There might be
various reasons for Bearded dragon burrowing behavior, some
completely normal, others abnormal. Bearded dragon burrowing can
be categorized into the following:
Normal Bearded Dragon
When Bearded dragons
prepare to sleep some may partially or completely burrow
themselves in the substrate. Others will simply fall asleep in
the last position they were before the lights went off.
This category is mainly characterized by the burrowing of
healthy looking (eating well etc.) individuals which only
burrows in the late afternoon or evening.
When it comes to the winter months, most Bearded dragons will go
into a slumber state, also called the
brumation period where their activity reduces to such a
degree where they will seem listless. This is also a normal
behavior and can continue for the entire duration of the
A sexually active,
breeding female will start to burrow in the substrate when she's
ready to deposit her eggs. These females can be distinguished
from stressed females by having larger, egg filled abdomens.
This is also a continued type of burrowing where the Bearded
dragon female will sometimes burrow for a few days without stop.