Moving can be a stressful event for even the most seasoned pet. It is not unusual to encounter anxious behaviour when an animal has to make adjustments and change their environment, including habitat changes or adding new animals in with them.
When your beardie starts acting out it might seem like they are showing you that they don’t want to stay. The truth is Beardies need time and patience during these times as well as a lot of love from you, so keep calm and don’t create any unnecessary stress.
When moving with your beardie, be prepared for the potential stress they might experience and keep these tips in mind to make things easier on them
Bearded dragon relocation stress
Bearded dragons are prone to stress when they are relocated. In fact, their relocation can cause a lot of physical and mental health problems for the animal. It is important that you learn how to help them prepare in advance and keep them as happy as possible during a stressful time. This article provides some tips on what you should do before sending your bearded dragon off to live with someone else or at a new location.
It’s important to remember that beardies are sensitive animals and they can’t be stressed out. If you’re moving your bearded dragon, it is important to keep them in a stress-free environment with no new tanks or large enclosures. They should have a small enclosure instead of being placed into an entirely different room since this will cause them extreme stress for the duration of their stay at home.
It is important to remember that not all beardies experience stress from relocation, and some will have no significant negative impact on their health. They are still just as vulnerable though, so it’s important when moving them to be attentive to their needs.
There are many ways of helping the dragons recover; this includes consistency in care, patience for the duration of the recovery period (the length varies depending on each individual), dedication towards making sure they’re happy during that time frame.
Signs of stress in bearded dragons
Not basking enough
Bearded dragons are social animals and need to be kept in groups. If temperatures are not being met, their stress levels will increase. They also require proper heat and light for them to stay healthy.
Bearded dragons can be very territorial, and it is important to make sure they are not stressed when you are moving them. Signs of aggression include darkened and puffed up beard, an open mouth, head bobbing. The color of the beard will also change from green to brown or black depending on how aggressive a dragon is being with its surroundings.
How to calm a stressed bearded dragon
Reduce handling to a minimum
If your bearded dragon is stressed, you can reduce handling to a minimum. You should avoid picking up the bearded dragon and instead provide many hiding places for them to rest.
It can be difficult to work with a dragon, but the key is not handling them too much. Excessive or unnecessary handling will result in your dragon feeling stressed and may lead to behavioral issues due to the fear of humans.
Instead, place your hand in the tank very briefly, as if you’re going for a handshake; this signals that there’s no reason for stress and gives time for dragons to get used to being handled without any negative consequences.
Minimize sensory overload
A bearded dragon’s life is full of change and new experiences. When moving a bearded dragon, the best thing you can do for them is to keep it as calm as possible. Make sure that their habitat has plenty of hiding spots and remember that they will eventually settle in.
Bearded dragons are often very stressed when moved, so it is important to keep them calm. Consider keeping them in a separate tank or crating them and taking a break before moving into your new home. Littler beardies may be bullied by bigger ones, without enough food and not get enough attention too.
Offer food daily
When moving a bearded dragon, offer live food daily to stimulate normal eating and activity levels. Offer both even if they are not consuming or demonstrating interest. Baby Bearded Dragons are usually fed more than adults, but sometimes they don’t get enough food. It is important to feed them at least twice a day.