Bearded dragons are majestic creatures but in some cases they might end up digging some holes in your habitat. These holes can start out small but after a while they can grow to be more than a foot in length. These can be easy for some dragons to crawl into. Eventually, a beardie could possibly get a hole large enough to where it can actually hide inside it.
You might think that there’s a real problem with your beardie if you see it crawling into holes and digging up lots of things in your substrate. However, the truth is that this is a natural behavior among many beardies and that it’s not necessarily a sign of something bad. Rather, it is often a sign of a dragon trying to keep itself comfortable and safe from outside threats.
How Are These Holes Formed?
These holes are typically created through the dragon clawing its way around a surface. This works particularly in cases where your habitat has sand or another realistic type of substrate.
The dragon can start to claw its way around and keep on getting a hole to become deep enough to be easy to handle. The dragon will keep clawing to ensure that it will keep a space ready and strong. More importantly, the dragon will spend plenty of time carving up a space to make it so it will not be at risk of wearing out or becoming ill all that easily. If used right, a great space will be made to the point where the dragon will have a sturdy hole that will not collapse or fill itself back in all that quickly.
The amount of time it takes for a hole to be formed can vary. Sometimes it takes a few days for the hole to really become visible. Sometimes a dragon will be so persistent that it will get this space opened up in just a few hours.
Create a Space For Resting
A good hole can be a space that a beardie will feel comfortable in. In particular, a good hole can create a spot that is curved and allows the dragon to rest and stay comfortable in.
Sometimes this can work well if you don’t have a proper beardie hammock set up in your space. Then again, sometimes a beardie will choose to get a good hole ready even if there’s a hammock in your space.
The space can often be found a little further apart from spaces where plenty of noise or stimuli can be found in. This is all done just to give the beardie a little time to rest and to keep itself from being easily fatigued. Think of this as if your pet is just trying to get a little bit of personal time to itself.
Create a Cooler Spot
While it is true that a bearded dragon will thrive in an environment that is hot and consistent, you might notice that a dragon could dig holes as a means of getting a bit of shade. A hole can be curved to where a small cover may be found. This can create a small shade that is appealing for the animal and will not be all that tough to be in.
This is often used in particular for brumation, a form of hibernation that only takes a short bit of time. This cooler spot makes it easier for the dragon to keep its body temperature regulated properly. This in turn ensures that it will not overheat or become uncomfortable for any purpose. When used right, this can create a more comfortable and easier to handle feeling that the dragon will not become irritated by. This should be observed carefully so you can get an idea of what your dragon is trying to do.
What About Females?
Females may also dig holes in their habitats. A female who does this will do it possibly because she has laid eggs and she is trying to protect them from outside threats.
A hole can be dug up so the female can place the eggs in that spot. She will do this to keep them from being out in the wide open. When used carefully, this can ensure that the eggs will not be at risk of being damaged. Also, the temperatures of the eggs may be easier to control at this point.
Can the Holes Become Problematic?
The holes within a habitat should not be all that concerning at first. These holes can be about a foot in diameter and a few inches deep at the most. This should be appropriate for a habitat as it will not be far too difficult to work with.
Still, you have to be cautious if the dragon in your habitat starts to get lots of these holes going. This is not a sign of any physical trouble but it’s still something that could keep the substrate from being easy to live with. You might have to add some new substrate materials to your space to ensure that the dragon will not be at risk of being bothered far too much while in its habitat.
Also, you should see that the holes are strong enough to where they will not collapse or becoming easily filled up again. You have to see that your dragon is not going to be at risk of harm from something like a habitat falling in on itself all that easily. This is a real threat that can hurt your environment but if controlled carefully, it can be easy to keep protected.
Of course, many beardies will dig these holes deep enough to where they could still dig out of anything they get stuck in. Still, you should always be cautious and watch for how your dragon is taking care of itself in one of these particular spots.
Digging is something that can be found in many different bearded dragons but that doesn’t mean you should be worried. This is a simple action that many dragons engage in as a means of keeping themselves protected and to keep their eggs healthy. This is a fascinating part of how beardies behave and deserves to be seen.