Is Your Bearded Dragon Overweight?
Obesity in pets is not uncommon. And I’m sure by now you have seen some pretty obese pets. Just the other day I was on Instagram, and someone posted their cat that looked like a balloon with legs. Heck, my neighbors’ dog is shooting for a world record, he has to waddle around as a result of being so overweight.
Usually, it’s only cats and dogs we think of when it comes to pet obesity. Unfortunately, bearded dragons have a high risk of becoming obese. As you probably noticed by now they lack self-control when it comes to food. And being overweight is strenuous on internal organs, just like humans, and causes premature death.
So, how fat is to fat for a bearded dragon? It’s oftentimes easer to tell if they are under
Typically, a bearded dragon’s belly should clear the floor when he walks. Also, when you pick him up, the underside abdomen area should be firm, with no loose hanging squishy globs of fat. Though I would not use this as the only indicator to tell if your bearded dragon is fat. It’s can also be a sign or a gravid (pregnant) bearded dragon. So, if you have a female, that might be why you have an overly plump bearded dragon all of a sudden.
The easiest way to tell if your bearded dragons obese is by checking the tail. Their tail should be firm, dense, and compact, with not much flexibility. Whereas an obese
orearm Fat Pocket
Bearded dragons will store fat under their forearms. On a healthy bearded dragon there should be no fat pockets under the forearms. Obese
Your bearded dragon should not look like he has a double chin. In obese bearded dragons fat pockets will form in the back of his beard. Whereas there should be no excess fat in that area. At the same time, you don’t want the area sunken in, as that could be a sign of being underfed.
Cranial Fat Pads
Bearded dragons have fat pads on the top of their head. In a healthy
If their squishy and look like pimples on the back of your bearded dragons head, it’s a sign being overweight.
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