Bearded dragons have one of the most docile demeanors of just about any lizard that people may keep as pets. It is this behavior that makes them so attractive to would-be pet owners.
Although, bearded dragons have a great attitude, it can take some time and patience when attempting to tame one.
In some rare cases, bearded dragons can cop a nasty disposition. This is usually occurs when a bearded dragon has not been handled very much, or after being mistreated and abused. Learn how to tame a bearded dragon so you can develop a better relationship with your pet.
Taming a Baby Bearded Dragon
The best thing you can do to tame a baby bearded dragon is to begin interacting with it soon after you bring it home.
You don’t want to start handling it right off the bat, because it needs to have a little time to adjust to the new surroundings.
Wait about two or three weeks after you bring the baby bearded dragon home before you start the interactions. Start off by lightly petting the baby on the top of its head and down the back.
Slowly move your hand into the enclosure and watch how it reacts. If the baby bearded dragon jumps, retreats, or cowers down, you may need to give it a little more time. These reactions are generally a sign of fear. It’s ok, it will get accustom to you, if you continue a little each day.
Once the baby is comfortable with your petting, you can begin to pick it up and handle it. Slowly place your hand around it’s mid-section and lightly grasping the baby bearded dragon. Once you have a firm, yet gentle grasp on the bearded dragon, begin lifting it slowly from the habitat.
It is important to keep a fairly consistent routine when taming your baby bearded dragon. A little interaction each day will go a long way towards building a great long-term relationship.
If you interact with your baby bearded dragon frequently, then stop for several months, you may find that you will need to start all over at the first step again. The key is be somewhat consistent.
Taming an Adult Bearded Dragon
If you acquire a bearded dragon that is already at the adult stage taming can be a bit more tricky. The ease of taming the adult will greatly depend on how it was treated before you got it.
Adult bearded dragons that were never handled previously, or mistreated may be resistant to any petting or handling at first.
Again, it will take some determination and patience on your part.
Once the adult bearded dragon has acclimated to the new surroundings, slowly lower your hand into the habitat. Keep a close eye on how it reacts. If it puffs its beard and hisses, then it feels threatened.
Try slowly rubbing its back and the tail very gently. Again, observe how it reacts. You may need some quick reflexes if it attempts to snap or bite at you.
Continue this petting a little every day. Within a month, or so, the adult should begin getting comfortable with you, and you can pick it up from the habitat.
Pet the bearded dragon lightly on the head, then move your hand gently around its mid-section. The first time you pick it up, it may give you a funny look. It’s OK, the adult is just wondering what you are up to.
Gently begin lifting him out of the enclosure with one hand, and gently stroking his head and back with the other hand. If the bearded dragon is fully grown, you may need to use both hands to hold him. You definitely do not want to drop it!
What To Remember
The best thing to remember is to be steady and consistent when taming a bearded dragon. It’s the steady interaction that will help your bearded dragon to gain your trust. Like any relationship, it takes time, patience, and a little work. The relationship you build with your bearded dragon is no different.