Correct Bearded dragon handling
Bearded dragons should be handled in certain ways to prevent them from jumping, dashing and injurieng themselves while at a height. Diseases might also be transmitted while handling a Bearded dragon.
The correct way to handle a Bearded dragon
Adult and baby Bearded dragons should be handled differently. Adult Bearded dragons are handled with two hands. They should be picked-up by scooping one hand under the belly while supporting the rest of body with the other hand. Allow the Bearded dragon can rest on your palm while your fingers are gently curled over its back. When sitting down, a tame Bearded dragon can be allowed to sit on the body of the handler.
A baby Bearded dragon should be handled with extra caution. They are picked-up by using your hand to make a ‘cage’ around the body. Tame baby Bearded dragons can also be encouraged by a gentle shove to go and sit in your hand before ‘caging’ the fingers around the body.
When handling any Bearded dragon, it should be observed closely at all times. When it starts to get uncomfortable it may decide, or get ready, to jump. Children should preferable handle Bearded dragon under supercision of adults.
Restraining a Bearded dragons
When outside, or in large open spaces, Bearded dragons can be restrained using custom harnesses. A free-roaming Bearded dragon should always be under strict supervision.
Falling injuries are commonly seen in pet Bearded dragons. Although falls from shorter distances often goes without injuries, falling from significant heights (e.g. from a sitting lap or standing person) can lead to serious injuries. Handling and holding a Bearded dragon correctly will prevent falling injuries. Also see tail injuries in Bearded dragons for more information.
Hygiene practices while handling a Bearded dragon
After handling a Bearded dragon (or any other reptile), handles should follow proper hygiene practices. This includes washing or wiping your hands and any in-contact body parts with an appropriate disinfectant.
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