Bearded Dragon Brumation
Bearded dragon brumation, also called Bearded dragon
hibernation, is the a reversible state in which most of these
animals spend their winter months. It is characterized by a type
of slumber or inactivity, where they are asleep most of the
time. It also includes a severely reduced appetite, hiding
behavior and excessive digging behavior.
During the Bearded dragon hibernation period, unlike the true
sense of the word, these animals will actually be awake some of
the time. It is normal during this period to have a severe
degree of weight loss and a depressed appetite, sometimes even
total anorexia. This can last for weeks to months and usually
start when the night time temperatures drop, even if the day
time temperatures are still warm and bright.
Not all Bearded dragons will go into this so-called slumber. A
lot of juvenile Bearded dragons will actually skip their first
winter brumation. Some adults might also take this route and
apart form being a winter thing, there is no set time or
duration for this to happen.
In nature, the change in seasons will cause this behavior to
start or to end. In captivity however nothing should be done to
induce this behavior. In my opinion the lighting and heating
should remain unchanged during this time. The same goes for when
these animals wake up, at which food should be introduced slowly
again to gain normal body condition.