How Fast Do Bearded Dragons Grow? – Growing Rates & Feeding Quantities
Just how fast do bearded dragons grow exactly and what factors do you need to consider to have the healthiest growth rate. Answering how fast do bearded dragons grow depends on a number of attributes and its style of living. Factors such as, specific breed, gender and environment, all have an effect on how fast your breaded dragon will grow.
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With every aspect and factor considered, a healthy bearded dragon will grow up to 16-22 inches within in first 12 months. The following 12 months you can expect them to reach lengths of anywhere between 20-24 inches.
Keeping track of how fast your bearded dragon grows is a great way to identify its healthiness. A well fed and well maintained bearded dragon should usually follow a guided growth rate. These guides are very close and relate to their age as well as their healthiness. As long as they match, you have nothing to worry about. Below is a little chart which shows the relevance in age to length.
If you find your bearded dragon isn’t growing at the rate it should, don’t be alarmed. Like all animals, their growth rate is completely determined on their eating habits, genetics and environment. Sometimes they will just take a little longer to reach their desired size. If you do have any worries about your dragon, then please seek professional advise for a veterinarian or reptile specialist.
The first year growth rate of a bearded dragon is quite extreme. Within the first 2/3 months as a baby, a bearded dragon can grow at a rate of an inch a week at its peak. However their growth rate is continuously slowing from the moment they’re born. In month 3 your breaded dragon may be anywhere between 8-11 inches.
In months 4-5 the growth rate will start to slow down slightly as it nears the end of its baby phase. In these months you may only see a size different of 2-3 inches a month. Which is still quite a lot when you think about it. At month 5 your bearded dragon may be anywhere between 11-18 inches.
As your bearded dragon starts to enter its juvenile stage, it will slow down slightly even more. At this stage you will see a difference in size by 1-2 inches a month. By month 8 your dragon will be anywhere between 14-20 inches.
Finally at 12 months your bearded dragon is now classed as an adult. It has now reached sexual maturity and its length should range between 16-22 inches. This will differ for males and females, but this is a great way to determine the sex of your dragon.
Now as an adult at sexual maturity your bearded dragon will grow at a very slow rate. For the next 12 months it’s likely to only grow another couple of inches. At this stage you will see more of a difference in body size compared to its length.