Medically, lethargy is a disease state of sleepiness or unresponsiveness and inactivity. Generally, lethargy is a lack of energy and enthusiasm. Irrespective of the reason, lethargy in pet Bearded dragons is an indication that something is wrong.
A healthy Bearded dragon is bright, alert, and almost always willing to eat. Here are the 4 signs of a lethargic Bearded dragon:
- Unwillingness to eat
- Lying down and unable to use the legs
- Staying in one place most of the time
- Closed eyes and unaware of the surroundings
Greater concerns should be raised when a combination of the above-mentioned signs is observed. Also, see the causes of a lethargic Bearded dragon for more information.
Unwillingness to eat
Bearded dragons are considered good eaters and, on average, should be interested in at least one meal a day. Although a little bit more tricky to judge in babies and newcomers, it becomes obvious when a strong Bearded dragon suddenly stops eating. Lethargy in Bearded dragons will be more likely when this behavior continues for a period of days.
Lying down and unable to use the legs
Healthy Bearded dragons are able to use their legs to lift their bodies off the ground. Their heads are also easily lifted into the air. A lethargic Bearded dragon is too weak to support its head and body.
Staying in one place most of the time
It is very often a sign of weakness when a Bearded dragon is not moving around much and/or is staying in the same place for long periods. When given a gentle push, most Bearded dragons should respond by moving away. Refusing to, or being unable to, should cause great concern.
Closed eyes and unaware of the surroundings
It is natural for Bearded dragons to sleep at night and in colder temperatures. Sleepiness is also less of a concern after a meal or activity. It is abnormal when a Bearded dragon is asleep most of the time.