How often should your Bearded dragon shed?
Skin shedding, or ecdysis, is the process where Bearded dragons loose their outer skin as the result of growing. The shedding process is mainly dependent on the size and growth rate of the animal.
Normal Bearded dragon skin shedding
On average, younger Bearded dragons will shed more often, commonly every few months. Adult Bearded dragons will shed as seldom as once or twice a year.
Like most lizards, Bearded dragons are rather leisurely about shedding their skins. Normal skin shedding will take place in patches. It is often normal for Bearded dragons not to eat, or eat less during this period. During this time, Bearded dragons might also show an increase in biting and soaking behaviours.
In order to monitor shedding patterns in Bearded dragons, it is always a good idea to keep record of the start and finish dates.
Bearded dragon shedding problems
Problems might occur when the shedding process takes too long. Because shedded skin does not come off as one piece, patches of skin can remain in certain places – typically around the tail, legs, feet/toes, around the eyes and around the spikes.
When this happens, the skin in these areas can start to constrict, reducing blood flow to these areas, or layers of shedded skin can start to build up.
Shedding problems in Bearded dragons can be the result of various problems. Aspects like the temperature and humidity, UV exposure, external skin parasites (e.g. mite infections), slow growth and general health issues should be investigated. If this is the case it’s always a good idea to consult a reptile friendly veterinarian on the matter.
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