How to pick up a bearded dragon? Bearded dragons are wonderful creatures but can be a bit more difficult to handle than other lizards. However, they are generally docile and brave enough for handling once you get past their intimidating appearance in “Holes.” Be sure that your pet is used with humans because this will minimize stress during baths or vet visits.
It’s really important to get the right information and know-how your new beardie was raised so they can enjoy their best life. You need someone who can help you understand their needs, and body language and take note of threatening gestures so that they will be happy in both captivity and when released back into nature! Our vet spent some time going over this with us before we felt comfortable handling our little friend properly.
How To Pick Up A Bearded Dragon
When holding a bearded dragon, it’s important you safely pick your dragons with your hands slowly by wearing gloves and always hold them from the front or side and never directly above. Then slide your hand under their body to support it as you lift on one leg for stability so they feel secure in this position without being able to jump away easily
The easiest way I’ve found is just to put both hands underneath carefully while sliding out an inch at first until enough space has been created between us where there isn’t going anywhere anytime soon- unless somebody walks over our feet which sometimes happens even when people say “no” very loudly before getting close enough Haha sorry couldn’t help myself.
How To Correctly Pick Up A Bearded Dragon: Step-By-Step Instructions
In this section, we go over how to pick up and handle a bearded dragon safely.
It’s essential to follow these directions carefully to do this in the safest way possible by wearing gloves.
If you pick up your bearded dragon improperly, you might stress it out to the point where it may injure itself to escape from you.
Hands Should Be Washed
Always wash your hands. Germs and illnesses can easily be passed from human to dragon if they are not properly cleaned before handling. It is best practice for anyone who plans on interacting with their bearded dragon or caring for one in any way (whether through bathing), always wash your hands thoroughly either using hand sanitizer afterward if available but at least long enough so that no germs remain on the surface of our skin which could potentially cause illness later during interaction period.
Slowly Approach The Bearded Dragon From The Front
The best way to care for your new dragons is by slowly reaching in with caution. Be mindful of where their sensory nerves are located on the top and don’t attempt any sudden movements that could raise their stress level.
- Keep your distance from the bearded dragon while it eats
- Backing a beardie into a corner will make it feel intimidating
- If you poke the lizard with your finger, it may mistake it for a worm and chomp.
Gently Stroke The Bearded Dragon
The best way to pick up your bearded dragon is when he’s calm and happy. To do this, you should wait until the little guy blinks or closes his eyes which will tell us that he feels comfortable enough with our hands around him for now.
If we see any signs of anger like making his chin go black (which means stress) then back off because these are not good conditions to get closer than just inches away from each other while trying to handle an animal as energetic.
Scoop And Support
Move your finger and hand in an upward motion towards the bearded dragon’s chest/belly area to pick him up.
To be sure you are providing the bearded dragon with enough space, keep one hand flat and use it to support their weight. If they feel like any part of their body is hanging off or not resting on anything solid enough for them to balance themselves properly then panic will set in fast.
Stay Calm And Relax
If you do this, your bearded dragon should calm down shortly.
Be smart when you move with your bearded dragon. Take time to clean their enclosure or play around so that they don’t feel threatened in any way.
Be careful when grooming your bearded dragon not to irritate the skin with rough motions. You should also start by giving them 15 minutes of petting for their first week, then increase this time as you go on.
Return The Bearded Dragon
After spending some quality time with your bearded dragon, you need to put him back.
This isn’t hard but doesn’t just drop the lizard in its enclosure carefully lower yourself and support it fully as well so that when they land on their feet all of sudden there’s no more space for movement.
Things You Need To Know Before You Go Out And Buy A Bearded Dragon
There are a few things you need to know before you go out and buy a bearded dragon.
What Is The Lifespan Of A Bearded Dragon
Bearded dragons can live up to 20 years if they are properly cared for. That means you need to be prepared to take care of your new pet for a long time.
What Do Bearded Dragons Eat
Bearded dragons are omnivores, which means they will eat both plants and animals. However, they prefer to eat insects and other small prey. You will need to provide them with a steady supply of insects or other small animals to keep them healthy.
How Big Do Bearded Dragons Get
Bearded dragons can grow up to 24 inches long. That means they will need a fairly large enclosure to live in. Make sure you have the room to house a bearded dragon before you bring one home.
How Much Do Bearded Dragons Cost
Bearded dragons can cost anywhere from $30 to $200 depending on their age, size, and color. Younger dragons tend to be less expensive, while older dragons can be more costly.
- Where Can I Buy A Bearded Dragon
You can purchase bearded dragons from pet stores, reptile shows, or online. Just make sure you buy from a reputable source to ensure you are getting a healthy dragon.
Now that you know a little bit about bearded dragons, you are ready to go out and pick one up! Just remember to do your research first and be prepared to take care of your new pet for many years to come.