that he's ready to mate. By puffing up, the male is also signaling to the female that he is in charge and that his intentions are obvious.


    Why does my bearded dragon puff up at random?

    Bearded dragons puff out their beards to signal that they are angry at someone or something. A bearded dragon is attempting to frighten anything dangerous to them by turning their beard black and puffing it out.

    Why does the neck of a bearded dragon swell?

    Bearded dragons have spiky pouches on their throats, which are located just below their necks. When confronted with a potentially dangerous circumstance, they strive to seem more intimidating to their adversaries. They use air to blow these pouches out. Their pouches take on a temporary darker tone, near to black, as a result of this.

    What's the deal with my bearded dragon's balloon-like puffiness?

    When your bearded dragon is set to lose some skin, they intuitively know. They may puff up to relax the skin on its neck and torso to speed up the process.

    What's the deal with my bearded dragon gulping?

    As a protection strategy or when agitated, certain beardies may swallow air and puff up to seem larger. The jerking, as well as the amount of time he's been "acting" unwell, is troubling. Beardies brumate, which is analogous to mammalian hibernation. Brumation may persist anywhere from a few weeks to many months.

    Why is my bearded dragon circling back and forth so much?

    In moments of boredom or tension, bearded dragons engage in odd behavior. Beardies will race along the edge of their cage (typically a glass tank) and stand on their hind legs, attempting to climb up the wall.

    What causes bearded dragons to flatten?

    When a beardie perceives danger, he will immediately flatten and reveal his tummy. This stance gives him the appearance of being bigger and stronger than he is. Rather from inviting confrontation, stomach flattening is done to prevent it.

    Is it true that bearded dragons sneeze?

    Sneezing: It's possible that your dragon may sneeze. This is a common occurrence. Because lizards do not sweat like humans, they do not excrete salt through their skin. They do it instead by sneezing.

    Why is my lizard sneezing so much?

    Sneezing may be caused by an allergic response to both airborne and ingested chemicals. Sneezing is how iguanas and many other reptiles cleanse their bodies of specific salts that are a natural by-product of their digestive processes.

    Is it true that Beardies yawn?

    They yawn by blowing out their beards and opening and shutting their lips multiple times. When bearded dragons are bored or stressed, they will engage in this activity.

    My bearded dragon flexes his beard for no apparent reason.

    Your bearded dragon's beard may puff out in reaction to stress, fear, or territorial actions in general. They may also do it in the bath, during meals, or during mating season. A healthy dragon may puff up in a number of situations, but this does not always indicate that anything is wrong.

    When a bearded dragon raises its tail, what does it mean?

    Bearded dragons' tail curling motion denotes awareness. When hunting prey or racing about for various reasons, bearded dragons curl their tails up. When placed in hot environments or in warm water, they will curl their tails in response to the heat.

    Why does the beard of a bearded dragon become black?

    The color of a bearded dragon's beard changes to indicate their emotional condition. If your beardie's beard darkens, it's a sign that it's feeling threatened or stressed. However, whether attempting to impress a female, managing their heat, or getting out of a brumation stage, their beards might darken.

    Are reptiles capable of feeling emotions?

    Reptiles, on the whole, show fundamental emotions. Fear and aggressiveness are the major two, although they may also show joy when caressed or fed food.

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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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