We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Do I Recognize Brumation in Bearded Dragons?

By Jerry Morrison
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Brumation in bearded dragons can vary considerably among individuals. An otherwise healthy bearded dragon, over one year old, will usually display common behaviors indicating the approach of its dormant period. An individual will become increasingly lethargic and spend more time sleeping. The bearded dragon will usually cease basking in warm areas, and retreat to cooler areas of its habitat. Feeding will slow, or even halt, but without a significant loss in weight.

This behavior is often mistaken for illness instead of brumation in bearded dragons. If an individual is less than a year old, the behavior may be suspect as bearded dragons do not normally begin brumation until later in life. Lethargy and loss of appetite accompanied by a noticeable weight loss can be symptoms of an illness. If bowel movements change consistency or have an unpleasant odor, a parasite infection might be to blame. A trip to the vet for a fecal exam might be in order.

Not all bearded dragons brumate, though the large majority of them do. There is considerable variety in behavior among individuals in the brumation of bearded dragons, both in the period proceeding it and during the dormant period itself. In the wild, brumation is a response to changing environmental conditions. A domesticated bearded dragon may become dormant even though it is kept in constant conditions year-round. Multiple dragons housed in the same habitat, under the same conditions, are likely to have individually unique timing in brumation.

Owners sometimes try to facilitate brumation in bearded dragons. When a dragon's behavior indicates that a dormant period is approaching, the owner may gradually lessen its exposure to light and reduce the temperature of the habitat. The pet is bathed, both to assure proper hydration and encourage a pre-dormancy bowel movement. Entering into brumation on a full stomach leads to infection. The general consensus, however, seems to be that the bearded dragon is best left to itself for the process.

Concern is sometimes expressed among owners about the duration of brumation in bearded dragons and how to recognize any complications. A dragon might enter a deep sleep and not stir for a period of weeks if not months. Another might take naps ranging from hours to days during the dormant period and otherwise be awake though less alert than usual. Some dragons will not enter a deep sleep but will refuse food for long periods. As long as it is well hydrated and free of parasites, the bearded dragon will pass through this phase healthy and with ease.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.