Bearded Dragon Hiding

It takes some time to learn how to interpret all of the strange behaviors that bearded dragons exhibit so that you can determine whether they are in need of something, bothered by something, or just acting strangely. Why is my bearded dragon hiding? is a frequent query from pet owners.

Bearded dragons conceal themselves in their habitats for a variety of reasons. While some can be immediately and easily identified and resolved, others may take longer.

But don’t panic, since this article will show you what’s making your bearded dragon hide and give you some advice on how to get them to come out into the open.

Your bearded dragon may occasionally hide for days on end when you first bring it home, which can be stressful. Fortunately, this is a simple problem to solve; all you need to do is wait until they feel at ease in their new residence.

Your bearded dragon could, however, occasionally hide if they are frightened or anxious about something in or near their habitat. In this situation, figuring out what is troubling them so much might be difficult.

Continue reading to understand your bearded dragon’s peculiar habits.

Is It Normal For Bearded Dragons to Hide All Day?

Behind the UVB and basking bulb, a suitable hiding area is actually one of the most crucial components of the bearded dragon tank setup.

Bearded dragons require at least one hiding spot in their tank for a variety of functions, including as cooling off and fleeing tense circumstances.

As the owner, you’ll probably catch your beardie relaxing at different times of the day in their hide. For beardies, this is completely natural behavior.

It can raise red flags and make you suspect there’s an issue if you see your bearded dragon spending more time in its hide than normal or perhaps the whole day.

So, do bearded dragons often spend the day hiding? Bearded dragons don’t often stay hidden all day, so this may be a warning sign. It is entirely natural for them to conceal more often when shedding and brumating, thus it is normally necessary to use a process of elimination to determine the cause of the increased hiding.

The 11 Reasons Your Bearded Dragon Is Hiding: (A Closer Look)

When your bearded dragon hides more frequently than normal, it can be unsettling and frequently difficult to determine the reason for this behavior.

We will examine each of the 11 potential reasons your bearded dragon may be concealing more, as well as the logic behind each one.

Your bearded dragon is still new

Your bearded dragon will be anxious and afraid when you first bring it home. You must allow your bearded dragon enough time to adjust to and become accustomed to its new environment. Your bearded dragon will spend much of its time in hiding and consume very little food.

Please wait as least 7 to 10 days before handling your bearded dragon. Additionally, provide hides in the tank so your bearded dragon has a place to hide anytime it wants.

You can use cloths to cover the tank’s sides if your bearded dragon is acting very frightened. After a week, start progressively removing the clothes one at a time.

Additionally, young bearded dragons tend to conceal a lot. In fact, when under pressure or feeling frightened, infant bearded dragons are significantly more inclined to conceal than adults.

Your Bearded Dragon Is Too Hot or Cold

Reptiles that ectotherm are bearded dragons. This implies that they are dependent on outside heat sources to regulate their own body temperatures, which in turn regulate their metabolism. To maintain the proper body temperature at all times, they require a heated side of the enclosure and a chilly side to alternate between.

The temperature in your bearded dragon’s habitat might not be right. If this is the case, your bearded dragon does not have a habitat that allows them to easily transition from a hot environment to a chilly one. Instead, they may be hiding in a location that offers them the best temperature.

Your bearded dragon’s habitat should ideally have a basking place that is 90°F and a temperature range of 75°F on the chilly end to 85°F on the warm end. When all the lights are out at night, the enclosure shouldn’t ever be colder than 70°F.

On the other hand, if your bearded dragon is too chilly, they will likely be hiding on the side of their cage that should be warmer, whether it be in one of their hides, behind some vegetation, or behind their basking platform.

What Might You Do to Correct This?

Make that the heating components are operating properly three times. These may be a ceramic heat emitter, an under-tank heating pad, or a basking lamp. You may link them to a thermostat to control them if you are concerned that they are not heating up or staying at the right temperature.

Digital thermometers should be placed on the cool and warm ends of the tank to measure the enclosure’s temperature in order to check that the proper temperature gradient is being preserved.

To Feel Safe

Dragons with beards go through brumation. This is their normal cycle throughout the winter or fall, when they hibernate in the wild. So, in their natural habitat, bearded dragons would enter brumation during the cooler temperatures and days with less light.

Of course, they also engage in same behavior while kept in captivity. They could be hiding there for this reason, which is why you can’t see them. They act in this way to feel protected from other raptors.

There is therefore no need to be concerned, and you could observe that they awaken to drink water before retiring to their hiding place to sleep.

Additionally, there can be objects in the space that spook your bearded dragon. Although they should become used to you as their owner, other animals or bright lights could alarm them. They can find refuge in a hide and feel secure there.

Your bearded dragon is hiding from bright/strong light

Your bearded dragon will hide if the tank lighting is too bright. Bearded dragons often require bright light to be encouraged to feed and maintain activity. But if the lighting is too intense, your bearded dragon will grow anxious and hide.

Squinting might be a sign that the lights are too bright for your bearded dragon. This is especially true if you remove it from the aquarium and it immediately opens its eyes properly.

Make careful to utilize strong white light during the day. Some bright light, such as “soft white” bulbs, might be excessively bright. Avoid using too bright lighting or anything that might reflect in your dragon’s tank. Pick halogen floodlights or other bright white lighting; avoid “soft white” or colored lamps.

You must avoid using any colored bulbs, including red, blue, and even black ones, especially at night. This is because your dragon’s sleep cycle will be disturbed and bearded dragons may sense color. Your dragon won’t be able to get a good night’s sleep eventually unless it hides somewhere, and the next day is sure to be exhausting.

Strong UVB light can also injure your dragon’s eyes and cause it to hide. Use of coiled bulbs is not recommended as they unevenly disperse UVB and cause eye damage to your dragon. Additionally, even though UVB tube lights are the finest, they cannot be used in smaller tanks (smaller than 25 gallons).

Lights should always be positioned 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) above the ground to avoid hurting your dragon’s sight and making it hide more.

If UVB light is suspected to be the issue, you can turn it off for a few of days to see if anything changes. Position your HO (high output 10.0-12.0 UVB tube) around 12 to 13 inches (30.5 to 33 cm) from your dragon.

Hiding From Other Bearded Dragons

Since they like to be alone, bearded dragons don’t particularly enjoy the company of other bearded dragons.

If you keep two or more bearded dragons together, territorial disputes may easily arise.

The other beardie will exhibit subordinate behaviors like arm waving, sluggish head bobbing, and persistent concealment as one of the beardies grows more dominant.

We never advise keeping bearded dragons in the same tank because of this.

You may read our most recent article, which has all the information you need, to learn more about why bearded dragons shouldn’t be kept together.

Even if the bearded dragons are housed in different tanks but in the same rooms, these issues may still exist (if they can see each other)

If your bearded dragon is still hiding continuously, you might need to house them in separate rooms completely. Sometimes having beardies in the same room but in separate tanks is good, but other times the difficulties might remain.

Your Bearded Dragon Needs Some Dark Time

As diurnal reptiles, bearded dragons spend the day active and the night sleeping. They require a sizable change in light levels between day and night in order to feel at ease and have a good night’s sleep.

A photocycle with 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness is ideal for your bearded dragon. To make sure they can digest the vitamin D in their meals, they should have access to either natural sunshine or light from a UV lamp throughout the light phase of their photocycle.

They should have absolutely no lights on in their cage during the dark phase of their photocycle, and no other lights should be on in the space. The photocycle must occur regularly, consistently, and not at random.

Your beardie will start to hide away at odd hours in the darkness of their hides or beneath the decorations in the enclosure if their enclosure does not have total darkness for at least 12 hours a day.

What Might You Do to Correct This?
Make sure all lights are turned off at night to prevent your bearded dragon from hiding during the day. At night, they shouldn’t have any lights on, not even warming lamps. Make sure that no light from the adjacent room enters their cage as well.

Install a non-light heat source, such as an under-tank heat pad or a ceramic heat emitter, if the enclosure temperature drops too much at night (below 70°F).

Consider adding a timing device to regulate the lights if you can’t be there every day at the same time to switch them on and off so that their photocycle is regular and planned.

Your bearded dragon is stressed

Bearded dragons may hide when they’re not feeling well, as you’ll discover. Particularly when under stress, your reptile may seek refuge in a hiding place. They will also escape into their own secret sanctuary if they are ill.

It is advised to visit your veterinarian if you believe this is the cause of how your pet is acting and how frequently it hides. Long-term hiding might have a negative impact on their health, which is the last thing you want. They might not receive the UVB light they require to keep healthy.

Your bearded dragon is starting brumation

When the temperature or the length of the day changes, many bearded dragons begin brumating. Even though most owners maintain regular temperatures and light cycles, you should cut back on the amount of daylight by one to two hours throughout the winter.

Bearded dragons are extremely perceptive and can detect even minute changes. They’ll begin brumating as a result of this. Brumation can begin in the middle or late of the fall and typically lasts a few weeks to a few months. While brumation is occurring, your bearded dragon will usually be lying down, concealing, and sleeping.

You only need to provide your bearded dragon with some food, if any, and water right now; you don’t need to feed it properly. Take your bearded dragon out for a wash and to clean its tank once a week as well.

Brumation is characterized by excessive sleeping, concealing, and lying still while keeping the eyes open. Bearded dragons begin brumating between the ages of 12 and 18 months.

Injury

If you are still unable to determine the cause of your beardie’s constant concealment, an injury may be to blame.

For example, a bearded dragon with a wounded limb or tail will frequently go to concealment and take extended periods of recuperation.

It’s always worthwhile to study your beardie attentively for a bit to see if you notice anything since occasionally the way your beardie walks might disclose imperceptible signs of injuries that were previously missed.

Take your bearded dragon to the vet as soon as possible if you suspect an injury and get the problem resolved.

Your Bearded Dragon Does Not Like the Decor

A new toy, a new basking platform, some fresh greenery, a bed, or even a new, different sort of substrate could have been introduced to your bearded dragon’s enclosure.

Your bearded dragon may respond favorably or unfavorably to any form of abrupt change to their environment. If they adore the new product, fantastic! But if it disturbs them, they can take refuge in one of their hides or a corner of their enclosure to avoid it.

Even though it is the same sort of substrate you have been using, such as coconut coir, a new substrate may have a different fragrance. If it comes from a different vendor, it could smell differently and make your bearded dragon uneasy.

Your bearded dragon could be shocked and fearful of the change if you’ve introduced a toy, new bed, or climbing structure that has a bright color on it, such red or yellow.

What Might You Do to Correct This?
Even if you only reorganized things after cleaning, if you see the concealing behavior soon after making a change to their enclosure, return things back to how they were or take away the new item.

Keep a close eye on your bearded dragon to see if their behavior changes—whether they stop hiding or resume their usual routine. You’ll be able to determine if the change in their enclosure’s decor was what prompted the hiding behavior at that point.

If they remain hidden after you have modified or removed the décor, keep an eye out for another reason they could be hiding that just happened to coincide with the new enclosure addition.

Your bearded dragon is going through changes or is not in the mood

Bearded dragons can occasionally become a little shy or less friendly. Similar to how humans go through different periods of life, this is natural. For instance, bearded dragons going through adolescence at roughly 8 to 14 months of age would exhibit mood swings and a greater tendency to conceal.

Even in general, bearded dragons can have mood swings and occasionally wish to unwind and hide. There is no need for concern unless your bearded dragon has been hidden for a few days or longer.

Your bearded dragon could occasionally get drowsy without being brumated. It’s best to let your dragon go through this period and leave it alone at this time.