What to look for in a healthy pet Bearded dragon
It is important to be able to tell whether a Bearded dragon is healthy or not. Although sick or diseased individuals might have less visible signs, a healthy Bearded dragon will always have the following characteristics:
When there is movement around, a Bearded dragon should always be alert and bright. They should always be curious to see what is going on.
Willingness to eat and bask
A Bearded dragon should almost always be willing to eat what is to offer, especially moving prey. They should also spend most of the day basking in the basking area.
No excretions from eyes, nose and mouth
The eyes, nose and mouth should be free from any type of excretions. This includes, sores, crusts or dirt.
The vent area of a Bearded dragon should be clean and dry. A dirty vent is an indication of diarrhoea.
Healthy Bearded dragons with a well maintained muscle and bone structure should be able to sit upright.
Filled out belly
A filled belly is an indication that a Bearded dragon is well fed.
Absence of swellings in toes and tail
Swellings on the toes and tail is very often an indication of shedding problems. The toes and tail can also be bitten by other Bearded dragons.