Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinkable?

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Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinkable?

Postby reereejugs » Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:13 pm

That seems to be the general consensus, yeah? Does anyone know why they supposedly don't recognize it?

My girl, Pancake, *does* recognize standing water and trots over to slurp some down as soon as I put a little bowl in her enclosure. She's going on 2 years old in a few months and has been doing this since she was a juvenile. Is she a weirdo (yes, but I mean about the water lol) or is the not recognizing standing water thing more of a myth? Quagmire, my other beardie, wants nothing to do with water in any form. Lester, my first (RIP), would only drink if I dribbled it down his snout first, but he was a rescue and all kinds of jacked up from horrible neglect before I took him in. I don't have any others to personally compare Pancake to.

Anyone else have a beardie who is all about drinking standing water?
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby saraho » Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:36 am

Charlie's first owner told me that he loved drinking from a dropper. I however, have never gotten him to do that in 6 months I've had him. He's never shown any signs of dehydration, with plenty of liquid in his urate. I dunno. These little dudes are just weird on principle.
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:39 am

They're all a bit different on this topic which is why you see so many varying opinions. Sometimes they'll drink from a bowl. Sometimes they need to have the water flicked at to get their attention. Sometimes they will only drink when water is dripped on their nose. Some of them will only drink from a bath, or not at all. As long as they are getting hydration from somewhere, the how isn't as important.
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby AHBD » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:35 am

Mine would all drink from water dripped or sprayed on their snout but they will also drink from a peanut butter jar lid when I put about 1/4 inch water and then drip water in it to attract them. I do this about once a week or 2 , that's usually all they want. When I was raising clutches of babies they all drank by being sprayed every day.
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby reereejugs » Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:46 pm

Hmm, thanks for responding, guys. It's looking like my girl is a bit of a weirdo with her love of drinking from a bowl, but not *that* much of a weirdo lol. She wants her bowl of water every single day and literally demands it if I don't bring it with her food. Stands at her doors like a hunting dog pointing at prey while mean mugging me until I get it for her 🙄.
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby bossdragon » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:01 pm

My bearded dragon wouldn't drink standing water at all so sometimes I would swish it around a little in the bowl until he realizes he can drink it.
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby Shaun78 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:52 am

Volcano only ever used his water dish as a bathroom. He also won't drink from his baths. I mist his salad every morning to make sure he gets his hydration.
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby reereejugs » Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:38 pm

Turns out it wasn’t weirdness but hyperglycemia that was causing at least part of my baby girl’s love of drinking water 😪. Within the past few days, she went from seeming pretty much fine to the crematorium 😭😭. A little over 24 hours ago I learned she had GNT (stomach cancer) and had to make what would’ve been an even more excruciating decision, had she not already been knocking on death’s door by then. It’s not fair 😭
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby bossdragon » Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:54 pm

Oh no I'm so sorry about that!
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby Shaun78 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:48 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss.
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Re: Bearded Dragons Don't Recognize Standing Water As Drinka

Postby loljelloclowdz » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:26 pm

Mari hasn’t taken a drink since she was 4 months old and I poured a gentle stream of water down her chin. She eats enough fresh veggies and juicy BSFL, so I don’t really worry about dehydration for her.

Edit: omg I didn’t see that last part because an Ad covered my page, I’m so sorry.
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