When a bearded dragon's beard turns to a darker shade or black, it is typically as a sign of aggression. It is likely to be accompanied by a fluffing out of the beard in order to appear larger and more menacing.Continue Reading
Aggressive behaviors like this are not common among bearded dragons, but may be a warning of attack.
Other signs of aggression include hissing, biting and head bobbing. That said, head bobbing is also used as a means of communication between bearded dragons.
Handling a bearded dragon during times of aggression, ideally while wearing protective gloves, may help to strengthen a bond with it. In any case, not doing so is unlikely to lower its aggression.Learn more about Lizards
To care for a bearded dragon, house the lizard in a tank of 40 gallons or more, and maintain a basking temperature between 100 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit and an ambient temperature between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Feed your pet a balanced omnivorous diet that is sufficient in calcium.Full Answer >
Bearded dragons show sickness through deformities, stunted growth, seizures, loss of coloration, paralysis, labored breathing, mucus discharge, diarrhea, lack of appetite and weight loss. Some of these symptoms indicate genetic deficiencies that cannot be helped, but other conditions can be amended by making adjustments to the bearded dragon's environment or diet.Full Answer >
Predators of the bearded dragon include the gull billed tern, goannas, black headed pythons, dingos, birds of prey, cats and foxes. Bearded dragons occasionally eat other bearded dragons. Bearded dragons are also plagued by various parasites.Full Answer >
Silkback bearded dragons are a type of bearded dragon that has been bred to not have the spiky scales of other breeds, resulting in a smooth skin with small, circular scales. Silkbacks result from breeding leatherback bearded dragons, with about 25 percent of leatherback offspring being silkbacks.Full Answer >