My Bearded Dragon Shed It’s Skin & Won’t Eat

March 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Bearded Dragon Care

I wanted to touch on this question that I received via email yesterday.  The question was about a relatively young bearded dragon (although age really doesn’t matter in this case) that had just shed it’s skin.  The owner was afraid that the beardie might be very sick since he seemed lethargic, wouldn’t touch his food, and even refused it’s favorite treat… mealworms.

“Bearded Dragon Shed Skin, Won’t Eat” is how he put it.

Well my friend, you’ve got nothing to worry about.  All beardies get a bit lethargic after shedding their skin, and it’s not that your beardie WON’T eat, it’s that he doesn’t have the energy to.  Shedding the skin of a reptile is quite a labor-intensive process, and your bearded dragon pal just needs a little rest.   This could take anywhere from a few days, to a week and a half.  Rest asured though, all reptiles do this, not just beardies.

If your beardie is still refusing food in a week or so, then you can start to worry a little.  However, I wouldn’t be worried.  Hope this answers your question!


3 Comments on "My Bearded Dragon Shed It’s Skin & Won’t Eat"

  1. {name} on Wed, 16th Mar 2011 1:01 pm 

    I could not have written that better myself.

  2. arielle on Wed, 10th Sep 2014 4:00 pm 

    I have a 6 week old beaded dragon and she is shedding but so far only on her tail. But i was trying to feed her because wen she does not like crickets. But she wont move or even eat. I am worried about her

  3. Emily on Wed, 18th Nov 2015 3:09 am 

    Wow! I have researched for months and months, but I never heard of that. Thank you very much! 😀

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