Bearded Dragon Health Issues

Despite bearded dragons hardy reputation, they can still contract a number of health issues. Please see below details of these possible diseases and disorders and if you have any information on any health issues we have missed do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly add this to this site.

If your bearded dragon does face any characteristics that you are concerned about please take him/her to a vet and do not solely rely on this information.

Respiratory Problems

If there is excessive moisture in your vivarium, this could lead to respiratory problems. Your bearded dragon will show signs of this by opening his/her mouth or may have mucus present. This problem may also occur if the temparature of the vivarium is too cold.

Read more on Respiratory disease in bearded dragons.

Metabolic Bone Disease

Metabolic Bone Disease is a group of disorders caused by an imbalance of calcium and vitamin D3 in the body. Signs and symptoms include difficulty chewing food, lumps found on joints, stiffness, shaking and twitching.

Read more on Metabolic Bone Disease in bearded dragons.


Impaction is when a bearded dragons digestive tract has become blocked. It can be caused by your beardie swallowing something too large, or something it cannot digest properly.

Read more on impaction in bearded dragons.


This is uncommon as your bearded dragon would be captive bred. However, if the reptile shop has unsanitary conditions then mites can spread to your bearded dragon. These are however visible on the bearded dragons's body and there are a number of products available to get rid of these mites.

Egg Binding

As mentioned briefly in our breeding section, egg binding can occur and is something that should be taken extremely serious. This can occur for a number of reasons such as if there isnt a suitable spot for your female bearded dragon to lay her eggs, however the main reason for this to occur is during the first breeding cycle with infertile eggs.

To avoid this from happening please make sure your female bearded dragon is healthy enough to be able to bare a clutch, this would include factors such as her age and size. A suitable laying spot is also essential in order for your female bearded dragon to lay her eggs. If egg binding is suspected please contact your vet immediately as this could lead to death if it is not spotted early enough.