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    Exclamation Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    Hi everyone, my bearded dragon (I think she's a female) has recently started showing signs of aggression, not all the time, just now and then for maybes the last 2 weeks.

    At first it would just be wriggling around in my hand but the other day I noticed her get her black beard on the go when my friend picked her up, I thought it was just because she didn't know him, but she know does it to me when its time to put her back in her tank.

    What i am asking in a long winded way is what is the best way to pick her up when she is all bloated and trying to snap? I don't want to hurt her or make her feel threatened. cheers






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    Re: Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    Welcome to HC! I spun this off to give you your own thread.
    A few details. How long have you had the dragon and how old is it?
    How are you keeping it? Tank size, substrate, temps, lighting, etc.
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    Re: Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    Hi, obviously you know puffing out the beard is just a threat posture, how long have you had the dragon?

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    Re: Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    Sorry, yes I know it's a threat posture I've just never seen her do it before, just read about it. I never knew about the body puffing up though I just saw that for first time today.

    I have had her since last oct-nov and she was about 3-4" long without tail.


    tank is 4ft by 2ft by 1.5ft, exo terra reptile sand, 27c,

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    Re: Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    If she`s not used to being handled by too many people, it would be easy for her to feel threatened and nervous.... is she eating and behaving normally apart form the threat displays? And is there any chance you can put a photo up?
    Thanks!

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    Re: Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    yeah she's eating fine, and behaving normally other than when you try to pick her up. sometimes she does ignore her food but usually not for long.

    also she's normally fine with other people, she would normally run and jump from one person to the other.



    pic is about one month old

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    Re: Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    Maybe she didn't sleep well and is cranky.

    If it is a one time thing, then i wouldn't worry all that much about it, they have mood swings sometimes. Some people they just don't like.

    My iguana on her bad days will be sitting by me looking all happy then out of no where WACK she tail whips me, like hey I am still boss of you. go fetch me lunch. It only happens once every 4 or so months. She just gets cranky sometimes.
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    Re: Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    Are you sure its a female? It may just be that the dragon is maturing and trying to throw its weight around.
    A couple of things... you didn't mention lighting. Do you have a UVB generating light on it?
    Also 27C is fine for the cool end of the tank but the ambient temp should 32.2-35C with a basking spot of 37.7-43.3.
    Also ditch the calcium sand. Its pure garbage and a great way to end up with an impacted lizard.
    What are you feeding it?
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    Re: Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    I agree with Kendalle, they can have "off days" I don`t think you have much to worry about..... is 27c. the ambient temp.? You really need a hot spot around (38 to 40c.) 100 to 105f. and ambient approx. 30 to 35c.(85 to 95f.) night temp. approx. 80f. ( 27c.) Also can you give details of lights?
    Thanks!

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    Re: Aggressive Bearded Dragon

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ey View Post
    What i am asking in a long winded way is what is the best way to pick her up when she is all bloated and trying to snap? I don't want to hurt her or make her feel threatened. cheers
    Welcome to HC.

    I agree with Merlin, I think you've got a boy.

    Always scoop him up from the front with your hand under the tummy and dont worry about hurting him. It is totally normal behavior for a boy to show his beard, see it as funny and enjoy it.

    How often do you handle him?

    He will not feel threatened by you if he knows you and if you handle him every single day.
    Quality of life is just as important as good health.
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