What to do if a bearded dragon bites you?

Bearded dragons are gentle, quiet and docile creatures. But they do have teeth. When animals have teeth, they are likely to use them. But then what do you do when you get bitten by dragons? Are bearded dragon bites dangerous? Will you need extensive treatments after a bite? This article will answer these questions and then some.

The First thing to do when a bearded dragon bite you is to put it back in its enclosure. Feed your dragon if it is hungry. Make sure you have not hurt your dragon. If he bit you because you held on too tight… Check limbs for dislocation too. You may have hurt your little friend by mistake. Take your bearded dragon to the vet right away if you suspect something is wrong.

Treatment regimen for bearded dragon bite

The second thing to wash your hands with soap and water normally. Especially the spot where you got bitten. Treat your skin the way you would treat any other cut if your skin is broken.  Wash the bite with alcohol, peroxide or Neosporin. Apply a band-aid and wait for it to heal up completely. Bearded dragons are reptiles. Reptiles carry salmonella. It is very important that you disinfect any wounds.

Why do they bite?

Biting beardies are uncommon. However, there are several reasons a bearded you will bite. You need to understand these reasons in order to avoid getting bitten. Bearded dragon bite is not something that you need to fear. They will not usually bite. However, here are a few reasons your bearded dragon may bite.

Hunger

A hungry animal is an angry animal. A beardie is like any other animal in this respect. They will bite when they are hungry. It is not aggression. Rather, it is instinct. Place your bearded dragon on a regular feeding schedule. This will help avoid serious hunger pangs.

Your dragon is less likely to bite If he’s not hungry. There is another food-related reason a bearded dragon will bite. The Dragon might bite if you have made him dependent on hand feeding. Also, your hand will smell like good if you recently handled food. The bearded dragon will want some of that food. Finally, it could be because your hand looks like food to them. After all, fingers so sort of look like worms.

Wash your hands of all sorts of food before you handle them. They won’t perceive any food on you. And thus, they are less likely to bite.

Self-defense

bearded dragons get attacked by birds of prey and other animals in the wild. These animals kill them for food. Your bearded dragon will bite you to protect itself If you behave like a predator.

Don’t pick your bearded dragon up from above. This is how birds hunt and it may lead your dragon to think that you are a predator. It is also best to never surprise your dragon. Especially when you intend to handle them. Startling a bearded dragon can make them react aggressively.

Also…

Bearded dragons sometimes inflate their own head. They also grow darker or black beards. This is a signal that it is the wrong time for play. Don’t handle them at a time like that.

Socialization

Beardies who grew up with humans have had better human relationships since early life

This means that they are less likely to bite. Most bearded dragons that get handled often as juveniles will not bite. They are used to human presence and do not feel threatened. Dragons that don’t get so much attention will grow up without people skills. Therefore, they will not know that humans are harmless. This can make them feel a need to be defensive against humans. They will show this defensiveness by biting.

Wrong handling

Most adults already know how to handle their dragon. But children forget that bearded dragons are not hamsters or dogs. Bearded dragons require a different sort of handling. Dragons are not cuddly pets even though that are docile. Do not kiss smooch or hold them close in a hug. They get agitated by this sort of handling and can act aggressively. Teach children how to pick up a bearded dragon. Also, teach them how to handle them. How tight to hold them. Show children how to handle all pets according to the pets nature.

Even the biggest Bearded dragons are small when compared with humans. You can kill or injure them if you handle them wrongly. The dragon will bite a child if the child squeezes it too tightly.

Sickness and infection.

The dragon will not want to be handled if it is sick. For example, your dragon will bite if you handle him In a way that he doesn’t like. A dragon bite is a good time to take your dragon to a vet. Especially if it is out of character.

Does beardie bite cause pain?

Again, dragons will probably never bite you. But does it hurt when they do?

This depends on whether the dragon is a baby, juvenile or adult. It also depends on whether the victim is a child or an adult. Finally, some people can endure pain. Some can’t. The same amount of pain will get different reaction from different people.

That said, it is important to know that dragons do not have that much power in their jaws. They mostly won’t even break your skin talk less of bleed.

If you have an adult bearded dragon, it probably will hurt a bit. An adult bearded dragon has a row of sharp little teeth. The bite of an adult beardie on a child will be painful. Even some human adults find it painful.

The real pain of a bearded dragon’s bite. However, is not the bite. Rather, it is in the shock of the bite. You are most likely not expecting it. The pain is usually sudden, and a little exaggerated because it was not expected.

This said bearded dragon bite is not unique at all. It is no different from a cat scratch. A dog or cat bite is always worse.  Yet we keep them in our homes. Bearded dragons are so much safer than dogs or cats where biting is the topic. Adopt a bearded dragon if you want to.

Are bearded dragon teeth sharp?

Yes, they are.

Most baby bearded dragons have small bumps in their mouth. Juveniles have small teeth that are not fully developed yet.  But adults have a row of sharp teeth. They use their teeth to tear apart their food. They feel like needle pricks. Bearded dragon teeth cannot damage human skin. Not in the way dog or cat teeth can.

Is bearded dragon bite dangerous?

I’ll give a short and concise answer to this, no. Every form of the animal bite has a potential for infection if not well treated. There is no danger beyond the discomfort of a slight swelling if you treat It properly.

Safety measures for bearded dragons

A beardie bite is potentially more harmful to the dragon than the victim. This is because people react differently to bites. They may fling the dragon away or drop it in response to the bite.

Remain calm and composed when a dragon bites you. Make children sit down when they handle beardies. They can have the beardie in their lap.

Bearded dragon bites are none lethal. It helps to remember this when you have a case of bearded dragon bite.

Bearded Dragon jaw lock

Sometimes, beardies may lock their jaws in a bite and not let go. Stay calm when this happens. Do not pull your hand away or shake the dragon. Keep your hand still as much as you can. Gently remove their mouth from your hand. Bearded dragon jaw lock is not powerful. It should be easy to remove their mouth from your skin.

Are bearded dragons venomous?

Many people thought that beard dragons are none venomous. The truth however is that dragons actually do secrete a venom.

This venom is lethal to smaller animals. But it is harmless to humans and at worst may cause slight swelling.