The level of affection a bearded dragon has differs for every reptile. Some may seem to have a lot of love to give, whilst others lack in any sort of affection what so ever. But do bearded dragons like to cuddle. That is the question we really want to know the answer to.
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Just like a cat or dog, a cuddle isn’t an act which is seen as a close comparison to a human hug. But rather a snuggle. Cats and dogs will nestle in close to their human companion. They seek comfort and safety in the close interaction. So although the physical act of a cuddle isn’t shown, the same rules apply.
Bearded dragons like to be at the top of the climbing apparatus, and most of the time, the climbing apparatus is you. They also like to be on a flat level, so any incline or decline will leave them uncomfortable. This is why, when you are laying down, bearded dragons commonly choose to sit on your chest. It’s flat, level and big enough to support its whole body weight comfortably.
In comparison to when you are standing, bearded dragons will tend to climb. They will climb up your arm, your back, your chest, absolutely anywhere to get to a levelled part of your body. In this instance, it’s most common for your bearded dragon to sit nicely on your shoulder.
Now, you may think that this is going a little off topic for, do bearded dragons like to cuddle, but you have to remember that bearded dragons don’t show emotions in the same way other animals do. Usually any living being which is bigger than a bearded dragons is seen as a treat to them. So the fact that your bearded dragon has accepted you and will happily use you as a climbing frame is great progress.
Whether they are sitting on your chest or shoulder, the interaction is definitely some form of emotional connection. Bearded dragons will let you stroke them, and particularly enjoy a gentle scratch behind the ear.