Important Facts You Need To Know About Bearded Dragon Shedding
Do not be alarmed if your bearded dragon sheds its skin. This process is known as Ecdysis and there is no cause for concern if you see your pet undergoing this process. It is part of the normal life cycle of a reptile to experience this. There are three factors that contribute to the shedding process, these are: Health, Humidity and Growth. If these three factors are properly maintained, your bearded dragon will successfully shed its skin.
Why do bearded dragons shed?
Just like humans, dragons continue to grow. As time goes by, they grow and become bigger. An increase in size, therefore, demands a wider space for their skin. That is why bearded dragons, just like any other reptile, shed its skin so it can accommodate growth. You will notice water that forms on the outer layer of its scales once your pet will nearly shed its scaly skin. The new skin slowly replaces the old ones. The new skin is found beneath the loosened old skin.
When does shedding happen?
The shedding process is dependent on your pet’s age. The body size of your dragon expands as its age increases. In the early life stages of bearded dragons, their total mass doubles or triples. This is why you will observe that baby bearded dragons constantly shed their skin. Depending on the baby bearded dragon’s physical growth and structure, shedding may take place every month.
When to get worried?
Start to be alarmed if your adult bearded dragon frequently sheds its skin. If shedding happens twice a month, then it’s time for you to take action. There are underlying conditions that causes this to happen. Thus, you need to have your pet be seen by a veterinarian. Adult bearded dragons seldom shed regularly because their development and growth gradually decreases.
Older bearded dragons shed at most twice a year. If your pet’s shedding period has been delayed, there is no cause for worry. If shedding doesn’t take place, treat it as a cause of another problem. Do not treat it as a problem itself. Examine the conditions of the enclosure and ensure that proper levels of heat and humidity are maintained depending on your dragon’s size.
What do you expect to see during the shedding process?
It’s pretty easy to identify once your dragon starts the shedding process. It will look completely different from its ordinary appearance. Of course, its behavior will also change. You will observe changes in its color followed by a change in the texture of its scaly skin. There will be water in some parts of the skin. The flaky parts is where shedding is taking place. Unlike snakes that sheds it’s skin in one go, your pet shed slowly, taking its time, until the whole body has finished shedding. The first part of the body where shedding takes place are the legs followed by the back, the beard, and then its head. Once your pet has fully shed, it’s also an important time for reproducing since its reproductive organs are also matured.
As an owner, it’s your responsibility to be resourceful in finding information about your pet’s shedding stage. Necessary information on how to properly care for your beardie during the shedding stage can be found is very important.