The Bearded Dragon is one of the most unique-looking and interesting lizards around. They have a very long tail, they have large, unique earholes, and this is something they do that is very unique. Bearded Dragons can jump really far. One of their favorite ways to get high up into trees is by jumping from the ground into the tree. They have beautiful patterns on their scales, and because of their bigger size, they can jump up to two feet in the air!
How far can bearded dragons jump? It can vary from 8 to 10 inches, but it can even jump up to 18 to 20 inches afoot in certain situations. The height at which your beardie can leap is determined by their age, gender, health, and nutrition. The Bearded Dragon’s ability to jump has implications for their habitat construction and safety.
They can jump 20, 40, or even 60 cm (8, 10, or 16 inches) from their normal perch. The most commonly heard stories about Bearded Dragons jumping have them leaping up to a meter (3 feet), landing on top of a small bush, and then toppling over. Of course, these are all exaggerations! But the Bearded Dragon’s ability to jump has led to several articles in the media, suggesting that the Bearded Dragon is as high-strung as some primates.
Is this accurate?
About half of all reptiles can jump. Bearded Dragons fall into the category of “leaping” instead of “jumping.” Although they are not as quick and agile as a frog or even a tree lizard, they possess strong hind legs which enable them to make mid-air movements. The adult Bearded Dragon is capable of jumping 5 ft or about 1.5 m!
Bearded Dragons can propel themselves upwards over and over again, sometimes 9 to 12 times before landing.
Do bearded dragons get hurt when they fall?
A bearded dragon would not get hurt when they fall. Bearded dragons have evolved a unique way to reduce the effects of falls to nearly nothing. The skin on the underside of their bodies is wide and exceptionally elastic, which stretches out as they land and then quickly snaps back into place.
They can even be dropped from heights than most other lizards would die from without any major injury, all thanks to their rough scales that act as little shock-absorbency pads for when they hit the ground.
They also have very good eyesight, which can detect objects as far away as 3 meters. This helps them avoid obstacles when climbing up high.
Unfortunately, this is only a defense against harsh falls from large distances. Sharp drop ages or heavy impacts on the scales will still cause significant damage to their bodies, regardless of how fast they recover. In fact, being dropped from heights as low as 1 meter would probably kill them if it landed on a part of their body that is fragile such as the head bone.
How far can a bearded dragon fall without getting hurt?
There is no fixed distance that a bearded dragon can endure falling from, Bearded dragons can fall from heights of up to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) without getting hurt. Although any fall of 1 foot or more should be considered dangerous. Other factors such as the dragon’s weight, and location of it’s head can also affect the outcome.
Some bearded dragons are predisposed to Metabolic Bone Disease, which may make even minor fractures hazardous. This illness is caused by a deficiency in calcium and vitamin D. If your bearded dragon is infected with this illness, any fall or injury must be taken extremely carefully.
Muscle twitching, abnormalities of the jaw, spine, limbs, or tail, enlarged legs, and brittle bones are all signs of Metabolic Bone Disease. This condition is prevalent in bearded dragons, therefore if you believe your beardie has it, please visit a veterinarian.
If your bearded dragon has a chance of being predisposed to this illness, it is important to be extremely careful of falls and other injuries because small fractures are more likely to cause it. It is also important to be cautious or limiting the amount of time your beardie spends on his own because the illness can worsen without any medical intervention.
It is also very important that you offer your bearded dragon foods that are high in calcium and vitamin D. You can feed him fresh kale, spinach, or other greens.
What happens if your bearded dragon falls?
When your bearded dragon falls, you will probably panic. It’s natural to do so, but don’t be scared! Most often, a bearded dragon falls from his habitat because he feels threatened and lashes out at his surroundings. This is most likely to happen if you have more than one beardie in the same enclosure or if the lizard is very aggressive towards other species (such as a green iguana or another bearded dragon) that are housed nearby.
However, your beardie can get injured when they fall. Bearded dragon fall injuries can cause a variety of symptoms, most of which are caused by internal bleeding or bone fractures. Aside from seeing a fall, the owner will notice lethargy, bleeding from the mouth or cloaca, a suddenly enlarged abdomen and/or leg, problems breathing, limping, or the inability to use one or more limbs. Bearded dragon fall injuries can lead to anorexia and possibly death in the long run.
Even a brief fall can break bones or injure internal organs if it lands incorrectly. If your bearded dragon falls, keep a watch on how they are walking and breathing, and if they have a black beard and/or tail all the time, this might be an indication of damage; send them to the vet for an x-ray.
Because bearded dragons like climbing, fall injuries can be reduced by reducing the height of cage furnishings. Owners must also use caution while handling these lizards. When handled, bearded dragons are known to be unpredictable and will rush in a certain direction. A self-made body harness can also be used to keep adult dragons from falling. Specifically, from its handler’s head or shoulder posture.
Jumping may or may not be a perfectly typical action for your bearded dragon; each bearded dragon is unique, with its own personality and interests. If you are concerned about your bearded dragon’s safety while in their tank and do not already have a lid or cover for the tank, I would recommend getting one to guarantee your bearded dragon does not have the means to escape and perhaps harm or lose themselves.
Your leaping bearded dragon’s safety and security should be a primary priority, and there are numerous ways to achieve this. Whether they are leaping up or jumping down, they can harm themselves, therefore it is up to you to pay constant watch and create a safe and secure cage to reduce this danger.
If you have any queries or worries regarding your bearded dragon’s well-being and safety, or if they have suffered from a fall or leaping event, call your local vet.