One of the characteristics of bearded dragons is that they will burrow.
This behavior is quite normal, and is a characteristic often observed amongst owners of bearded dragons, not to mention in the wild where temperatures are more extreme.
So why Do Bearded Dragons Burrow?
Here are some reasons they might be burrowing;
- To dig out a comfortable place to sleep or hide.
- To escape their enclosure.
- To keep cool during brumation.
- For a female to lay her eggs.
- To dig out a comfortable place to sleep or hide
When looking for good places to sleep or even just to hide in, they will often dig themsleves out a bed in the sand or substrate, even burrowing under objects.
They do enjoy digging and so it is a good idea to make sure that their enclosure has plenty of substrate so that they can do so.
2. To escape their enclosure
There maybe occasion where they might be trying to get out of the place they are living either because they are trying to escape something inside the enclosure or they just want to get to the outside world.
The most common way they try to do this is to glass surf, where they repeatedly try to run up the side of the tank, but they are also known to try and dig their way out.
They could be stressed about their current situation and the best way to check this is if their color has darkened or even turns black particularly in their beard.
A simple change may have caused discomfort for them such as a change in lighting, tank, or a change with their regular care giver.
These are all factors that are worth considering.
3. To cool down during brumation
Brumation is a state of semi-hibernation and digging a burrow and resting there makes it much easier for them to regulate their temperature.
If they are old enough to brumate they may be trying to create a burrow to keep themselves cool during this state.
4. For a female to lay her eggs
If a female is gravid she will also dig to create a place to lay her eggs. It is vital that a female finds a place she is comfortable with to lay her eggs.
If she is unable to find a place, she will go into a state of egg binding which is when she is unable to lay her eggs.
If it is not treated, then egg binding can cause peritonitis, infertility and could ultimately result in death.