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Promoting natural behaviors

Small enclosures and unnatural accessories impede natural behaviors which leads to stress and, in turn, behavioral issues such as self harm, unnaturally increased or decreased appetite and repetitive movements.

“…many companion lizards are housed in minimalistic enclosures where convenience and simply keeping the animal alive is the main priority.1

Enclosures need to be assessed from the animals view point, not human convenience.
1. The Animal Behavior Management Alliance 2015 Annual Conference “See the World through Behavior” , Denmark, www.theabma.org

Body Condition Scoring

The same body condition scoring used for mammals, is also applied to reptiles. Scale ranges from 1 (emaciated) to 5 (obese) or 9 (grossly obese), depending on the scoring table used. Reptile considerations for body score include girth of the tail and palpability of the ribs.

Body scoring by scales is subjective but useful as a quick guide and for longer term monitoring of body condition.

Score Characteristics
1 Emaciated

Fat is not visible. Bones visible.

2 Thin

Limited fat. Ribs and pelvic bones visible.

3 Optimal

Bones may be slightly visible.

4 Mildly overweight

Bones may be slightly visible. Few millimeters of fat over ribs and tail.

5 Obese

No bones protrude, nor palpable. Base of tail very thick. Fat is interfering with normal movement including length of stride.

Bearded Dragons Life Span

The bearded dragons life span in captivity is variable. Commonly reported as being somewhere around 6-8 years of age but the oldest in the Guinness Book of World Records was born 26 July 1997. As of 20 April 2012 it had lived 14 years and 268 days. However there are the odd members of Bearded Dragons World who have reported theirs as being over 15 years old.

testing hydration bearded dragon

How do you get a bearded dragon to drink water?

Offering a Bearded Dragon Water and Signs of Dehydration