Every loving bearded dragon owner wants to keep their reptile friend entertained. But living surrounded by glass can be overwhelming for you, so you know how a beardie feels staying in the terrarium.
When searching for fun activities to do with your dragon, music may pop up. But do bearded dragons like music? It depends; it all boils down to distinctive personalities, as some enjoy music while others don’t.
You can tell if your beardie enjoys music or not. Keep reading to understand the various kinds of noises beardies enjoy and how their auditory structures affect their music preferences.
Do Bearded Dragons Respond to Music?
Bearded dragons are intelligent reptiles, naturally curious and adventurous in the wild. Their curiosity is easily noticeable in captivity. You can see them watch TV alongside humans and whip their heads around to see where a particular jam is coming from.
This means that these reptiles have a high affinity for sound, and music stimulates them somehow. However, beardies 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 falls under your acoustic range, and anything beyond a certain degree is noise. So, it makes sense that your bearded dragon will enjoy a tone as long as it falls under its specific auditory ranges.
These exotic reptiles have excellent hearing, so an amplified sound can be too powerful for their ears. Noise actually bothers them. Extremely loud, sudden noise can easily startle your beardie and cause it distress. For this reason, human guardians have to play beardy-specific music.
Bearded Dragon Auditory Structure
You may not see human-like ears on a dragon, but they have them. If you look much closer at the back of their heads, you’ll notice a tiny hole with a thin sheer membrane known as the tympanic membrane covering it.
A dragon’s internal ear structure is similar to a human’s, and you also have the tympanic membrane, which is the eardrum.
Humans and bearded dragons rely on their ears’ tiny membranes and bones to transmit sound to the brain. Generally, a dragon’s auditory ability ranges between 500 to 4,000 hertz, while humans can pick between 20 to 20,000 hertz.
This means that beardies can hear remarkably well. But what it doesn’t mean is that sounds that humans find pleasurable are scary and too much for these reptiles.
Music Preferences for Bearded Dragons
Anything calm and soft is pleasurable for a beardie. However, loud and cumbersome music can stress ut your reptile, so you need to try various sounds to see what your reptile friend will jam to the most.
A lizard’s music preference depends on its personality. Some that tend to be tenser and more laid-back may prefer a calmer environment, while the easy-going may feel great with a bit of music in the background. However, even those that like music may prefer specific genres over others.
What you have to understand is that these pets generally loathe loud music. And, sometimes soft music also startles them because it mimics predators in the background.
Bearded dragons generally prefer calmer, softer, relaxing music. Therefore, you can allow your dragon to listen to some of your favorite artists as long as they play relaxing music.
The key is to find the middle ground that suits you and your pet. Then, you have to figure out what it likes and tune to it.
Start with gadgets like TV, music, or noise machine to find the most comfortable noise level for your pet. Then, notice its behavior when listening to either jazz, pop, country, classic, or blues.
The genre your dragon settles for says a lot about its personality.
How to Tell When Your Bearded Dragon Likes a Certain Music
You’ll have to rely mostly on your intuition and the dragon’s body language to tell whether it likes your music taste or not.
Here are some clear signs that your dragon likes the music.
How to Tell If a Beardie Dislikes the Music
The longer you expose your beardie to various music genres, the better you’ll recognize if it hates a music piece.
1. Aggressive Behavior
If you’ve held it when the music is playing, and it tries to bite and move away ( away from you or the sound), your dragon hates what it’s hearing.
2. Glass Surfing
This is one significant indicator of a stressed-out lizard. Glass surfing is when your beardie dashes to the terrarium’s glass and rubs its belly against it as if it is surfing.
Glass surfing may indicate many things, including that the enclosure is too small, illness, general stress, or need for outdoor play. But, if it happens when music is playing, you may want to turn the sound down.
3. Changing Color to Dark
By now, you should have noticed that your beardy’s colors change according to the mood. So, if you are jamming to music and the lizard starts changing to darker colors, it is upset with what’s going on. So, fix the music, or stop playing it altogether.
4. Stress Marks
Check for changes at the chin and belly. If you notice sudden changes when you play music, they are stress marks, and the music is irritating your pet.
You may also notice the reptile clawing at the tank.
If you put music on and the lizard immediately tries to hide, it means that the noise is sending the wrong signals, and you should turn off the music.
How to Calm a Stressed Bearded dragon Down
Stop Playing the Music
The best way to restore your lizard’s good moods is to stop the music altogether. Remove the stressful situation, especially if it appears loud and startling.
Stroke the Beardie
Try to reassure the lizard by holding it while petting its back or head. But if it’s too uncomfortable and angry, put it back to the tank and try not to make contact until it comes down.
Try Bathing It
Beardies always look forward to bath times. So, try bathing your dragon if you notice it is stressed. It should help level its stress and offer it some relief.
How Music Benefits Beardies
1. Relieves Tension
While there may be no much information about the health benefits of music for beardies, music can help reduce stress, tension, pain and improve a dragon’s memory. But, of course, this is as long as your pet enjoys music.
2. Enhances Bonding
Imagine you and your beardie jamming and enjoying the same type of music! A bearded dragon will associate a pleasant music sound with you every time you sit down to listen to it.
Listening to music also allows the two of you to spend more bonding time together.
Beardy parents need to tell whether their pet is enjoying or disliking the music. Your lizard will definitely display cues for you to pick from.
You can play one sound at a time to slowly understand the genre the pet likes. Just don’t play loud music!
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.