Do bearded dragons become attached to their owners?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Bearded dragons do become attached to their owners. As a pet owner and reptile enthusiast myself, I have witnessed the bond that can form between a bearded dragon and their owner. While they may not express affection in the same way as a dog or cat, bearded dragons do show signs of attachment and recognition towards their owners.

One way that bearded dragons demonstrate attachment is through their behavior when their owner is around. They may become more active, curious, and alert, showing a heightened interest in their owner’s presence. They may even approach their owner and climb onto their hand or arm, seeking interaction and physical contact. This is a clear sign that they feel comfortable and secure in their owner’s presence.

Another way that bearded dragons show attachment is through their response to their owner’s voice. They can recognize and differentiate between different voices, including their owner’s voice. When their owner speaks, they may perk up, tilt their head, or even turn towards the sound. This suggests that they associate their owner’s voice with positive experiences and feel a sense of familiarity and comfort when hearing it.

Furthermore, bearded dragons have a keen sense of smell and can recognize their owner’s scent. They may become more relaxed and calm when they smell their owner’s scent, indicating a sense of security and trust. This recognition of scent further strengthens the bond between the owner and the bearded dragon.

In addition to these behavioral cues, there have been scientific studies that support the idea of bearded dragons forming attachments to their owners. Research has shown that reptiles, including bearded dragons, can form social bonds and display social behaviors. They can learn to recognize and respond to their owner’s presence, indicating a level of attachment and companionship.

It’s important to note that the level of attachment may vary between individual bearded dragons. Some may be naturally more outgoing and sociable, while others may be more reserved. However, with proper care, handling, and interaction, most bearded dragons can develop a strong bond with their owners.

Bearded dragons do become attached to their owners. Through their behavior, response to their owner’s voice, recognition of scent, and scientific evidence, it is clear that they can form a bond similar to that of a dog or cat. Building a strong bond with your bearded dragon can enhance their well-being and make them feel secure and loved.