If you ever wondered if I can Take My Bearded Dragon Outside?
What temperature and outside cage conditions in public we need to consider?
If you have considered bearded dragon to go outside in the sun or on a walk with you, then you are right place as we will guide what things to keep in mind doing so.
Bearded dragons can be taken out once in a while like any other regular pet.
Things to consider when taking Bearded Dragon Outside
You can take the dragon out but some rules are to be followed, as bearded dragon is somehow different than the usual pets. Here we will be discussing the do’s and don’ts of taking the dragon out for a walk.
You should not take the bearded dragon out when the weather is windy or cold. As these are the creatures of desert, they are not much capable of handling cold weather.
It should be kept within the enclosure and the heat emitter should be on. On the warm days you can take it out so the weather does not harm it and it enjoys the heat of sun.
Taking a harness with the bearded dragon is a must. If you do not have it, then get one before you plan to go outside with the bearded dragon.
Within the enclosure the bearded dragon may seem a calm reptile, but do not be overconfident and take it out without the harness. When left on the open ground, they can run really fast.
Also it can get frightened when it meets something unusual like some other animal, and out of fear it can run and hide in any corner, which will be a problem for you.
If you find the dragon is not large enough to be held within the harness, then wait for it to grow up little bit more.
- You must be standing close to it or hold it so it does not get any chance to escape. Do not stand near it as that may give them the idea that you are a predator. Rather let it walk on your shoulder or sit on your chest so it can see your face.
- You can also keep talking to it to give them company. It will feel them safe and enjoy the outside journey in a much better way.
Talking to the dragon also make it aware of your presence as when outside, various different kinds of sound can distract it. At home it is only accustomed with your voice, so let it recognize your voice among the entire hustle bustle to stay calm.
Also give it some time to roam on its own. As you will be sitting on the ground, let it roam around you and explore the place.
Do not try to hold it close to you as that may make it irritated. Carry some treat with you and give it to the pet when you see it getting agitated or terrified, give it some. It will comfort the bearded dragon and restore the peace.
Do not stay longer than 10 to 15 minutes outside when you are going for the first time. It will take time to get adjusted with the outside climate. It will be restless if you keep it outside for longer. Once it is adjusted with the outer world, it will demand for more such outings.
Dangers When Taking Your Bearded Dragon Outside?
Exercise is a prior reason for taking the bearded dragon outside. As these are naturally wide reptiles, they stay much more active when they are in the natural habitat.
But as we keep them inside the terrarium, it gets fewer chances to be active. When they are in open ground they tend to cover much more ground.
The outdoor sessions also offer mental stimulation to the bearded dragons. When they are within the cage, there is nothing that can excite it.
They get bored with the toys and exercise items that are within their cage. So when they get a chance to be out of the locked situation it will surely make them happy and excited. You must practice this outing session once in a week to keep the dragon mentally happy as well as physically fit.
The outing with the bearded dragon gives a chance to bond with the owner. If you have recently adopted the dragon and the bonding is yet to be flourished, then use the outing session to spend time with your pet. As it will get a chance to ride on your shoulder or crawl on the chest, it will soon recognize your scent and feel safe around you.
However, while taking the dragon out, you must be aware that it is not eating some poisonous insects that are moving around, or getting attacked by any predators like dog or big birds. There are chances that it may attract any danger so should be alert and follow it every second to check on its safety.