Bearded dragons are one of the most popular lizards on the planet. Many people love them as pets, some even spend millions of dollars to breed them in their homes. But, are they really safe from the sun?
So, I got this message from a reader…
Do you know if your bearded dragon can get sunburned? Our bearded dragon, Bronty, loves to sunbathe in the morning, but he has an interesting habit of going in the sun for too long, and then he acts like he is in the sun and is over heating. We want to know if bearded dragons can get sunburned because we think it might be a sign of something more serious like cancer, or if it would just be a sign of him getting older.
Bearded dragons are reptiles, and like any reptile, they are cold-blooded. Being cold-blooded means that they rely on the environment around them to regulate their body temperature. In bearded dragons, this is accomplished by their ability to change color. They can go from a warm black to a cooler grey-brown, letting off or absorbing heat from the sun itself.
It’s also in this habitat that bearded dragons seek out areas that they can be exposed to the sun without getting burned. They find shade and dark places with rocks, tall plants, and other areas that will cast a shadow on their bodies. This allows them to soak up the warmth of the sun, but not suffer the consequences of too much exposure.
As a bearded dragon owner, you are free to let your pet bask in the sun during the day. However, it is important that you provide him with shade if it can help prevent him from having too much exposure to the sun. He should never be allowed to sleep in direct sunlight, or where he can be burned by hot spots on a surface.
How long can a bearded dragon stay in the sun?
For the first week or so, Bearded Dragons can go outside and in the sun for 5 to 10 minutes each day. If there are no symptoms of stress, such as a black beard, running, or attempting to flee, you can gradually extend the time period.
Natural UVB exposure will be extremely good for your dragon. Even if your dragon is acclimated to it, 30 minutes to an hour of exposure is more than enough.
Remember, it’s a huge frightening world out there. New sights, new scents, and extreme UV exposure may all be stressful for a dragon. If your dragon tries to flee, hide, or otherwise escape, bring them back inside to the safety of their own established area.
How do I know if my bearded dragon is too hot?
Have you been noticing that your bearded dragon has been spending a lot of time basking in the sun lately? This might mean they’re a bit too hot, so it’s important to make sure they don’t overheat. So how do you know if they’re too hot? Here are some things to look out for:
- If the lizard is panting or drooling, this is a sign that they are feeling too warm. If they have a reduced appetite, this is another sign to look for.
- If the eyes are red, the skin has patches missing or scales are loose, this is a sign of overheating.
- If there are signs of burning spots on its skin (small red blotches), this is an indication that the lizard’s body is trying to preserve water while it’s hot.
- If it has a banded appearance on its skin, this could become permanent if not corrected right away.
- If it has a sunken belly, then this can lead to internal organs being affected.
If you notice any of these signs, you’ll want to take corrective action so that the reptile doesn’t overheat. This involves removing them from the heat source or decreasing the temperature in the enclosure. You can also spot cool it down by using a water mist system (misting will help keep the humidity lower and will help reduce their temperature).
When should bearded dragons be kept out of direct sunlight?
Bearded dragons are reptiles, and because of this, they need a warm and dark environment to live in. If you don’t provide them with this, it can cause serious illness for them. The sun itself can cause them to suffer from burns and injuries if they aren’t protected from it.
You should never allow your bearded dragon to bask in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Veiled and bearded dragons, as well as desert dragons, are particularly vulnerable to the sun because their scales are small, and don’t provide the natural protection that larger dragon species have.
Instead, you should provide your friend with shade, and prevent excessive exposure to the sun. It is also important to keep your dragon’s habitat clean so that it doesn’t collect dust and debris that can lead to other health issues.
How do I protect my bearded dragon from the sun?
You can best keep your pet safe from too much exposure to the sun by providing him with shade. This will allow him to soak up the rays, but not suffer any burns. You can also provide your bearded dragon with a UV-free basking spot where he can be able to bask in sunlight without being harmed.
If you provide shade for your pet, make sure you remove it when he needs it and replace it when it becomes dusty and dirty. This will help keep your friend clean as well as safe, and will also prevent him from spending too much time in direct sunlight.
It’s not just the heat of the sun that can harm your beardie. It can also be harmful if a bearded dragon is exposed to direct sunlight on hot days. If you find your pet suffering from any type of burns, contact your vet right away.
To keep your pet safe from too much exposure to the sun by taking good care of him, simply provide him with shade when needed and help maintain clean and hygienic conditions in his habitat.