How Smart are Bearded Dragons? 7 Secrets

So, how smart are Bearded Dragons? Are these reptiles able to recognize people who feed them? Maybe you’re also wondering whether these lizards can learn anything. 

Well, bearded dragons reptiles are pretty smart. They can recognize their owner/people who feed them. They are able to learn various activities if trained, however minute they may be.

They have superb problem-solving skills. Bearded Dragons can even imitate other reptiles/animals (an intelligent skill thought to belong to mammals of higher cranial capacity). Related: Red Eyed Crocodile Skink Care

How Smart are Bearded Dragons?

1. Recognize their owners 

Bearded Dragons are smart and intelligent reptiles. They can learn and recognize their owners or people who feed them. Bearded dragons are able to learn how to identify and differentiate their owners or people who feed them from others by use of sight, smell, pleasure or anger.

Once the owner enters its cage, the Bearded Dragon smells his/her presence and while using its sight it’s able to recognize the owner/feeder – you will fill Bearded Dragon approach him/her on entering the cage. It relaxes and also enjoy the pleasure of being held by the owner without resist.

Contrary, the Bearded Dragon would resist any presence of intruder in its cage who is not the owner/feeder. In fact, Bearded Dragon may generate anger and begin to run away or escape. Related: What Does Leopard Gecko Eat?

2. Trainable 

You can also train Bearded Dragon. The experiment carried out by researchers at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom shows that, a Bearded Dragon was able to be trained and learn how to open door to access its food. Check what Bearded Dragons eat – tomatoes?

This was achieved by placing Trained Breaded Dragon with untrained ones. When untrained Bearded Dragons saw trained one open the door to access food, they were also able to open too.

In fact, these animals are able to imitate other reptiles and practice the learnt skills. 

How Smart are Bearded Dragons?

3. Intelligent.

The memory of Bearded Dragon is able to recall some of the previous activities. In case of danger, Bearded Dragon is able to escape. This means to keep watch as it initiate a way to rescue itself. You can easily tame it for a given task through a conditioned reflex action method.

In case you want to feed your Bearded Dragon, you can this by calling it a given name just before giving it food. With time, Bearded Dragon will associate that sound/name with food or your presence.

We cannot say that Bearded Dragon is the most intelligent reptiles we have. However, we can attest that Bearded Dragon is smart and able to learn with continuous training. 

Can bearded dragons recognize their owners?

Yes! Bearded Dragon is able to recognize its owner by use of sight, pleasure and smell. Due to frequent contact between Bearded Dragon and the owner, it is able to detect the owner using a given smell and look.

In case anyone else tries to hold or feed the Bearded Dragon, it will react in a restrictive way and try to escape. However, the Bearded Dragon is able to recognize the new person if he/she is continuously trained in presence of the owner.

The emotions of Bearded Dragons ranges slightly below those of human beings. Bearded Dragons are able to show compassion/love, anger and fear. Fear and anger are the main reactions seen when the Breaded Dragon fails to recognize a given individual.

How Can I Train a Bearded Dragon?

It is possible to train your Bearded Dragon so that it may conform and respond to some activities you may desire. Such activities may include:

  1. Recognizing its name/sound.
  2. Accessing place to take their food.
  3. Recognize their owner or people who feed them.
  4. Locate place to poop/excrete.
  5. Wave to people/visitors.
  6. Escape danger.

To achieve these skills in the Bearded Dragon, you must train it one skill for a given period of time. It is not possible for the Bearded Dragon to master all these skills simultaneously.

Normally, Bearded Dragons are shy by nature. It won’t be possible to train them in any of the above skill until you create a close bond between you and Bearded Dragon. To do this, you will need to carry out the following steps for your newly acquired Bearded Dragon:

  1. Once you bring a new Bearded Dragon in your home, allow it to have its free time without touching it. Feed it from a distance so that you don’t create tension or fear. Ensure it is living in a large enclosed place.
  2. Start to Hand Feed your Bearded Dragon. This will make your Bearded Dagon get free and comfortable with your touch. It will also boost its trust for you. Bearded dragons are normally harmless – they may not bite you when hand feeding.
  3. Make sure you spend a lot of time in the cage where the Bearded Dragon lives. You can be there cleaning, making its sleeping place or feeding it. This will create recognition with time.
  4. Allow the Bearded Dragon to move about in an enclosed cage for some hours. This can be done effectively by setting up little food in bowls at various points to attract its movement. Keep watch from a distance to see if it has any signs of stress (showing an aggressive posture).
  5. Once you realize that your Bearded Dragon is now free with you, pick it with your hand and softly rub its back softly to kill its tension or fear. Do not lift the Bearded Dragon from behind – this may make it get angered or generate fear. Never raise it up by the tail – it may startle. The tail of Bearded Dragon does not grow back once cut. Slowly and calmly pick your Bearded Dragon from the front and support its trunk gently. In case it react restrictively, tap its back softly as you tend to put it on the ground.
  6. Further, calm your Bearded Dragon until its stress free. This will be shown by indicators such as warm relaxations and lack of aggressiveness.

Once you are able to handle your Bearded Dragon with your hands freely without it reacting, then it will be easier for you to train it other skill as indicated above though use of Conditioned reflex action. 

Are Bearded Dragons Friendly?

Absolutely! These reptiles will rarely harm you, your humans or your pets. Actually, Bearded Dragons are just cool while in their cage. They rarely get aggressive even when someone gets close (mostly they would tend to walk away).

Bearded Dragons are easier to tame and make the pet of choice. You can hold it with your hands without it harming you or causing skin reaction on you. Often, Bearded Dragon likes to curl or turn when held thus gives you a cool pleasure.

This reptile won’t attack your children even when invaded in their cage or hideouts. Bearded Dragon is able to live with other pets without causing any rebellion against them – you can therefore share your cage with other pets without worries.

However, when Bearded Dragon gets aggressive, it begins to Hiss, open its mouth, stare, bobbing its head, puffing the beards or generate stress marks.

This may be caused by stress, stiff competition in the case, being scared often, shedding, hormonal imbalances, breeding season or environmental change. If you fail to address these changes in time, your Bearded Dragon may look dull, fail to be friendly or die in long run.

Are Bearded Dragons Nocturnal?

No! Bearded Dragon are very inactive at night. Indeed, these lizards are diurnal – they are active during the day and sleep the whole night. We noted that Leopard Geckos are crepuscular

Bearded Dragons are docile reptiles. They are active when the room temperature rises during the day to a level that can make them to go hunting or move around in the cage.

Normally, the light will make the Bearded Dragons to wakeup while Darkness make them to sleep. Artificially, you can control the sleeping style of the Bearded Dragon in an enclosure/cage by switching off and on light or using time switch.

However, it would be problematic to make your Bearded Dragon to be active in the presence of light. They will sleep often during the day, especially after feeding.

Do bearded dragons show affection?

Yes! Bearded Dragons are special as compared to other reptiles in that they are eagerly waiting for their owner or the person feeding them. You will find them warming up as you approach which is sign of affection and appreciation.

Moreover, the Bearded Dragons Voluntarily seek to be held by their owner. You will find them preferring to feed from your hand instead of using their bowls.

The affection of Bearded Dragon increases with age. You will find that it likes to always be closer to you/owner. In addition, it will even climb over you for fun. Therefore, Bearded Dragon is an incredible affectionate reptile. 

Do Bearded Dragons Respond to Their Names?

Yes! Bearded Dragons will respond to their names. However, they do not respond to those names as human does. You must associate the given name/voice with something that will attract (at first) the Bearded Dragon such as food.

Any time you give the Bearded Dragon food, mention the name. With time, it will connect that voice with itself and food too.

It is not easy to take Bearded Dragons to respond to their names though with commitments and repetition, you will have them respond to your call even without food.


Bearded Dragons are smart reptiles that are able to recognize their owners, people who feed them and their names.

They can easily be tamed/trained to carry out some of the activities such as locating food storage, excreting in a specific place or even escaping danger.

Nevertheless, you must remain committed to training your Bearded Dragon if you wish to achieve intelligent skills out of it. 



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