• large patches of pale or white scales
  • itching
  • lack of appetite
  • grumpy attitude


Shedding is a miserable experience for most bearded dragons. After all, how would you like to be intensely itchy all the time? This is nothing to be concerned about, however, as it’s normal — as long as it doesn’t last for a long time.

You can help your beardie shed by soaking him or her daily in warm water until the skin comes off. The humidity is what does the trick. Gentle scrubbing with a soft-bristled toothbrush can help loosen the scales. You can pull off loose patches, but if you meet any resistance, stop and let your dragon get rid of the old skin him or herself. Proceeding can actually remove scales that aren’t ready to come off, and this is painful for your dragon.

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