This question is a hard one to tackle, and definitely one that took a lot of research because honestly I wasn’t entirely sure how their brains work emotionally. So do bearded dragons have emotions, are they capable of having the same feelings as humans or other animals. To some extent yes. Beard dragons have a very narrow sense of emotion, like most other reptiles. However unfortunately they lack the heightened ability of emotion that animals such as dogs have towards humans. So if you’re looking for a pet that will show you a lot of love, then bearded dragons probably aren’t your best bet. However they do very much enjoy human interaction, but won’t openly show this like other pets can.
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Bearded dragons have a very undeveloped emotional system, and for this reason they do not have the same emotions as us humans. They have three very basic emotions which includes, Fear, Aggression and Pleasure. However I actually think there are four emotions, as Depression is definitely an emotion that bearded dragons feel, and absolutely one you as an owner should look out for. Follow the link to find out how to tell if your bearded dragon is happy.
It is believed these emotions are triggered by their natural instincts, depending on the environment which surrounds them. For example, if you took your bearded dragon out from its enclosure and into an environment which is unknown to them, they will naturally become more aggressive towards you and others in that situation. This is because it is natural for a bearded dragon to be defining and slightly more aggressive in an environment which they are unfamiliar with, as they do not know the dangers which could come from this new surrounding.