( Know everything about the shedding process of a bearded dragon, and how you can help your bearded dragon in the growing stage. Do bearded dragons eat their own skin after shedding? )

While growing up, A bearded dragon usually sheds during its growth stage or to replace the damaged skin.  Bearded Dragons’ have rapid growths. All living reptiles usually shed their external layers of skin, cocoons and scale. 

In the growing stage, specially the baby dragons tend to shed more as compared to the adult dragons. However, you have to look out whether the dragon is having smooth shedding without any problem.

Do bearded Dragons shed ?

Yes, bearded dragons shed themselves. Some dragons also eat their own shedding scales to get the nutrients left in the earlier scale. Don’t panic, have patience as it takes a little time to get the full shedding.

How often do bearded dragons shed?

Bearded dragons shedding process

A young bearded dragon used to shed more frequently as compared to the adult dragon.  It takes time from 2 to 3 weeks to 7 to 8 weeks.

Baby Dragon Shedding time and frequency : A baby dragon sheds its skin once in a month till 6 months of its age. So, it will shed like 6 times in 6 months.  They shed their skin more frequently and sometimes even after two to four weeks. To develop, their body with nature they shed several times in the whole year.

Adult Dragon Shedding time and frequency : An adult bearded dragon sheds its skin once or twice a year. When a baby dragon becomes an adult, the growth rate decreases, that is why the frequency of shedding its skin gets reduced.

You get to notice certain behaviour and surrounding environment, when you see an adult dragon is shedding its skin!

  • They may become more aggressive.
  • Their eating habits may change.
  • They may look stressful.
  • You may realize completely skittish behaviour.
  • You may notice eye inflation, sometimes their eyes even become bulgy.

All you can do to your beardie matured dragon, give them space to develop the new skin. Skin replenishment happens due to low level of calcium available in their body, or for grooming.

How fast do bearded dragons grow ?

 Bearded dragons shedding process

Bearded dragons are nothing but the omnivorous lizards.  Bearded dragons try to revolt other predators. But, seeing them growing up you get to know many things about the reptiles. A bearded dragon grows so fast , that just takes a year to get entered in the adulthood.  Their life span is 5 to 15 years. They grow up very quickly.

The baby stage growth : When they born, they are actually 3 to 4 inches in size. But, they require proper husbandry to  get  optimal growth. If you take good care of your bearded dragon, they can become 6 to 8 inches in length within 3 to 5 weeks.

Nearing Adulthood Growth stage : As they grow up so quickly, by reaching 3 to 6 months of age they become  around 1.5 feet in length.  In fact, within a year they become a full bearded dragon.

Adulthood Growth stage : At this age, they become fully matured and reach the height by 22 inches to 25 inches. During this age , their sexual maturity occurs.  The age where you will see the bulges. In this stage, you can recognize whether it is a male or female bearded dragon.

Old age Growth stage : While reaching at least 6 years, you can tell your  bearded dragon is getting old. At this age, they need special care and love too. At this age, they become lethargic to any activity.  Eventually, there is no growth in this age.

They may probably loss eyesight, loss weight and they may leave eating too. They become totally unresponsive. At this age , they may die too.

By measuring their heights you can assume their ages. By noticing the bulges you can guess the gender as well.  If you want to see rapid growth of your bearded dragon, then you need to provide top notch husbandry

Bearded Dragons shedding behaviour

Bearded dragons feel while they shed. However, during this natural process of nature in reptiles, you are supposed to realize vivid colours in the new skin of your loving bearded dragon. After completion of the shedding process, enzymes get released to work as an aid between the outer skin and new skin.

How to know the shedding phase through their behaviour :

There are certain behaviours the bearded dragons display in front of you. You have to realize their behaviour and need to give them enough space and care in the overall shedding process.

  • They do not want to get handled by anyone while they are supposed to have shedding.
  • They become more lethargic, they prefer sleep more.
  • They may loss their appetite, during the shedding process.
  • They try to scratch their body with their legs.
  • Bearded dragons will seek rough surfaces to rub their body and get the shedding process done soon.
  • In the process of losing the skin, they rub their back to rocks as well.

So, by noticing the above behaviour you can get the idea about , when a bearded dragon is involved in the process of shedding.

Do lizards shed their skin ?

 Bearded dragons shedding process
Bearded dragons shedding process

Yes, the lizards shed their skin while they grow up. Because lizard is a part of reptiles. In fact , there is a saying, in fact when a lizard sheds its tail, it comes to see the tail again there, if they see it , they eat it.

Lizards shed their skin for their growth and to avoid parasites.

What to do for a shedding bearded dragon ?

Skin shedding is also known as Ecdysis. The process of shedding skins of bearded dragons vary from each other  on the basis of their age , environment and the surrounding they live. Few things you have to keep in your mind while a bearded dragon sheds!

  • If you see your bearded dragon has started shedding , do not try to pull off the skin. Nature will do the work for you easily, wait and see. If you pull the skin of your bearded dragon, it might face any kind of  injury or infection.
  • If you wish to see your bearded dragons must shed its skin a bit faster, then you have to mist over its skin many times a day. While misting, it gets moisturised and the skin becomes more softer than earlier also the shedding process becomes much easier.
  • Let your bearded dragon bath twice or thrice a week. Bathroom sinking helps a lot in shedding its skin. Give your bearded dragon  warm water (Luke warm water) and let it play there.
  • There are lots of shedding aids are available in the market, you can have one and use it over your bearded dragon or else you can mix them with bathing water. The shedding aids help to promote new skins soon.

Bearded dragons are often considered as adorable pets but they need good care for growth. Maintenance is easy as you are required to have minimum reptile equipments. Their favourite foods are crickets  and  meal worms.  You have to keep focus on the proper set up, to give comfort to your bearded dragon.

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