Monday, October 20, 2014



Brumation is basically hibernation-lite. It occurs i some dragons that are a year of age or older, although it does not occur in every Bearded Dragon. Brumation can happen at any season of year, but the vast majority of the time it happens in the winter of whatever place you are in. Every Bearded Dragon brumates differently. Some just slow down for a few months, some slow down and stop eating, some take long naps, and some sleep for months at a time without break. Its also possible for a Bearded Dragon's brumation habits to change as it gets older.

During a typical brumation, your Bearded Dragon should not lose any weight to speak of.
They should get a vet check just prior to brumation, when they are showing the first signs of lethargy, and the vet appointment should include a fecal check.

You should provide your Bearded Dragon with a hide of some sort on the cool side of the habitat in which he can rest. Temperatures can safely fall into the low sixties during brumation. If your Beardie wakes up briefly offer water and food. They may not take the food, that's normal. If they do eat, encourage them to have a bowel movement before they fall back to sleep, otherwise the food may rot in the stomach. Bearded Dragons have an instinct about this, and probably will not fall deeply asleep while still carrying lots of food in their stomach.

In a few weeks to a few months, depending on the Bearded Dragon, normal activity should be resumed.



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