Do Bearder Dragons Go Through Puberty? Timeline Explained Simply

Bearded dragons are a popular pet reptile known for their friendly and docile nature. As they grow, it’s important for owners to understand when their pet will go through puberty. This period of development can bring about a number of changes in their behavior, appearance, and care needs.

I know some of you are already wondering if beardies even go through puberty, so let’s answer this right away;

Bearded dragons go through puberty, typically between 6-12 months of age. Owners may notice changes in behavior and physical appearance during this time. Proper care is important during this stage of development.

It is important for owners to understand and be prepared for these changes in order to provide the best care for their pet during this time.

In this article, we will take a closer look at when bearded dragons go through puberty, what changes to expect, and how to best care for them during this time.

The Timeline of Bearder Dragons Growth

bearded dragon in hand to show when do bearded dragons go through puberty

Here is a quick timeline of Bearded dragons’ growth and what to expect during each stage:

  • Birth to 1 month: Hatchling bearded dragons are typically around 4-6 inches in length. They will grow rapidly during this time and will need a diet of mostly protein, such as insects and small amounts of vegetables.
  • 1 to 3 months: Juvenile bearded dragons will continue to grow quickly, reaching around 8-10 inches in length. They will start developing their adult coloration by this time, and they will also need a varied diet, including more vegetables and fruits.
  • 3 to 6 months: Juvenile bearded dragons will continue to grow, although not as quickly as the previous stage, reaching around 12-14 inches in length. They will start to develop their adult characteristics, such as beards and spurs, and may start to show signs of territorial behavior.
  • 6 to 12 months: Bearded dragons will reach their adult size, typically around 18-24 inches in length. They will have fully developed adult characteristics and will be approaching or entering puberty. They will require a diet high in calcium and will need to be fed less frequently than when they were younger.
  • 12 months and above: Adult bearded dragons will continue to grow but at a slower rate. They will be fully mature and will require a diet high in calcium and UVB light to maintain their health.

How Bearded Dragons change through puberty

Like humans, bearded dragons undergo quite a change throughout and after puberty. These changes are physical and behavioral, and some are easier to notice than others.

Here is what to expect;

Physical Changes:

During puberty, bearded dragons will experience a few physical changes, including:

  1. Size: Bearded dragons will reach their adult size, typically around 18-24 inches in length, the exact size depends on many factors, of course, including species, diet, and overall health.
  2. Color: Juvenile bearded dragons will start to develop their adult coloration, and may change color as they mature.
  3. Beards and Spurs: Your Beardie will start to become a beardie at this stage. Bearded dragons will start developing adult characteristics, such as beards and spurs. Beards are the dark patch of skin under their chin that they can puff out when threatened or excited. Spurs are small, pointed projections on the thighs of males.
  4. Tail: Juvenile bearded dragons will develop the spade-like shape of the tail’s tip, which is more pronounced in males.
  5. Reproductive organs: Male bearded dragons will develop larger hemipenal bulges, which are the two protrusions on the base of the tail, and females will start to develop a larger cloaca, which is the opening at the base of the tail.

Now, let’s talk about the behavioral changes;

Behavioral Changes:

During puberty, bearded dragons may experience a variety of behavioral changes. These can include:

  1. Increased aggression: As they reach sexual maturity, bearded dragons may become more territorial and may display aggressive behavior towards other dragons or animals.
  2. Changes in social behavior: Some bearded dragons may become more independent and less social during puberty, while others may become more social and seek out the company of other dragons.
  3. Hormonal changes: As they go through puberty, bearded dragons may experience hormonal changes that can affect their behavior. For example, they may become more active or less active, or they may become more or less interested in eating.
  4. Change in disposition: Some bearded dragons may become more docile and less interested in moving around, while others may become more active and more interested in exploring their surroundings.

It is important to note that your bearded dragon may not experience all of these changes or experience them differently.

Additionally, it is important to understand that the specific behavior may also depend on the individual personality of the dragon, the environment they are in, and how they were raised.

How to Care for Bearded Dragons Through Puberty

Caring for bearded dragons during puberty requires a few extra considerations to meet their physical and behavioral needs.

Here are some tips for caring for bearded dragons during this stage of development:

Proper diet and nutrition:

Bearded dragons have specific dietary needs, and their nutritional needs may change during puberty. It is important to provide a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, and protein sources.

Consult with a veterinarian or a reptile specialist to ensure your bearded dragon is getting the right nutrition.

Lighting and heating requirements

Bearded dragons need specific temperatures and lighting to stay healthy and grow properly. During puberty, their needs may change. It’s essential to provide a basking spot with a heat lamp and a UVB lamp to provide heat and UV light.

Make sure to monitor the temperature and adjust as needed to keep the enclosure within the ideal range.

Enclosure size and setup

As bearded dragons grow, they will need more space. During puberty, they may require a larger enclosure to accommodate their size and activity level.

Ensure their enclosure is big enough to allow for climbing, basking, and hiding spots.

Also, provide a suitable substrate for them to dig and burrow.

Provide proper environment

Bearded dragons are active animals, and during puberty, they may require more space and opportunity for exercise. Consider providing a larger enclosure or adding climbing structures or other enrichment items to keep them active and engaged.

Monitor their behavior

During puberty, bearded dragons may exhibit changes in behavior. It’s important to keep an eye on them and address any concerns or issues that arise. Consult with a veterinarian or reptile specialist if you have any concerns about their health or behavior.

Seek veterinary care

Bearded dragons should be seen by a veterinarian who is experienced in reptile medicine at least once a year, and more frequently if they have any health issues. Regular check-ups are important to catch any potential health issues early.

It is important to understand that each bearded dragon is unique and may have different needs. It is important for every beardie’s owner to research and understand their specific needs and how to meet them and to consult with a veterinarian or reptile specialist if you have any questions or concerns.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, bearded dragons go through a puberty stage that is characterized by physical and behavioral changes anytime from 8 to 18 months of age. As owners, it is important to understand these changes in order to provide proper care for our bearded dragons during this stage of development.

Proper diet, lighting, heating, and enclosure size are essential for their growth and overall health. Additionally, monitoring their behavior and seeking professional help if needed is important to ensure that our bearded dragons are happy and healthy.

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