How Long Do Beardies Live Without Food?

In case you didn’t know, bearded dragons are actually going to be one of the most famous pets that people like to have.  In fact, over the past several years, there has been a huge increase in the demand for bearded dragons as pets.  With that being said, most of the people that decide to take a bearded dragon as a pet are not going to know anything about them, which is only going to spell disaster for the bearded dragon.  While these little lizards are going to be very stoic, once they decide to stop eating, it is going to be a huge reason to start worrying about them.  With that being said, you may be wondering exactly how long your bearded dragon is able to go without eating food?

You really must understand that there are several different reasons that your bearded dragon may stop eating, some of those being simple things such as a change in their regular diet, a different temperature in their habitat, or even a new type of equipment in their tank.  But at the same time, there can also be much more serious reasons for your beardie to stop eating, those including illness and health conditions.

Here is everything that you need to know about your bearded dragon and how long they can go without eating food, as well as why you should try to solve this problem as quickly as possible.  


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What is a Bearded Dragon?

The bearded dragon is going to be a special type of lizard (which means that they are a reptile), that has been categorized in the desert lizard category.  They are going to fall into the genus name Pogona, which they are going to share with eight other types of lizards.  These eight different lizards are going to be distinguished by the differences that they all have when it comes to their spines on their necks and chins.

Bearded dragons, for example, are going to get their name as they will have a armor like group of spiny scales that resemble a ‘beard’, right underneath heir chins, as well as having a neck that will puff up whenever they are trying to intimidate another animal, as well as depending upon the mood that they are in.  This is to help them seem much larger than they actually are, ideally intimidating whatever it is that is bothering them or stressing them out.  On top of trying to intimidate you by getting bigger when they are upset, they have also been known to release a ‘hissing’ noise when they are really upset.  

Beardies are able to live up to 10 years old in their properly setup bearded dragon tank, reaching a total length of up to 24 inches long.  As for weight, they can get up to around 18 ounces once fully grown, meaning that they will weight just over one pound.  They will also range in their coloring, that ranging between orange, brown, yellow and cream.  

What is it That Bearded Dragons Eat?

Bearded dragons are considered to be omnivores, which means that they are going to eat both, meat and plants.  As for their typically diet, it is going to consist of insects, vegetables and fruits.  Beardies are able to eat a wide range of insects, fruits and vegetables, as they are equipped with some very strong jaws that are able to crush just about any type of hard-shelled insect, as well as the crunchy vegetables that should be a part of their daily diet.

While your beardie is going to eat insects, just keep in mind that you should never feed them any insects that you find in your home, making sure that you only feed them the insects that you get from the pet feed store.  This is going to ensure that you do not accidently feed them an insect that has been around any pesticides or other types of harmful chemicals, potentially leading your beardie to having some very serious health conditions.  

Why Won’t Your Bearded Dragon Eat?

When it comes to your bearded dragon not eating, there are going to be many different potential possibilities.  While some of them are going to be as simple as a change in their diet or their habitat, there are also going to be other reasons that can be due to a serious health condition or illness.  Here are some of the most common reasons that your bearded dragon has decided to stop eating their food (which you must keep in mind that any time your bearded dragon does stop eating, you are going to want to take them to your veterinarian just to make sure that they are not suffering from an underlying condition that can be considered as more serious).

  • The temperature is wrong in their habitat (either too cold or too warm for them).
  • There has been a change in their environment, that including the tank becoming too dirty, a new item in the tank, a new housing element, or even using a different cleaning product that you have in the past.
  • Any type of dietary changes, those including a change in the brand of food that they are eating, the type of food that they are eating, or even the flavor of the food that they are eating.  This can even include a change in the source of water that you normally give them.
  • An excess amount of stress.  This can include things such as adding or taking asway another living creature from your home, relocating the tank that they live in, or even adding another bearded dragon.
  • If they have fallen ill.  Be sure that you double check them for any signs that may indicate an illness, those including diarrhea, parasites, and fecal impaction, which means that they are not producing as much feces as they once did.

How Long Will They Live Without Eating?

While the answer to this question is going to vary depending upon the individual bearded dragon and the living conditions that they have had during their life, there is no exact answer to this question.  You can probably imagine that a bearded dragon that was taken care and given a proper diet their entire life will live much longer without eating food than a bearded dragon that did not have the same features.  With that being said, you are going to need to look at the individual bearded dragon to get an idea of how long they will live if they do decide to stop eating for whatever reason.

For example, an adult bearded dragon that has overindulged when it comes to food (meaning that they have a little extra weight to lose), is going to last up to 2 months without eating any kind of food at all, be it that this situation is going to be very far from optimal.  At the same time, the younger bearded dragons are actually going to need much more nutrients and vitamins in order to not only maintain themselves, but to grow as well.  What this means, is that you can expect the younger bearded dragons to not last as long without eating, as they are still developing and will require much more nutrition and calories than that of an older beardie.  

At the very same time, however, if your bearded dragon is going through brumation, they will be able to go weeks or even months without having to eat.  It all just depends upon your individual bearded dragon and what stage of life they are in.

What is Brumation?

Brumation is essentially going to be hibernation for lizards.  You already know how bears hibernate through the winter season, well lizards are going to do something very similar.  When the temperature drops in your beardies habitat, they are essentially going to go into their own unique type of hibernation, this being more commonly known as brumation.

While brumation is not going to be like a regular ‘hibernation’, your beardie will wake up to get a drink of water, but right after they have had their fill, they are going to go right back into their sleep.  If your bearded dragon is going through their brumation, they can actually go weeks, and even months, without having to eat any food.  By them simply waking up to drink a little bit of water, they will be keeping their body functioning for the entire time they are sleeping.  

When it comes to your bearded dragon, there are going to be many different reasons that they may stop eating their food.  The best thing that you can do if this does happen, is to contact your local veterinarian in order to get a professional diagnosis, as well as a plan moving forward.  Just keep in mind that there are many simple reasons that your beardie may choose to stop eating.  That is why you should make sure to double check all of the reasons that have been mentioned above if you do notice that your beardie has decided to stop eating.


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