Bearded Dragon Lifespan

March 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Bearded Dragon Info

There are a variety of ways that you can do to lengthen the bearded dragon lifespan. By following the right care and strategy, your bearded dragon pet can live longer yet healthy. The captive bearded dragons are healthier than those wild-caught bearded dragons. They can live longer if their owner is able to give them the proper care for them to survive.

Generally, a bearded dragon can live from 7 up to 10 years as their average lifespan. Some “beardie” species can actually reach up to 12 years to live. It is believed that breeding females have shorter lifespan than the males due to the stress that they experience with reproduction. That is why many breeders have stopped using some of the female animals to breed after 3 or 4 seasons to avoid them from stress that can cause death.

Normally, bearded dragons that have reached up to 12 years are the ones that are given proper care and nutrition by their owners. If you are an owner of a bearded dragon, your pet too can also achieve to live longer than usual. Here’s what you can do to lengthen your bearded dragon lifespan.

Know what are the diseases and disorders that your bearded dragon pet can get. Know how to avoid these kinds of illnesses and the treatment solutions that you can apply to your pet once they occur. The most common diseases that bearded dragon can get are:

  • Impaction
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Hypovitaminosis A
  • Calcium Deficiency
  • Mites
  • Thermal Burns
  • Terminal Ingestion
  • Internal Parasites
  • Stomatitis
  • Dehydration
  • MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease)
  • Dystocia (Egg Binding)
  • Skin Problems
  • Coccidia
  • Internal Parasites
  • Other Parasites

Bearded dragons are not able to groan or even create any sounds or gestures so it’s best to use your observation skills in order to determine when something goes wrong with them. If you have a healthy bearded dragon and one day you find it acting differently, you can go to your vet to see if there’s something wrong with your pet and take the proper action.

You must be aware of your pet’s behavior, determine which is normal and which is not. Pay attention to their eating habits and if they’re still able to do their bowel movements as normal as the usual. You should also pay attention to the amount of urine (those are the white solid or powdery substance) that goes out during the bowel movements. If you have seen something unusual, this can be a possible sign of kidney problems.

You should also know the food items that your pet should eat or avoid. Bearded dragons are being fed properly according to their age. By giving them a balanced nutrition, they can stay healthy and live longer. A bearded dragon that was purchased from a pet store is infested with roundworms, hookworms, pinworms, coccidia and other types of pests.

It is always recommended to consult your veterinarian on how to give your bearded dragons the right care, proper nutrition and other treatments to lengthen your bearded dragon lifespan.


3 Comments on "Bearded Dragon Lifespan"

  1. diane Pritchard on Mon, 18th Nov 2013 7:08 am 

    Our bearded Dragon was a rescue Dragon that didn’t have enough uv light wen it was young so his leg bones are not properly formed. He doesn’t have much strength in them.he just seems more lethargic than normal but his motions are normal and he’s eating normally too.

  2. Ann Marie Shrader on Fri, 22nd Nov 2013 5:01 am 

    Hi. thanks for the info. I have a bearded dragon, about 8 years old. He is going through an extended hibernation period which seems unusually long. He is starting to shed as well, which may be a good sign. Any thoughts or comments?

  3. jackie on Mon, 25th Nov 2013 8:54 pm 

    while shedding I bathed my beardie with warm water to help him, now he seems to want to soak in his water dish. His tank is not to hot and humitity is right on, is this bad or just a silly quirk?

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