Every loving bearded dragon owner wants to cheer up their reptile friend. But life surrounded by glass can be overwhelming, so you know how a beardie feels like living in a terrarium.
When looking for a fun activity to do with your dragon, music might pop up. But do bearded dragons like music? Depends; it all comes down to different personalities, as some enjoy music while others don’t.
You can tell if your beardie likes music or not. Keep reading to understand the different types of sounds that beards enjoy and how the structure of their hearing affects their musical preferences.
Do Bearded Dragons Respond to Music?
Bearded dragons are intelligent reptiles, naturally curious and adventurous in the wild. Their curiosity is easily spotted in captivity. You can see them watching TV with humans and turning their heads to see where certain jams are coming from.
This means that these reptiles have a high affinity for sound, and music somehow stimulates them. However, beards are sensitive and how they respond to music depends on the type of sound they hear.
Do Bearded Dragons Like Loud Music?
As a human, you enjoy music that is below your acoustic range, and anything that goes beyond a certain level is noise. So it makes sense that your bearded dragon will enjoy the tone as long as it falls below its specific hearing range.
These exotic reptiles have excellent hearing, so amplified sounds can be too loud for their ears. Noise actually bothers them. A very loud, sudden sound can easily startle your beardie and depress him. For this reason, human guardians must play special beard music.
Bearded Dragon Hearing Structure
You may not see human ears in a dragon, but they have them. If you look closely at the back of their head, you will see a small opening with a thin membrane called the tympanic membrane covering it.
The structure of a dragon’s inner ear is similar to that of a human, and you also have a tympanic membrane, which is the eardrum.
Bearded humans and dragons rely on the membranes and tiny bones of their ears to transmit sound to the brain. Generally, dragons’ hearing ability ranges from 500 to 4,000 hertz, while humans can choose between 20 to 20,000 hertz.
This means the beard can hear very well. But that doesn’t mean the sounds that humans find pleasant are scary and too overwhelming for these reptiles.
Music Preferences for Bearded Dragons
Anything calm and gentle is pleasing to a beardie. However, loud, erratic music can stress your reptile, so you’ll want to try a variety of sounds to see what your reptile friend plays most of the time.
The lizard’s musical preferences depend on its personality. Some who tend to be more tense and more relaxed may prefer a quieter environment, while those who are more relaxed may feel good with a little music in the background. However, even those who love music may prefer certain genres over others.
What you should understand is that these pets usually don’t like loud music. And, sometimes soft music also surprises them by imitating predators in the background.
Bearded dragons generally prefer quieter, gentler, and relaxing music. Therefore, you can allow your dragon to listen to some of your favorite artists as long as they play some relaxing music.
The key is to find a middle ground that works for you and your pet. Then, you have to find out what he likes and tune in to it.
Start with a gadget like a TV, music or noise machine to find the most comfortable noise level for your pet. Then, watch his behavior when listening to jazz, pop, country, classical, or blues music.
The genre that suits your dragon says a lot about its personality.
How to Tell When Your Bearded Dragon Likes Certain Music
You’ll have to rely on your dragon’s intuition and body language to see if he likes your taste in music or not.
Here are some clear signs that your dragon likes the music.
It becomes active and fun.
He tried to approach the source of the music by climbing the gadget.
It features bright, bright and happy colors
Looks comfortable and relaxed
Turn towards the music source and lie down
He could even close his eyes.
Nice to be held by you while the music is playing
How to Tell If a Beardie Doesn’t Like Music
The longer you expose your beardie to a variety of musical genres, the better you’ll recognize if he hates a piece of music.
1. Aggressive Behavior
If you hold it while the music is playing, and try to bite and move away (away from you or the sound), your dragon hates what it hears.
2. Glass Surfing
This is one of the important indicators of stressed lizards. Glass surfing is when your beardie runs up to the glass terrarium and rubs his belly as if he were surfing.
Glass surfing can indicate many things, including a cage that is too small, illness, general stress, or the need for outdoor play. However, if it happens while music is playing, you may want to turn the sound down.
3. Changing Color To Dark
By now, you should have noticed that the color of your beard changes according to your mood. So if you play some music and the lizard starts to turn a darker color, it will be angry about what happened. So, fix the music, or stop playing it altogether.
4. Signs of Stress
Check for changes to the chin and abdomen. If you notice a sudden change in music playing, it’s a sign of stress, and the music is bothering your pet.
You may also see a reptile clawing at the tank.
If you turn on the music and the lizard immediately tries to hide, it means that the sound is sending the wrong signal, and you should turn off the music.
How to Calm a Depressed Bearded Dragon
Stop Playing Music
The best way to restore your lizard’s mood is to stop the music altogether. Get rid of stressful situations, especially if they seem harsh and shocking.
Hit the Beardie
Try to reassure the lizard by holding it while stroking its back or head. But if it gets too uncomfortable and angry, put it back in the tank and try not to make contact until it drops.
Try That Bath
Beardies are always looking forward to bath time. So, try bathing your dragon if you see him under stress. This will help with stress levels and offer some relief.
How Music Benefited Beardies
1. Relieve Tension
While there may not be much information about the health benefits of music for beards, music can help reduce stress, tension, pain, and improve dragon memory. But, of course, this is as long as your pet enjoys the music.
2. Increase Bonding
Imagine you and your beardie playing music and enjoying the same kind of music! A bearded dragon will associate pleasant musical sounds with you every time you sit down to listen to it.
Listening to music also allows the two of you to spend more time together.
Bearded parents need to tell if their pet enjoys or doesn’t like the music. Your lizard will definitely display a cue for you to choose from.
You can play one sound at a time to slowly understand the genre your pet likes. Just don’t play loud music!
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