Why is My Bearded Dragon’s Mouth Slightly Open?
Having a pet beard dragon is both a privilege and a great responsibility, and it’s important to familiarize yourself with the behavior and idiosyncrasies of these exotic creatures. One thing you might observe is that, despite the dragon’s generally calm demeanor, their mouths may be slightly open most of the time.
Common Reasons for This Behavior
It’s generally quite normal for your dragon’s mouth may to remain slightly open. Here are a few common reasons why:
- Temperature: If the environment of your dragon’s enclosure is too hot or too cold they may keep their mouth slightly open as a way of regulating their internal temperature.
- Stress: Similar to other reptiles, bearded dragons may exhibit signs of stress which can include opening and closing their mouths.
- Smelling: Bearded dragons are keenly aware of smells in their environment and sometimes open their mouths as a way to better detect them.
- Thirst: With their sensitive forked tongues, your dragon may be trying to smell for water, thus keeping their mouths open.
- Aggression: Bearded dragons are sometimes territorial, and may make themselves look bigger by opening their mouths in a threatening manner.
What to do if Your Bearded Dragon’s Mouth is Open
It’s important to be aware of the common reasons for your bearded dragon’s opened mouths, but if it persists it’s best to reach out to a qualified reptile vet. Here are a few tips to practice before a vet visit:
- Check the temperature of your dragon’s enclosure and the humidity levels if applicable.
- Make sure they have a diverse and nutritional diet.
- Watch for signs of illness or infection such as coughing, sneezing, swollen eyes, or bubbling from their nose.
- If the dragon is housed with other animals make sure that there is not excessive fighting or aggression.
While some reasons for your dragon’s slightly open mouth are completely normal, it’s always best to stay on the safe side and contact a qualified reptile vet if you feel uneasy or it doesn’t change. Taking proper care of your dragon is an important part of being a responsible pet owner, and that includes being aware of the unique behaviors of these exotic animals.