You might be wondering, when is mating season for bearded dragons? This article will explain when this season starts and ends, how to spot a beardie in heat, and how to tell when she’s ready to mate.
Hopefully, this article will be helpful for you! After all, the mating season for beardies is an exciting time for everyone.
When is Mating Season for Bearded Dragons?
In the wild bearded dragons become sexually mature when they’re between 1 and 2 years old. In Australia where they live mating is between September and March (Summer Months in Australia).
In captivity, many breeders offer a brumation period (extended periods of low temperature) to the dragons prior to mating, although it’s not always necessary.
A female bearded dragon will begin laying eggs between four and six weeks after a successful mating session.
The female dragon may continue to lay eggs for several weeks after a successful mating session and will store eggs in her pouch until a suitable time for incubation. The mating season is not a specific period but can be influenced by a variety of factors.
The bearded dragon’s mating season generally occurs in early spring, as it is just beginning to emerge from brumation.
Brumation is the reptilian equivalent of hibernation. Whether or not your beardie mates naturally will depend on its environment, but if you let it go through brumation, mating will be more likely to occur.
To avoid infertility issues, male and female bearded dragons should not share an enclosure during mating season.
Bearded dragons are a great pet for beginners and experienced dragon owners alike. These lizards have a limited breeding season, but in captivity, they can breed at any time.
During this time, male bearded dragons will often sit on females to make sure they don’t try to escape. Female beardie dragons are also known for showing more interest in females during mating season.
Males will often bite the female’s neck and beard to prevent her from escaping. It will then intertwine the females’ tails to meet their reproductive organs.
How To Tell If A Bearded Dragon Is Ready To Mate?
If you want to know how to tell if a bearded lizard is ready to mate, look for a few telltale signs. During the mating season, bearded dragons undergo hormonal changes that alter their behavior and appetite.
Males will become fixated on the female and will want to court and mate with her. You should keep males and females separated by a visual barrier. Females will likely be pregnant and laying eggs.
When determining the timing of your pet’s mate selection, consider the size of your house. Keep in mind that bearded dragons can hatch up to 40 eggs in two months!
Be sure to separate the eggs by size and dominance before attempting to breed. Bearded dragons lay two to three clutches during the breeding season, so make sure your room is big enough for the breeding pair.
If you suspect a bearded dragon is ready to reproduce, it may be laying eggs. The femoral pores on male bearded dragons are larger and darker than those of female bearded dragons.
In contrast, the pre-anal pores of female bearded dragons are much smaller. It may be a few weeks or even more before a female beardie dragon starts laying eggs.
During the colder months, bearded dragons are largely inactive. Usually, they will start showing signs of breeding about 4-6 weeks after brumation.
While you can’t force a beardie to go into brumation, you can gradually reduce the temperature and cut back on the food to encourage brumation. When the female begins to show signs of receptivity, she will begin to lose her appetite.
How Often Do Bearded Dragons Mate?
When the time comes to pair your bearded dragon with a mate, you will want to be prepared. Male bearded dragons have elaborate courtship rituals, which can be a bit confusing for new bearded dragon owners.
Male bearded dragons will dance and chase their female counterparts around the enclosure while they mate. Female bearded dragons will also attempt to mate with a male bearded dragon, but this is only the first step in their relationship.
During the breeding season, female bearded dragons may lay two or three clutches of eggs, and during this time they will need to be fed regularly.
Female bearded dragons will usually lay their eggs in the early afternoon or evening. It should be noted that the temperature in the chamber must be 80 degrees or higher to avoid lethargy and failure to lay eggs.
Once the eggs have been laid, she will typically keep the eggs for up to a week, then separate them for the next one. In this time you need to take the eggs away if you want to put them into a reptile egg incubator.
Incubation of the eggs is then between fifty and one hundred days. The hatchlings will need a place to stay for the next eight weeks, or longer if they cannot find suitable homes.
When Can Bearded Dragons Start Mating?
Bearded dragons can start mating when they reach sexual maturity, which is typically between 8 to 18 months old. However, it is recommended to wait until they are at least 1 year old and have reached a minimum size of 18 inches before breeding them.
It is also important to ensure that both the male and female bearded dragons are in good health and have been properly cared for before attempting to breed them.
Male bearded dragons need to be housed separately from female beardies, and you should feed them highly nutritious and high-calorie foods. Ideally, male and female beardie dragons should not be housed together for more than 5 days before mating.
Male and female bearded dragons will begin courting by biting one another to hold the female dragon. After a few minutes of this process, the male will let the female go. The male should never bite the female if it is not completely healthy. If you see a male or female beardie laying its head down on the female, remove her immediately. Otherwise, she may injure you. If the female beardie bites you, try to separate the two dragons as soon as possible.
Male bearded dragons show several behaviors that indicate they are ready to mate. Male bearded dragons can make their beard black and make bobbing motions with their head.
Female bearded dragons will wave their arms and even chase the male within the enclosure. The male will try to mate with the female if she doesn’t mate with him. If you notice this behavior, he might be chasing you out of the enclosure.
Are Bearded Dragons Capable of Reproducing Alone?
No partner is required for a female bearded dragon to begin laying eggs; it happens naturally as part of the reproductive cycle. The eggs won’t be fertile, though, if there hasn’t been mating throughout the breeding season. Within a breeding season, the female bearded dragon can deposit sperm in oviductal crypts.
This indicates that a bearded dragon can produce clutches of fertile eggs throughout the entire season without needing to mate again. But it still needs for there to have been a successful mating and you should only mate your female beardie with one male per season if you want to be sure of a bearded dragon’s parentage; otherwise, you won’t know which male is the father.
Mating bearded dragons
Bearded dragon mating might seem very aggressive. Breeding is simple for bearded dragons. As he gets closer, the male will surround the female. He’ll bounce his head up and down, and his beard will deepen. The female will answer by bobbling her head from side to side and circling her arm.
The male will keep the female in place by placing his tongue on the skin of her neck or shoulder. Once their cloaca is aligned, the male everts his hemipenis and inserts one or both of them into the female’s cloaca. The female will lift her head to an upright position when she is prepared to be released.