Bearded Dragon Sleeping in the Corner – Reasons + What to Do

What is your bearded dragon doing in the corner? Are they spooked by the other animals around them, or are you neglecting to provide adequate hiding places for your pet? Whatever their reasons might be, it’s important that you know how to recognize when a bearded dragon is stressed and what can be done about it.

A bearded dragon may sleep in the corner of its tank due to lack of hiding spots, lethargy, brumation, parasites, or presence of other pets that are causing the lizard stress. Set up the tank properly to provide enough shelter, heating mats, and hiding spots for the reptile to feel safe.

Why is my bearded dragon sleeping in a corner?

bearded dragon sleeping in the corner

If you notice your bearded dragon sleeping in the corner of its enclosure consistently, something is not okay in its tank and you want to check and correct that. It is a major sign of discomfort and stress.

Here’s why your beardie sleeps in a corner:

Lack of hiding places

If you don’t provide your bearded dragon with ample hiding places, they will eventually start to feel uncomfortable and stressed. As a result, the bearded dragon will surf its glass enclosure and show signs of anxiety to try and find an exit and possibly go into hiding. In the end, most lizards will settle in a corner and make it their sleeping space.

As nocturnal animals, it is common for them to sleep during the day in dark corners of their enclosure or under plant leaves if no other option exists. If you find your beardie sleeping in one corner of its enclosure, it simply means that there aren’t hiding spaces or plants in its tank where he can find safety and sleep.

A lack of hiding spaces can cause stress that may lead to unusual behavior such as sleeping in the corner of the enclosure.

Provide at least one hideout per cage size – preferably two! That way when your pet wakes up from its daytime slumber, they are able to find cover quickly.

Lack of hiding spots leads to:   

  • Stress (stress generally doesn’t have any physical symptoms).
  • Inability to rest/sleep well (because there’s no safe place to sleep)

The right thing to do is to provide hiding spots for your bearded dragon so they can sleep in a corner of their enclosure.

If you provide at least one, preferably two hides per cage size to provide ample cover for the beardie, it should find comfort and won’t need to sleep in its tank’s corners anymore.

Lethargy

Another reason why bearded dragons sleep in corners is lethargy. This can happen for a number of reasons as well, such as stress or illness. You’ll notice lethargy in your beardie when there are other hiding places but the lizard still sleeps in the corner of the tank.

You still want to check for other signs of inactivity in order to determine whether that’s the actual reason for not sleeping in its hiding spaces in the enclosure.

If lethargy becomes chronic and continues to persist without any noticeable cause (such as injury), then the lizard may be ill and needs medical attention immediately. Lethargic behavior can also lead to anorexia – which will only worsen its symptoms.

The lethargy should not last longer than 24-72 hours if it’s caused by externals like environmental changes or new animals introduced into their tank, but lethargy that lasts more than one-week warrants concern because there could be an underlying problem with your beardie.

‘Lethargic behavior in bearded dragons is characterized by lazy movements and a flat body posture. Reptiles with lethargy will often not move much or even eat at all.

Brumation

During brumation, your pet will sleep a lot more than usual as their metabolic rate drops. It may even be difficult for you to wake them up from their slumber too. Due to their increased inactivity, you might find your bearded dragon sleeping in the corner of its enclosure if that’s the only place they can hide safely in the tank.

The brumation cycle happens when the beardie’s metabolism slows down in order to regulate its body temperature. This is most often seen during the winter months or late fall, but it can also happen at other times of the year depending on location and weather changes.

Brumating bearded dragons may stop eating food altogether and will spend much of their time sleeping during this period. They might only come out once every few days for a brief feeding session before going back into hiding again.

It is important that you know how to recognize when your bearded dragon is undergoing brumation. Some of the signs include:

  • Lack of interest in anything
  • Hiding almost all the time
  • Sleeping almost all the time
  • Not eating

If your bearded dragon is sleeping and hiding in a corner all the time during its brumation period, provide enough hiding spaces for it so that it won’t have to sleep in its tank’s corners for safety.

Cold (low temperatures)

Bearded dragons are cold-blooded reptiles that need warmth in order to stay healthy. If extreme temperatures (very high or low) occur, your pet may decide to sleep in the corner of its cage especially if that is the only spot in the enclosure that feels a little warmer.

During extreme weather changes like extreme hot or cold – it is essential that you provide enough hiding spaces that are warm and also cold so the beardie can find cover when they want to take a break from being out in the open during these extremes without risking harm.

The bearded dragon will experience increased stress levels if it doesn’t have any places where it feels safe from environmental factors such as temperature fluctuations, which leads them to search for refuge corners throughout their enclosure until it’s safe again.

If extreme temperatures continue for an extended period of time, your bearded dragon may not be able to regulate its body temperature at all and it will eventually lead to death if you don’t act quickly enough.

Parasites

A bearded dragon that hides and sleeps in the corner all the time is in distress. One major cause of stress is parasites, which cause discomfort when they infect the beardie’s body.

If parasites are detected, it is important to remove them as soon as possible because they can be fatal if left untreated for too long. Bearded dragons that have parasites will often lose interest in food and will start showing signs of restlessness, aggression, and other abnormal behaviors.

Be sure you examine your bearded dragon during each health check carefully so you don’t miss parasites when they’re easily detectable.

Presence of other pets

If your tank has other pets in it, they may be causing the beardie to feel stressed and sleep in the corner of its enclosure instead of using its hide.

Bearded dragons are solitary creatures and tankmates can cause stress because of territorial disputes or anxiety caused by being around unfamiliar animals that could attack them at any moment.

In a tank with too many animals – this will lead to overcrowding which will bring a number of problems for all inhabitants including aggression among tank mates and also an increase in parasites since there are more opportunities for one animal to come into contact with feces from another pet.

It is important not only during brumation but always, to provide enough hiding spaces so that bearded dragons won’t have to sleep in the corner of the tank when they want peace and quiet away from tankmates.

Poor lighting conditions

Another reason why your bearded dragon may prefer to sleep in the corner or isolated parts of the tank is poor lighting conditions. This can be too much light that leaves the beardie exposed even when sleeping in its hiding places.

The corner of the enclosure could be the only place in the tank that has better lighting for the bearded dragon to sleep without being disturbed.

We recommend that you pick a spot near the entrance of your beardie’s enclosure to install another light source so they can get better lighting.

If poor lighting persists, it will cause stress and lead to other health problems including eye damage or blindness. Bearded dragons require UV rays for metabolizing calcium which helps them regulate their appetite as well as produce vitamin D in order to stay healthy.

Poor lighting conditions mean these requirements are not being met properly and uncontrolled shedding could occur since there is no way for the bearded dragon to balance its body functions with improper exposure.

It is also important when choosing lights for your tank that you choose lights specifically designed for reptiles. A bearded dragon needs a full-spectrum light for 12-14 hours each day during the spring and summer months, or about 8 hours for fall and winter. UV rays cannot pass through glass or plastic; so make sure to place the light directly above your bearded dragon and avoid any material between it and the bulb.

Is your bearded dragon new to its tank?

The new bearded dragon may be acclimatizing to its new tank.  And sleeping in the corner while doing so is a good way for it to feel more secure as this natural behaviour will help them relax and adjust. For new beardies, you should try your best not to let their tanks get too hot or cold. Try and help them to adjust to their new environment fully.

Sleeping in the corner of the tank may be normal as the new reptile may not have discovered the tank enough to choose its sleeping and hiding spots. As such, this behavior should not worry you, but if it remains persistent, you might want to investigate further to make sure nothing else is bothering the beardie to make him/her sleep in the corner of its enclosure.

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