Do Bearded Dragons Like Water? – Swimming, Bathing & Shedding Advantages
Being a reptile that comes from such a dry habitat, it’s no wonder people are unsure on the question “Do bearded dragons like water”. All I have to say to you is, if you were out in the dessert all day, would you like a swim afterwards?
My guess is that you would. Correct me if I am wrong, but this is what I’m sticking too.
In the wild bearded dragon spend a lot of their time in the strenuous heat of the day. They spend their mornings basking in the sun, on their favourite rock. Once they have lapped up enough sun for on morning, they will begin their hunt for food. Sometimes this can take all day, and sometimes they get lucky in a few hours. But none the less, no matter how long they are hunting for, they will be a little dehydrate afterwards.
Pet bearded dragon are no different, even though they may not exert the same amount of energy each day, they will still become hot from time to time as our seasons change from winter to summer. So they love nothing more than to bathe themselves in cool water.
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One of the main reasons bearded dragons like water so much is for the advantages it gives them to shed their skin correctly and comfortably. Unlike snakes, bearded dragons shed their skin in pieces, not all at once. This means patches of skin are usually very dry for a few weeks or more. It is natural to see a bearded dragon bathe throughout the shedding process as the water loosens the skin.
If you realise your bearded dragon isn’t bathing through the process, then you can mist your dragon instead. Misting is a method that should be done outside of the enclosure, as misting will raise the humidity level within the enclosure, which you don’t want to do.
Misting is the process of spraying your dragon with water, from a spray bottle. This soaks into their skin and gives the same advantages to the shedding process as bathing would.