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What are the characteristics of a pregnant bearded dragon?

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The first characteristic sign that suggests a bearded dragon is pregnant is an increase in appetite. About two to three weeks later, the developing eggs become visible in the female’s belly. Roughly marble-sized, these eggs grow slightly over the course of the pregnancy. The final sign occurs when the female begins scratching or digging in the substrate, which occurs in the final week.

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Once the female begins digging to find a suitable place to deposit her eggs, it is crucial to provide her with a place to do so. Provide her with a small plastic container, half-filled with slightly damp vermiculite or potting soil. When it is time to deposit the eggs, the female digs a hole, deposits the eggs and then covers the hole with soil. Most keepers dig the eggs up and incubate them in an artificial egg chamber.

Be sure to feed a gravid female well to help reduce the chances that she becomes egg bound. Additionally, it is important to use a calcium supplement while her body is producing calcium-rich eggshells. If a bearded dragon appears unable to deposit all of her eggs, she must be taken to a veterinarian immediately to prevent complications.

The term “gravid” is often used to describe a bearded dragon that contains developing eggs, rather than "pregnant."

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