Bearded dragons close their eyes when they are petted because they feel discomfort.
They clearly want to tell the owner to stop doing that, because it scares them or they just want to be left alone at the moment.
How can I tell if my bearded dragon is dying?
Signs of Brumation in Bearded Dragons
- Loss of appetite.
- Going to the bathroom less (#2)
- An atypical aversion to being handled.
- Refusing to bask.
- Sleeping on the cool side of their vivarium, even in the day.
- Burying themselves.
- Difficulty being woken up.
Do bearded dragons show affection?
Since bearded dragons live alone in most habitats, none of their behaviors are reciprocated from others. This can be seen mostly in how they show affection. As I said before, Chichi gets extremely relaxed and closes her eyes, but that may not be the same way other beardies show affection.
What does it mean when a bearded dragon has its mouth open?
Bearded Dragon Mouth Open (Gaping)
Unlike people, bearded dragons cannot sweat, therefore to control their body temperature they will open their mouth whenever they reach their ideal body temperature and don’t want to get any hotter. Normally the bearded dragons will do this when they are basking under the heat lamp.
How often should I handle my bearded dragon?
You can hold a bearded dragon for as long as it will tolerate being held. Start with 15 minutes once a day and as it gets used to being handled, you can hold it longer. Some dragons enjoy being held several times a day for several hours. When the beardie becomes restless, it is time to put him back.