Why Is My Bearded Dragon’s Beard Black?
You have a bearded dragon. You love it but your bearded dragon keeps showing you a black beard. Is that normal? Is everything ok? Find out everything you need to know about why your bearded dragon has a black beard and what you can do about it.
There are many reasons why a beardie has a black beard. We are going to tell you the most common reasons.
Bearded Dragon Black Beard Because They Are Scared
Fear is one of the reasons a bearded dragon will have a black beard. If they think they are being attacked they will puff up and display a black beard. They do this to try to scare what they are afraid of away. Most of a bearded dragon’s natural predators attack from above. Because of this, they actually have a third eye on the top of their head that they use to detect predators. If their third eye detects something this could be a reason why they get scared.
Other things can be scary for your bearded dragon.
Such as other pets like dogs and cats getting too close to their tank. Our four-legged friends are usually very curious. It is common to hear dogs and cats sit in front of a bearded dragon tank for hours. Seeing this can be threatening to a bearded dragon. If you believe this is the reason for the black beard you should consider
- Moving the tank to a room that your pet doesn’t go to often.
- Provide a hide that your bearded dragon can go in.
They Display a Black Beard Because They Are Angry
In addition to being scared a bearded dragon can have a black beard when they are angry. There are many reasons a bearded dragon can be angry.
First, by you over handling your bearded dragon you can cause them to be angry with you. They need some alone time like people do.
Second, they could be shedding. Shedding is very itching and sometimes painful. The process can anger your bearded dragon.
Third, they see other bearded dragons. Bearded dragons don’t like being around other bearded dragons unless they are about to mate. If you have another bearded dragon, never put them in the same tank. Also, make sure they can not see each other from their different tanks. Even seeing their own reflections can cause your beardie to get angry. Check out the video below of how a bearded dragon reacts to their reflection. Notice how their beard slowly turns black.
Bearded Dragon Black Beard Because They Are Sick
In addition, to showing a black beard from being angry, a bearded dragon can show a black beard if they are sick. This is the many worry of owners when a bearded dragon has a black beard.
However, if your bearded dragon is sick having a black beard will not be the only symptom they have. Check if other things that would show that your bearded dragon is sick. Sick dragons also are:
- Lack of Appetite
- Mucus around nose and eyes
- Unable to move
- Irregular pooping
- Sunken Eyes
- Not Moving
- Swollen Limbs or Tail
- Wheezing, gasping or coughing
If you only see a black beard and none of the above then your bearded dragon is healthy and it is one of the other reasons. If you notice that your bearded dragon has one of the symptoms above it could be a cause for concern. You will need to do some further investigation to see what could be the reason.
They Are Using A Black Beard to Get Warm
If you didn’t know, black attracts heat in light. Your bearded dragon simply can be trying to warm up faster by having a black beard. This is normal, especially when a bearded dragon is waking up in the morning and trying to warm up fast.
They Are Getting Use To New Environment
Bearded dragons hate change. If you recently got your bearded dragon it would take a few weeks for them to get adjusted to your new home. During this time they would often show a black beard while they are adjusting.
But, what if you have had your bearded dragon for a while and they are constantly showing a black beard all of a sudden. Ask yourself, “Did I change anything recently?”. Did you add or remove something from the tank? Did you move the tank to a new location? I did change anything in the room what the tank is in? These simple changes could be the cause for the black beard.
Therefore, if you believe this is the reason. What you can do is wait it out and see if your bearded dragon adjusts to the new changes. If not, you might want to consider changing the environment back to what it was like before.
They are Looking For A Mate
As well as a new environment, another reason for a black beard is that it is mating season. If a male bearded dragon sees another female bearded dragon they will display a black beard. Along with a black beard, there will be a display of fast head bobbing. Below is a video of a male trying to get the attention of a female.
They Are Giving You A Black Beard To Get Your Attention
Another reason for a black beard is that your bearded dragon wants your attention. Everyone wants some love in their life and bearded dragons are not different. They are trying to show you that they want more snuggle time with you. Since they can’t bark like a dog or purr like a cat they use their black beard to let you know.
They Are Complaining About Husbandry
One of the final reasons a bearded dragon has a black beard is that if their tank setup is not correct. Check the lighting and temperature of your setup. Make sure that everything is within range. Bearded dragons need a very specific setup so you should alway check this often. Check our bearded dragon guide for the correct temperatures and lighting you need.
Bearded dragons have a black beard for many reasons. This is something normal. Hopefully, this article helped you find out why your bearded dragon’s beard is turning black. And now you know what to do about it.