Bearded dragons are animals full of personality and intelligence; you may have wondered a time or two: do they hear music? Are there certain types of sound that they like to hear?
The answer is yes! They are very sensitive to sound, and will definitely prefer some sounds to others. Distinctive personalities directly correlate toward different adaptations or preferences. Your bearded dragon is very smart; experiment with them to see if they like music, and if so, what their favorite kind is!
Do bearded dragons respond to music?
Bearded dragons are highly intelligent animals that do have an affinity for sound. They’re very sensitive, so it all depends on the type of sound they’re hearing.
They can be easily startled, so if they hear a loud, sudden noise, it may cause them much distress. They hear sounds very well, almost an amplified result that’s very powerful in their ears. This means you need to be careful when subjecting your bearded dragon to sound.
They may like calm, soft sounds, but despise loud, cumbersome noises. Try different sounds out near your bearded dragon to see what they like. Be careful to never create too loud of a sound, as you don’t want to stress your beardie out. All bearded dragons are different, and you’ll have to figure out what your pet enjoys and the sounds they like to listen to. You could try with a noise machine, TV, and music.
What kind of music do bearded dragons like?
This all depends on your bearded dragon! It has been found, though, that most beardies do not like loud and harsh music, such as rock, but prefer calmer, softer music. Start out by having them listen to a couple of your favorite artists. They’ll be able to hear just fine at a low volume. As their sensitivity does impact their taste, it seems a quiet, pretty music may be something they’ll respond well to.
Try out different genres and notice your beardie’s behavior so you can find what they like and what they dislike. You’ll be surprised at what they respond to! Again, this is subjective to your individual pet, so it’ll take you doing the work to see what they like. You may find that your beardie likes jazz, country, or pop. Maybe they like blues or classic! Put them on a low volume and expose them to all different kinds of music. It’ll be a fun bonding time for you and your pet that hopefully they will enjoy.
How to tell if your bearded dragon likes your music?
It’s usually pretty clear if your pet is enjoying the music. If they like it, they will turn towards it, lay down, and maybe even close their eyes. If they look comfortable and relaxed, then you know they are enjoying it.
Positive Body Language
It should be relatively easy to spot what kind of mood they’re in based off their behavior. If they move away, or are showing any other signs of distress, you know it’s time to change the music or turn it off. Hopefully you know the distinctive signs your pet has when they are stressed out, and you can be on the lookout for any of those behaviors occurring. This varies pet by pet, so you will have to investigate what stresses out your bearded dragon and how they show they’re under distress.
If they are enjoying being held by you, you know they’re content. If they try to bite or get away, they aren’t happy!
Do bearded dragons like loud music?
The short answer is no, they don’t. Bearded dragons have an acute sense of hearing because of the need to escape predators in the wild. They have an internal ear, which works extremely well. They may even be able to recognize your voice and their own name. That being said, the majority of bearded dragons won’t like very loud music, as it may put them in distress. There may be some beardies who can tolerate louder frequencies of music or who may enjoy it more, but for the majority of them, don’t blast the music too loud.
How to tell if your bearded dragon dislikes certain genre?
There are certain ways to tell when your bearded dragon is in distress. Hopefully you’ll recognize them more and more the longer you’re around your beardie.
Any type of movement away from the sound probably indicates they aren’t liking what they’re hearing.
Darkening in color
Keep an eye out for dark coloration. Sometimes they do darken in color before they shed, but if you know they aren’t shedding, this can certainly be a cause for concern. It’s showing how upset they are, and you need to help fix what’s going wrong.
Stress marks can also appear on their belly and chin, again showing they are not happy. A lack of activity is also contributed to stress, as well as clawing at the cage, so make sure these things aren’t happening when you are playing music. It could be that your bearded dragon just really doesn’t like music at all. In that case, simply don’t play it for them and they should go back to normal. However, most bearded dragons do enjoy music; it’s stimulating and calming for them. You simply need to find the kind of music that they like.
How do you calm down a stressed bearded dragon?
There are a few things you can do to help calm your beardie down.
Turn the music off
You first want to remove the situation that’s stressing them out, such as loud music or startling movements.
Next you can hold them, while stroking their back or head. If your bearded dragon doesn’t love being held, put them in their enclosure and cover it. It may be wise to not handle them for a while, just leave them to sit in their tank.
Try giving them a bath
Another thing you can do is give them a bath. Most bearded dragons love bath time; it should help level their stress out and give them some relief. You can also feed them from your hand. If you’ve had your beardie for a while, you should know the ways your pet likes to be calmed down. Try whatever you normally do to take away the stress they’re experiencing. If you were trying a different genre of music, now you know the kind your bearded dragon doesn’t like to listen to!
Why should I play music for my beardie?
Music is a great way to stimulate your pet, as it’s a creative way of letting them listen acutely.
It also can be a positive way to bond between you and your bearded dragon. If you’re sitting next to them as they listen to music, they will probably associate the pleasant sounds of music with you! This will be a new way to introduce sound to them, and allow the two of you to spend more time together. It’s a great activity that will add some variety into their normal, everyday routine.
Make the best out of it! As you introduce them to music, try to teach them their name and continue to talk to them daily. They are highly intelligent, and may come to recognize your voice the more time you spend with them. These enriching activities are great for them and should help stimulate their brain.
How much time should I spend playing music for them?
You should be able to tell fairly quickly if your bearded dragon is enjoying or disliking the music. Hopefully they will give you some clear signs not too far into the songs.
They may experience a bit of a sensory overload, so try not to expose them for too long. This is especially important if it’s the first time you’re letting your beardie listen to music.
Just play it for small amounts at a time so you can slowly see which genres they like and dislike. Just make sure you know the signs of distress so that you can turn it off if they’re not liking it. As long as it’s not too loud or startling, they should like the music!
Now that you know the capabilities music has for bearded dragons, go try it! Make sure to play different genres and styles so that you can figure out what your beardie likes. Know what stress signals your beardie will show so you can be on the look out for them, but also look for the positive signs. Hopefully these will be the ones you’ll see!
This fun and easy activity will be both a great bonding experience and enriching, as they have wonderful hearing they don’t get to use as much in their enclosure. They’ll enjoy learning this new activity and getting to hear new sounds and music with you. Make the best experience out of it, and have fun!